Hau Giang Province, Southern Vietnam
Region: Mekong Delta
Capital: Vi Thanh
Area: 1,608 km² (621 sq mi)
Population: About 800,000
Density: 480/km² (1,200/sq mi)
Demographics: Vietnamese, Hoa, Chăm, Khmer
Calling code: 71
Hau Giang became Can Tho province during/after 1975. Can Tho was the capital of Can Tho province. It is located in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. In late 2004, Can Tho and some surrounding cities became Can Tho Municipality (Thành Pho Can Tho). The remainder of Can Tho Province (old) became Hau Giang Province (new).
Vi Thanh is the capital of Hau Giang Province. It has an industrial zone of 880,000 m² (217 acres). There are roads, National Highway 61 (which leads to National Highway 1 which leads to Can Tho Municipality on the Hau River which leads to Ho Chi Minh City), and water connections by canal and river to the Hau River.
The province comprises one city (Vi Thanh, the provincial capital), one town (Nga Bay), and five districts:
– Châu Thành
– Châu Thành A
– Long My
– Phung Hiep
– Vi Thuy
Hau Giang belongs to Mekong Delta. It borders with Can Tho City, Vinh Long Province on the north, Bac Lieu Province on the south, Soc Trang Province on the east, and Kien Giang Province on the west.
Hau Giang is located on a complicated network of rivers, springs, and canals such as Hau, Cai Tu rivers, Quan Lo, Phung Hiep, Xa No, Xang Nang Mau canals.
The climate is harmonized with few of storms. It is hot, humid all year. The rainy season lasts from May to November, and dry season lasts from December to April. The annual average temperature is 27oC.
Tourism & Economy
Hau Giang has the advantage of growing rice and fruit tree as well as rearing aquaculture. The province is famous for Phung Hiep Floating Market. From seven branches of Mekong River, hundreds of boats join in floating market to sell various fruits and other things like other markets. The name ‘Phung Hiep snake market’ is well-known to foreign tourists. Visitors from over the world come to that market to taste snake liquor and to see the dangerous snake dance.
Hau Giang is also proud of the Historical Site of the Provincial Party Committee’s Base and Long My Historical Site. Long My preserve many interesting things about the glorious history of a resistance war. There are also facilities for entertainment and recreation. In Long My, tourists enjoy seeing numerous of storks of various types and 30 typical species of birds in stork sanctuary.
National Highway No.61 links Vi Thanh City and Can Tho City, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu. Vi Thanh City is 60km from Can Tho.
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