Son Tra peninsula develops eco-tourism hinh anh 1 A painting decorates an old wall of a house in Man Thai Ward in Son Tra peninsula of Da Nang. Photo courtesy of Vo Dung

Da Nang – The first mural zone was introduced at Man Thai
Ward – an ancient fishing village since 1735 – in the Son Tra peninsula after
five months of decoration, setting up the development of a community-based
tourism project.

The mural zone, which included 40 paintings on 400m of the old walls in an
alley of the coastal Tan An living quarter, was built as a check-in for
tourists visiting the old fishing village as part of Son Tra peninsula tours.

In 2018, Da Nang included the preservation of ancient fishing villages of Man
Thai, Phuoc My and Tho Quang as part of eco-tour destinations, traditional
cultural performances, whale temples and crafts for tourism all ongoing in the
villages and surrounding area.

Now only five per cent of the population in the village still do fishing, which
is getting a boost from tourism.

Fishermen take short sea trips on coracles or use coastal fishing nets to make
extra money. The local fishermen’s community still hosts the annual Le Hoi Cau
Ngu (Whale Worshipping Festival) in lunar February and has done for the past
three decades.

The festivals, which were organised by fishing communities in Son Tra, Thanh
Khe, Ngu Hanh Son and Lien Chieu, were recognised as a National Intangible
Heritage in 2017.

Authorities of Son Tra district have also debuted its logo for tourism brands,
with domestic and international promotion.

Son Tra peninsula district is home to a 4,400ha nature reserve, with 287
species of animals and 985 species of plants.

A red-shanked douc langurs is snapped on Son Tra Nature Reserve in Da Nang.

The reserve, 10km from the city centre, shelters more than 1,300 red-shanked
douc langurs, declared endangered by the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2013.

It is a favourite destination, with 10,000 tourists visiting the reserve every
month. Da Nang approved the plan to protect biodiversity in Son Tra Nature
Reserve by 2030./.