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Phayao bustling with Chinese tourists for Lunar New Year festivities

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Phayao Provincial Administration Office yesterday reported that a large number of tourist both Thai and foreign nationals have visited the province, joining its Chinese New Year celebration events.
The office boasted this year Phayao is offering a wide range of activities and shows to entertain its guests, highlighting the traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon Dances, a drum show, beauty pageant contests for men and women of Chinese descent, Thai-Chinese cultural shows, and much more.

Phayao Administration said that all of the activities focus on preserving the great cultural bonds between the people of Thailand and China through the revered beliefs and rituals of Buddhism.

A large number of Phayao locals are of Chinese descent, their families arriving in Thailand more than a century ago.