Horse racing of Mong people

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(VOVOworld) - The horse is an important animal in the daily life of the Mong people and horse racing is a popular sport among the Mong men. During the national unity festival at the Culture-Tourism village of Vietnamese ethnic groups in Hanoi, tourists had an opportunity to watch the fantastic horse racing of the Mong people from Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. At the starting signal, the jockeys crouch low on horseback and spur their horses to pass their competitors. Mong jockeys wear their traditional clothing, plus plastic helmets and canvas shoes. They ride with a bridle but no saddle. 16 horses race in pairs. Sometimes, a nervous horse gallops off the race track as the jockey tries in vain to control it. Some jockeys fall on a sharp turn, making viewers' hearts miss a beat. Vang Van Quyet and Vang Van Cuong of Na Ang B hamlet, Na Hoi commune, just finished their race. "I've been around horses since I was small. I sit firmly on the horseback and try to keep my balance. I … [Read more...]

Northern highlanders search for horses for yearly race

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In the lead up to this year's horse racing festival in Lao Cai Province, Bac Ha District, racers have been travelling to several highland villages to search for race horses. Thao Seo Lenh, a Mong ethic man in Ta Van Chu Commune, said, "In the past most people in Ta Van Chu Commune only raised horses for work purposes, but now more are raising race horses because of the annual horse racing festival was held in Bac Ha, which started in 2005. The price for a race horses has increased to between VND15 million and VND20 million (USD713.06-USD950.75)." Vang Van Cot, a Tay ethnic man in Na Hoi Commune, is experienced in raising horses.He said prices could be much higher for the best horses. "A good race horse can be over 1.6 metres high, and is usually between four and six years old," Cot shared. A race horse must be fed with over 10 kilos of fresh grass together with two kilos of corn per day, and should be trained regularly to maintain their stamina, he added. Last year's … [Read more...]

Bac Ha Traditional Horse Race

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The final round of the Open Bac Ha Traditional Horse Race was held at the Bac Ha Town Stadium in the northern province of Lao Cai on May 29. The event this year drew the participation of eight teams including 60 horsemen, some of whom were participating for the first time. The teams were from Muong Khuong district, Lao Cai province and Xin Man district, Ha Giang province. The best 26 horsemen were selected to compete in the final race. The first prize winner was No. 29, Vang Van Huynh from La Hoi commune, second and third prizes went to No. 25, Vang Van Cuong, also from La Hoi commune, and No. 30, Thao Seo Lenh from Ta Van Chu commune, respectively. Three consolation prizes and three team prizes were also given to the best teams in the qualifying rounds. Thousands of local people and visitors watching the horse race A parade before the race starts Ready at the starting line Off they run Rounding a bend Getting back on after a fall Back to the racetrack At full … [Read more...]

Ceremony to recognize Suoi Mo Temple Festival as national intangible cultural heritage

At the ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

(Cinet)- A ceremony to receive a certificate in recognition of the Suoi Mo Temple Festival as a national intangible cultural heritage as well as to open the annual festival was held in Bac Giang province on May 07. Suoi Mo is the name of a stream that runs along the valley at the foot of the Huyen Dinh - Yen Tu Mountain. Located in Nghia Phuong commune, Luc Nam district, Bac Giang province, Suoi Mo Temples consist of Den Thuong (upper temple), below along the spring are Den Trung (middle temple) and Den Ha (lower temple) which were built during the Le Dynasty. The temple has been used for worshiping the Holy Mother of the top mountain called Que My Nuong. It is believed that she was the daughter of the 16th Hung King. It’s the religious with the nationally cultural – historical monuments. It all creates a beautiful picture for those who once come to Suoi Mo. Companion with many beautiful landscapes, there is a wide of activities such as climbing, biking, hunting, … [Read more...]

Social News 3/5

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Red Cross activities integrated into climate change response More than 15,000 households in 14 cities and provinces who announced natural disaster status, have received initial support from the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC). Vice President of the VRC Central Committee Tran Thi Hong An told an April 27-28 event, that by April 24, 2016, the organisation had mobilised over 25 billion VND (1.1 million USD) donated by people from all walks of life to aid natural disaster victims. The conference, jointly held by the VRC, the German Red Cross (GRC) and the VRC's chapter in Quang Binh province, aims to assess the risks and impacts of climate change and how red cross activities can work in response to climate change. As part of the GRC-funded "Community-based disaster risk management" project, the event is due to create an opportunity for the VRC, and relevant agencies, to promote the integration of climate change adaptation into the management of risks and disasters in Vietnam. It is … [Read more...]

