Phu Quoc Ridgeback chosen as sacred animal of Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2018

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The Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2018, the annual biggest and most anticipated event welcoming the lunar New Year in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to open from February 13-19.

Designs of 2018 Nguyen Hue Flower Street

Designs of 2018 Nguyen Hue Flower Street

This year’s event themed “Aspiration of rising” will include three topics, Ho Chi Minh City’s Spring, Integration and Development and Rising to the future.
Like the previous years, Saigontourist Travel Service One Member Company is to take the responsibility for implementing the event.
Phu Quoc Ridgeback will be placed along the street as sacred objects of the year.
Phu Quoc dogs originating in Phu Quoc Island off southern Kien Giang province are one of the world’s three rarest dogs with whorls on their backs. They are excellent hunters, unafraid of heights, intelligent and fiercely loyal yet are very trusting with strangers, so they make poor guards. According to dog experts, the Phu Quoc ridgeback dog was traditionally four main colours: spotted, black, yellow, and striped; however now the colours have become more various. A mature dog is about 20-25kg, with a small head, quite a long snout, and thin ears. The dog’s tapering belly, straight legs and “duck-like” toes allow it to swim and run exceedingly well. The residents on Phu Quoc Island are proud of the rare and valuable dog, regarding them as their faithful and close friends.
The flower show is one of the events receiving the highest expectations of people during Tet holidays. The event is aimed to highlight Vietnamese Tet culture and has been held for 15 consecutive years, attracting more than one million visitors each year.
The must-see site on Tet holidays is sponsored by the HCMC Government, Saigontourist Holding Company in partnership with other agencies and businesses in the city.

By QUY NGOC, MINH CHAU – Translated by Kim Khanh

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