New tours for National Tourism Year

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Several new tourism services will be launched by central Thanh Hoa province this year in response to the 2015 National Tourism Year, including 11 new tours linked with a variety of local tourist attractions. The tours run through the province’s landscapes, historic relics and traditional handicraft villages, including the Tien Son cave, Doc Cuoc temple, Co Tien pagoda, Cam Luong Stream of Gold Fish, World Cultural Heritage Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, Lam Kinh National Special Relic, Ham Rong Culture Tourism Area , Thieu Trung commune’s traditional bronze casting village, Hoi Dao traditional market, and Sam Son beach. Thanh Hoa has been accelerating its promotion activities to develop its tourism image, introduce opportunities for tourism investment, and create new tours attracting visitors from both traditional and new markets. Tours that connect with popular destinations of Hanoi, Ninh Binh and central southern provinces, for example "Journey to Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

Army units act for the needy

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PANO – Military Zone 4 has handed over 24 houses to its needy troops. Each house was built at a cost of VND 60 million from the gratitude fund of the Ministry of National Defence and Military Zone 4. This is among practical activities to encourage needy cadres and soldiers to overcome all difficulties to fulfill their assigned tasks. On December 14th, the Traditional Association of Truong Son-Ho Chi Minh Road organised the "Returning to the Roots" program to the Pac Bo Historical Relic in Ha Quang district and Tran Hung Dao Forest in Nguyen Binh district where the Liberation Army (the predecessor of the Vietnam People’s Army) was founded. During the program, the association, organizations and benefactors presented nine houses and 100 blankets to its needy members. Since 2011, the unit has worked with others to build 1,700 houses, present 2,800 saving books and offer 1,300 scholarships to children of needy members. Meanwhile, Regiment 692 of Division 301 under the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/11

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Heavy Tiger shows girl power in rock Rock 'n' roll band Heavy Tiger from Sweden promises to stir up a concert tonight at Cargo Bar in HCMC's District 4 at 8 p.m. Consisting of guitarist/singer Maja Linn, drummer Astrid Carsbring and bassist Sara Frendin, the band was formed in 2010 when the girls turned 17. Heavy Tiger has staged performances all over Scandinavia and in the UK. Their original songs and performances are inspired by KISS, Thin Lizzy and The Clash. Local rock band WhiteNoiz will also share the stage with Heavy Tiger. … [Read more...]

40 best candidates selected in southern region’s primary round

40 candidates were selected in the southern region's primary round (Photo: SGGP)

A press conference of Miss Vietnam Beauty Pageant 2014 was taken place in Ho Chi Minh City on November 3, aiming to announce list of 40 best candidates for the primary round of the southern region. The southern region's primary round will be kicked off in Bac Lieu city from November 4-9. The candidates will perform Ao dai dress (Vietnamese traditional dress), bikini and gala event dress. … [Read more...]

State President meets former elite troops

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PANO - State President Truong Tan Sang on October 9th hosted a reception for former elite troops from the traditional liaison board of the Capital Regiment, the Sai Gon - Gia Dinh Military Zone, and the Da Nang city Commando Forces, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Hanoi capital's Liberation Day. At the reception, President Sang inquired after war veterans and listened to their thoughts and wills, as well as presented gifts to them. He also recalled the heroic history and glorious traditions of the armed forces in national construction and defence cause in the past. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/10

Thuy Linh shines at Miss International The strikingly beautiful Vietnamese model Cao Thuy Linh was chosen Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant on October 7. Eighty-five international contestants coming from different countries and territories around the globe participated in the gala affair held in Bangkok, Thailand. Daryanne Lees from Cuba was sashed winner of the MGI 2014. The two runner-up title went to Hiwot Mamo from Ethiopia and Kathryn Kohut from Canada. … [Read more...]

The Tran Dynasty Historical Relic Complex recognized as Special National Relic

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PANO - Quang Ninh province on September 13th held a ceremony at An Sinh temple to receive the certificate recognizing Tran Dynasty Historical Relic Complex in Dong Trieu district, Quang Ninh province as Special National Relic. The complex, covering 2,206 hectares, has 14 relics, including temples and pagodas in four communes of An Sinh, Binh Khe, Thuy An and Trang An. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh highly appreciated efforts of Quang Ninh province in general and Dong Trieu district in particular in preserving and promoting cultural values of the historical relics and asked them to cooperate with local and central organs to raise the quality of relics management, preservation and development. He suggested the locality to take advantages of this historical complex to develop tourism products to attract more tourists. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/7