Khâu Vai love market culture- tourism week celebrates Hà Giang culture

Long-lost love: Khâu Vai love market in Mèo Vạc District of Hà Giang Province has been an annual meeting place for old lovers. Photo vovgiaothong.vn

HÀ GIANG - The Khâu Vai Love Market Culture-Tourism Week - an annual cultural event in the northern mountainous province of Hà Giang - will take place in Mèo Vạc District from May 1 to 3. Vice Chairman of the District People's Committee Trần Kim Ngọcsaid this year's event would highlight the unique cultural identities of local ethnic minority groups. Activities include goat, cow and nightingale fighting festivals, horse races and incense offerings at two temples in Khâu Vai Commune. A photo exhibit featuring the beauty of Khâu Vai Commune, folk games and a dày cake (round glutinous rice cake) making contest will also be held at the event. Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the Nùng ethnic people's betrothal ceremony, and enjoy traditional dishes of ethnic minorities from across the locality. Visitors can attend an art performance on the sad story of a couple believed to be the origin of the Khâu Vai Love Market, established in 1919. Legend has it that a couple … [Read more...]

Ha Giang ‘love festival’ to kick off

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(VOVworld)- The Khau Vai Love Market Culture-Tourism Week – an annual cultural event in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang - will take place in Meo Vac District from May 1 to 3. Vice Chairman of the District People’s Committee Tran Kim Ngoc said this year’s event would highlight the unique cultural identities of local ethnic minority groups. Activities include goat, cow and nightingale fighting festivals, horse races and incense offerings at two temples in Khau Vai Commune. A photo exhibit featuring the beauty of Khau Vai Commune, folk games and a giay cake (round glutinous rice cake) making contest will also be held at the event. Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the Nung ethnic people’s betrothal ceremony, and enjoy traditional dishes of ethnic minorities from across the locality. Visitors can attend an art performance on the sad story of a couple believed to be the origin of the Khau Vai Love Market, established in 1919. … [Read more...]

Khau Vai love market culture- tourism week celebrates Ha Giang culture

Long-lost love: Khau Vai love market in Meo Vac District of Ha Giang Province has been an annual meeting place for old lovers. Photo vovgiaothong.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – The Khau Vai Love Market Culture-Tourism Week – an annual cultural event in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang - will take place in Meo Vac District from May 1 to 3. Vice Chairman of the District People’s Committee Tran Kim Ngoc said this year’s event would highlight the unique cultural identities of local ethnic minority groups. Activities include goat, cow and nightingale fighting festivals, horse races and incense offerings at two temples in Khau Vai Commune. A photo exhibit featuring the beauty of Khau Vai Commune, folk games and a day cake (round glutinous rice cake) making contest will also be held at the event. Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the Nung ethnic people’s betrothal ceremony, and enjoy traditional dishes of ethnic minorities from across the locality. Visitors can attend an art performance on the sad story of a couple believed to be the origin of the Khau Vai Love Market, established … [Read more...]

Preparations for National Tourism Year 2017 discussed

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PANO – A variety of interesting culture, sports and tourism activities will be organized during National Tourism Year 2017 in Lao Cai province. Organizers made the announcement on April 14th in Hanoi at a press conference to discuss preparations for the event. The province is now working with northeastern provinces to come up with special new products to help tourists discover the natural beauty of terraced rice fields and different flowers in the region, markets of ethnic minority groups, pagodas, and historical roads. Their goal is to welcome 10 million tourists by 2020. To attract both domestic and international tourists, Lao Cai will organize a spring festival in the first lunar month, the Sa Pa festival in the second quarter, a traditional horse race in June, an international marathon tournament in September, an international cycling tournament in October, and a boat race in January, according to Ha Van Thang, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and … [Read more...]

US presidential election: D. Trump and Democrat B. Sanders win New Hampshire primary

New Hampshire marks a dramatic win for two outsiders: Republican Donald Trump (L) and Democrat Bernie Sanders (R) (Photo: AFP/ Getty Images)

(VOVworld) - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary. Billionaire Mr Trump is likely to get more than twice the number of votes of the next Republican candidate. Ohio Governor John Kasich came second in the Republican vote, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio all vying for third place. With more than 80% of the votes counted, Senator Sanders has a lead of more than 20 percentage points over Mrs Clinton in the two-horse race for the Democratic nomination. New Hampshire is the second state to choose delegates in the long nomination battle following last week's Iowa caucuses, which were won by Mr Cruz for the Republicans and Mrs Clinton for the Democrats. The result gives momentum to the winners ahead of the next contests in South Carolina and Nevada. … [Read more...]

