Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — The People’s Committee of northern Quảng Ninh Province has allowed cars driven by Chinese nationals to enter Hạ Long City through Móng Cái border gate for tourism purposes.
The entry of Chinese cars will be allowed on a trial basis until December 31 this year, Vũ Văn Hợp, Chief of the Secretariat of the provincial People’s Committee, told the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.
Since January 1, 2017, the province has only allowed cars with less than nine seats owned by Chinese nationals and enterprises to enter Móng Cái City and vice versa during a trial period of one year.
Chinese tourists are not allowed to stay beyond three days per entrance. In case of accidents or broken-down cars, the stay is extended by another day.
In 2017, there were 93 cars ferrying 256 Chinese tourists to Móng Cái City and 38 cars with 110 tourists from Việt Nam to Dongxing City in China.
Cars entering Việt Nam through Móng Cái border gate are allowed to travel around Móng Cái City. Meanwhile, tourists from Việt Nam are allowed to travel around Dongxing City only.
Before starting the trial in Hạ Long City, Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh asked Quảng Ninh Province’s People’s Committee to calculate the number of vehicles operating every month, map the areas in which cars are allowed to enter and take measures to ensure public security and traffic safety.
Meanwhile, the Government Office asked the province to further enhance tourism between Móng Cái City and Dongxing City through Móng Cái border gate.
China also agreed to expand the travel area up to Nanjing City, some 220km from Dongxing City.
According to Quảng Ninh’s authorities, expanding the area of travel up to Hạ Long City will create opportunities to attract tourists and bring profits to enterprises, as well as to the local and State budget. — VNS