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The Aristocrats tour to stop in HCM City As part of their "Culture Clash" Asian tour, US rock band Aristocrats will perform at a live concert in HCM City on August 13. The band, made up of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller, and drummer Narci Minnermann, will play instrumental rock and jazz fusion. The show will begin at 8 pm at the HCM City Music Centre, 57 Cao Thang Street, District 3. Tickets costing VND500,000-1 million are available at the venue. HCM City awaits South Korean girl band Famous South Korean girl group 2NE1 will perform in HCM City on August 10 as part of its "All or Nothing" - 2014 World Tour. The four-member band, consisting of CL, Park Boom, Dara, and Minzy, will perform songs from their latest album Come Back Home, which was released early this year, and latest singles like Missing You and Falling in Love. Two world-renowned directors Travis Payne and Stacy Walker are set to join the girl band's tour. The concert will take place at 6pm at Phu … [Read more...]

Mexico meeting rebukes China for illegal acts

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The Mexico - Vietnam Friendship and Cooperation Institute (MVCFI) on June 25 held a meeting in front of the Chinese Embassy in Mexico City to protest China's illegal stationing of the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone. … [Read more...]

China’s southeastern border ends at Hainan Island: Chinese Emperor’s map

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VietNamNet Bridge - Another ancient document showing that China's southeastern frontier ends at the Hainan Island has been found: a map that was drawn at the order of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty in 1717. China's territory included land and waters where Chinese emperors had sovereignty over and controlled. Therefore, the easiest way to see China's official territory is to consider China's historical documents or Chinese maps published by Chinese emperors. The map that was drawn and published at the order of Emperor Kangxi in 1717 is such evidence. This is an official document of China, with international values that China can use to determine their sovereign lands. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s big cities ready to celebrate national holidays

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A wide range of activities are ready in Vietnam's big cities to entertain people during the Unification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1), the country's national holidays. In Hanoi, an exhibition titled "Chuyen Cua Nguoi Dang Lon" (As We Grow Up) is going on at the Museum of Vietnam Ethnology. Also at the venue on Nguyen Van Huyen Street in Cau Giay District, a series of folk games from ethnic groups like Si La, Cong, Gia Rai, Ba Na and E De are being held. A water puppetry show, to take place at the museum from April 30 to May 4, will be a magnet for children. During the holidays, more than 20,000 book titles will be on display at the book fest titled "Dai Tuong Vo Nguyen Giap - Ngon Nui Lua Phu Tuyet" (General Vo Nguyen Giap - the Snow-Covered Volcano) held by Thai Ha bookstore and Kim Dong publisher at Savico Megamall at 7 - 9 Nguyen Van Linh Street in Long Bien District. The Central Circus at 67 - 69 Tran Nhan Tong Street in Hai Ba Trung District … [Read more...]

Typical historical and cultural places: Valuable resources for tourism

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Typical historical and cultural places in Khanh Hoa Province are extremely valuable resources to develop tourism. Recently, a scientific seminar themed "Typical historical and cultural places of Khanh Hoa Province for traditional education and tourism promotion" has been held by the Department of Propaganda and Training under Khanh Hoa Provincial Party Committee. At the seminar, the issue how to develop values of typical historical and cultural places in tourism has been discussed. Statistics say that Khanh Hoa Province features 1,089 vestiges, including 13 at national levels and 7 recognized as intangible heritages. Additionally, the province owns typical historical and cultural places, many of which have advantages for tourism such as Boat with no number 235 (in Ninh Van Commune,Ninh Hoa Town), Van Phong - Doc Let, Nha Phu Swamp, Chong Rock, Ponagar Temple, Nha Trang Bay and Cam Ranh Bay. According to Master Le Van Hoa, Cultural Beureau Chief of the provincial Department of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 11/4

France to host Vietnam Film Festival in July The French coastal city of Saint Malo plans to put on a Vietnam Film Festival this summer, organisers said at an April 8 press conference in Paris. The event will be organised by French company Iriscomm in collaboration with the French Embassy in Vietnam and the Cinema Department under Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Ngo Phuong Lan, director of the Cinema Department, said the festival will give French audiences their first viewing of films made during the past two decades that reflect important historical events, the development of Vietnam-France relations and the growth of Vietnam's film industry. Some of the films have won prizes at international film festivals. In addition, several films that feature Vietnamese themes made by French directors or overseas Vietnamese in France will also be screened, Lan said. As well as feature films, documentaries and animated films are also on the programme. Speaking at the … [Read more...]