Traditional custom of Vietnamese ethnics on Tet holiday

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(Cinet)- Each ethnic minority group has its own festivals, customs, beliefs and farming practice. Tet festival lasts about half a month, during which time many exciting cultural and community activities take place. Following are traditional Tet festival customs of some ethnic minority groups in Vietnam including Muong ethnic minority, Tay ethnic minority, Cham people,Co Tu ethnic people, Dao ethnic minority, Sedang ethnic minority, H'mong ethnic minority, Hre ethnic minority,Thai ethnic minority, San Chi ethnic minority and Ede ethnic minority. 1. Tay ethnic minority The Tet festival of Tay ethnic people starts on the 30th of the last lunar month to the morning of the third day of the New Year. On the seventh day of the Lunar New Year, they go to work in field, but only as a formality. On the 15th day of the first lunar month, they celebrate Tet festival again. Different from Thai ethnic people, Tay ethnic minority's taboo is that a person who is not invited to come their home … [Read more...]

First-ever Saigon AutoFest gets ready to rev up

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(VOV) -Saigon AutoFest organizers are planning to give people what they want— lots of noise with plenty of entertainment at a family event with a great deal of stuff for adults and kids to do. The first-ever annual Saigon AutoFest is set for January 9-10, 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City, the planning committee unveiled in a posting on its website and it will showcase over 100 vehicles. It’s not just a car show or automotive themed event, but an event that is suitable for enthusiasts of all ages and it will have plenty of live bands, wine events, cooking contests, horse racing and other fun things for kids. A wide variety of makes and models will rev up their engines at the festival, everything from dune buggies to street rods, customs, and classics to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz said the posting. … [Read more...]

Tight race and tensions as Tanzania readies for polls

DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzania votes in presidential elections on Sunday, with the race seen as the most open and expected to be the tightest in the East African nation's history. As well as a presidential race in East Africa's most populous country, voters will also be casting ballots in parliamentary and local polls on October 25, including on the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, which will also hold its own presidential elections. Outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who is not running having served his constitutional two-term limit, has ordered the police to boost security to ensure voting in the country of some 52 million people passes off peacefully. "Execute your duty professionally... don't harass or intimidate or favour anyone, but don't hesitate to deal with troublemakers," Kikwete told top police chiefs this week. Change is inevitable with Kikwete standing down – unlike neighbouring Burundi where President Pierre Nkurunziza defied violent protests to win a … [Read more...]

Canada set to vote in tight election race

OTTAWA — Canadians go to the polls on Monday with the option of choosing to "stay the course" with the Conservatives or plump for change touted by the Liberals and New Democrats, in legislative elections too close to call. In power since 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is seeking a fourth mandate, hoping to hold onto key Conservative support in the western plains and in suburban Toronto, Canada's largest city. But the 56-year-old faces stiff opposition from his emboldened rivals. In the one corner is Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, 43, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who is considered the father of modern Canada. The Liberals have sneaked ahead in the most recent opinion polls. In the other corner is Thomas Mulcair, 60, head of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and looking to build on a second-place finish in the last ballot, in 2011, and govern for the first time ever. The social democrats started the campaign -- one of the longest in Canadian history -- … [Read more...]

Visiting Bac Ha the white plateau

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Following National Highway 70 which lies by imposingly high mountains of the northern province of Lao Cai, we arrived in Bac Ha District, which is known by the name "white plateau." Coming to Bac Ha, most tourists visit the market session of Mong ethnic people. The session is usually held in the district’s center. From the previous evening, Mong people go down the mountains to prepare for the market session the next morning. Bac Ha has market sessions in different areas for different goods, including brocade products, working tools made by Mong people, homegrown vegetables, livestock and poultry. Among the specialties of Mong people are dried chili and sugarcane, which is soft, sweet and aromatic as sugarcane plants are grown on the plateau with cool weather all year round. In a market session, the most bustling place which always gathers a lot of people is the food area, and the dish that arouses curiosity for visitors from other places the most is thang co, a traditional … [Read more...]

