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Travel guide for Bac Kan province, Vietnam

Area: 4868.4 sq. km.

Population: 294.7 thousand habitants (April 2009).

Capital: Bac Kan Town.

Districts: Ba Be, Ngan Son, Cho Don, Na Ri, Cho Moi, Bach Thong, Pac Nam.

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Tay, H’Mong, Dao…

Located: Bắc Kạn , also called Bắc Cạn, is a province of Vietnam, which is located in the northeastern part of the country, due north of the capital Hanoi. Bắc Kạn is the only town of the province which is the capital of the province and is a municipality. The province covers an area of 4859.4 square kilometers and as of 2008 it had a population of 308,900 people.

Bac Kan is a mountainous province with rich natural resources of minerals and forests. It has a diversity of mountains, rivers and lakes which are very attractive; Ba Be National Park and the Ba Be Lake within its areas are popular attractions.

Geography of Bac Kan province

Bac Kan is a mountainous province that has common border with Cao Bang Province to the north, Tuyen Quang Province to the west, Lang Son Province to the south-east, and Thai Nguyen Province to the south. The topography is mainly midland, mountainous. The province has a diversified system of rivers and springs.

Climate of Bac Kan province

The Province has two main seasons: dry and cold lasts from April to October and hot and rainy from November to December. The cold season lasts longer in the north region. The annual average temperature is 25oC. The annual rainfall is about 1,400mm- 1,800mm. The weather has drizzling rain and high humidity in March, April and August.

The climatic condition of the province is typically tropical monsoonal, which exhibits two distinct seasons namely, the rainy season from May to October accounting for about 88-90 % of the annual rainfall and dry climatic conditions between November and April. This results in water shortage conditions during the dry months

Tourism and Economy of Bac Kan province

Bac Kan has natural of mineral and forest, especially primitive forests with rich of flora and faune. Aside that, natural gives the province many interesting sights such as Ba Be National Park, Dau Dang Waterfall, Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave. Bac Kan used to be a cradle of Vietnam revolution so it has many revolutionary relics as ATK in there.

Bac Kan is famous for Ba Be Lake Spring Festival with many rituals and activities as boat racing, wrestling, dancing, nem con (con throwing). The festival attracts a lot of people arround the region.

Transportation in Bac Kan province

Bac Kan Town is 166km from Hanoi. It is located on the Hanoi – Cao Bang inter-provincial No. 3.

Economy of Bac Kan province

Agriculture operations in the province

Bắc Kạn’s economy is centred on mining, forest products, agriculture and some degree of tourism offered by its mountains, lakes and the national park. Some statistics related to the economy of the province are the following.

In 2008, there were only 10 farms as against the national number of 120,699 farms.

The province’s agricultural output produce in 2008, at constant 1994 prices, was worth 406.3 billion dongs against the national value of 156,681.9 billion dongs

The province produced 151,800 tones of cereals as against the national production of 43.68 million tones, in 2008.

The per capita production of cereals in the district was 491.4 kg as against the national figure of 501.8 kg, in 2007.

In 2007, the industrial output of the province was a meagre 376.5 billion dongs against the national output of 1.47 million billion dong


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