Phu Quoc – A billion USD construction site

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VietNamNet Bridge – Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island, located off the coast of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, is experiencing a boom in investment in tourism and hospitality, opening unparalleled opportunities for investors. It has become a great construction site with over 200 projects and registered capital of more than VND180 trillion ($8.3 billion) by the end of July. Vice Chairman of Phu Quoc District, Mr. Huynh Quang Hung, said that by late July 2015, Phu Quoc had 136 ongoing projects, with a total area of 5,110 ha. Of these, several projects with capital of several thousands to several tens of trillion dong, invested by giant corporations as Vingroup and Sun Group and a number of other large investors are ready to start. Some investors are also willing to invest in a new casino project in Bai Dai with an area of 30,000 m2 area and committed capital of $4 billion. Below are some huge projects on Phu Quoc: 1. Phu Quoc Int'l Passenger Port This … [Read more...]

Leisure park planned for picturesque Phu Quoc

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The Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction JSC, also known as Fecon, and the United Arab Emirates-based Vault Investments LLC last week signed a strategic co-operation deal on investment research into the Ho Suoi Lon entertainment and sports park on Phu Quoc Island. The park is expected to be built in the centre of the island on an area of 175 hectares and include areas for horse racing, car racing, and shooting, as well as water sports. Crucially, the developers are looking into ways to use clean energy in all aspects of the complex, with a solar energy producing zone. Fecon is the local project developer of the complex, while Vault is the financial investor. The consortium, with support from prestigious US and Italian consultants, hoped to submit an investment proposal to the Phu Quoc Island Investment Development Management Authority and the Kien Giang People’s Committee for approval this November. Vietnamese Ambassador to the UAE Pham Dinh Dam said that as a … [Read more...]

Vault and Fecon to study entertainment and sports complex

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HA NOI (Biz Hub) — United Arab Emirates-based Vault Investments L.L.C (Vault), and Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction (FECON) signed a strategic partnership agreement on investment research on a construction complex on Phu Quoc Island on August 4. As part of the research, they would study an urban, entertainment and sports complex spanning 175ha on the island in southern Kien Giang Province. FECON said the complex would include sports zones for horse racing, car racing, shooting as well as some water sports, which were quite new for many local people. They also plan to have a smart urban zone, a cinema, a gallery, performance stages, a café and a restaurant. More importantly, they would study ways to use clean energy in all activities at the complex with a solar energy producing zone of 10 MWh capacity. FECON said the complex would feature or develop more attractions on the island. Vault was the investor in the project and Fecon was its local … [Read more...]

Entertainment park for Phu Quoc

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A cooperation project for the Ho Suoi Lon entertainment and sports park on Phu Quoc Island was signed between the Foundation Engineering & Underground Construction JSC (FECON) and the UAE’s Vault Investment Fund. The park is expected to be built in the center of Phu Quoc Island on an area of 175 ha and include horse racing, shooting, car racing and water sports. The two partners are said to be researching clean energy supply for the park. FECON is the local project developer and the Vault Investment Fund is the financial investor. A representative from FECON said that since 2014 the company has accelerated its market research and sought investment opportunities in Dubai (UAE) and Myanmar. Vault Investment Fund belongs to Nakheel, one of the five largest real estate and infrastructure developers in the UAE. Phu Quoc Island, of the coast of the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang province, covers 567 sq km. In June the government issued Decision No. 88 on the development … [Read more...]

Five highlights of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 19

Hai Phong (red) are among the five home teams to win their home games during Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 19 last weekend. (Image credit: bongdaplus.vn)

NDO – Five out of six home teams won their games, Binh Duong stayed atop the standings and red cards handed out to favourite players were some notable events of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 19 last weekend.>>> Thanh Hoa beat Nghe An 2-11. The round of home teams No home team suffered a loss, with five out of six home teams scoring a win in this round. While Dong Tam Long An, Hai Phong and QNK Quang Nam bagged a 2-0 win each; FLC Thanh Hoa beat Song Lam Nghe An 2-1 and Becamex Binh Duong trounced XSKT Can Tho 4-1. Although not able to earn a win at home, one point in a clash with Hanoi T&T was considered a success for Dong Nai. 2. Two-horse race atop the standings After two consecutive losses to Sanna Khanh Hoa and Hoang Anh Gia Lai, defending champion Binh Duong recorded an impressive comeback by winning their 2nd game in a row. This round, coach Mai Duc Chung’s players won three points by defeating Can Tho 4-1. Thanh Hoa also defeated Nghe An 2-1 to … [Read more...]