H’Mong King Palace in Dong Van stone plateau

The palace is located on the valley that was carefully selected according to feng shui. This is a national monument, recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 1993.

VietNamNet Bridge - The Vuong Chi Sinh Palace or Vuong's Palace is located in a valley in Xa Phin Commune, Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province. Vuong's Palace is home to Vuong Duc Chinh and his son Vuong Chi Sinh. Vuong Duc Chinh was a mandarin under Nguyen Dynasty. He worked for Hoang Tu Binh, a land lord in the area. Vuong Chinh Duc succeeded Tu Hoang Binh when Binh were old. Vuong Chinh Duc became rich from dealing goods, especially opium. Sa Phin is the middle point of opium from the … [Read more...]

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A palace for the Don

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Standing in the shade of tall, straight trees in the cloudy Dong Van Plateau is a century-old mansion, the former residence of a powerful family headed by a veritable Don in the early 20th century. The palace of the Vuong family, led by Vuong Chinh Duc, dubbed Vua Meo (King of the H'mong ethnic people), has become a popular tourist attraction in the mountainous province of Ha Giang over the last few years. Vietnam's Vua Meo, or the spiritual leader of the H'mong people, may not be as famous … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 13/7

State firms get ultimatum The Government on Monday officially promulgated a resolution asking State-owned groups and corporations to complete a capital withdrawal from non-core investments by 2015. Accordingly, these groups and corporations would have to ensure market principles, transparency and retain State-owned capital and assets at the highest level. The Government said this was considered an important step to restructure State-owned enterprises, especially those invested in risky … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 13/9

Ngo Quang Nam's watercolours exhibited in Hanoi Thirty-five watercolour paintings by Ngo Quang Nam are on display at the Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi until September 20. Ngo Quang Nam's work depicts diverse and dynamic daily life and the beauty of the land and people of Vietnam in various traditional Vietnamese materials like "do" (papyrus) , cardboard and silk. Though Ngo Quang Nam specialised in oil painting and has produced hundreds of oil and lacquer paintings, he is showcasing his … [Read more...]

Bong Sen Theatre celebrates jubilee with special concert

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The traditional Bong Sen (Lotus) Song and Dance Theatre will celebrate its 50th jubilee anniversary with a special concert at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on September 11. Dancer Linh Nga and her younger brother Long Phi ('Dan nhi' or fiddle player) in the performance (Photo: Tuoitre) Many generations of artists who have made outstanding contributions to the theatre will join the event, such as People's Artist Phuong Bao, Meritorious Artists To Lan Phuong, Do Loc, Tuan Phong, Quang Ly, … [Read more...]

Discovering Dong Van Karst Plateau from Heritage Perspective

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A picture of intermingled cultural sediments on a vast space which offers a clear sense of cultural and historical values in addition to geological structures is the heritage of huge values - Dong Van Karst Plateau, which features interesting stratigraphic characters existing underground for millions of years. Located in the northwest of Ha Giang province, Dong Van Karst Plateau covers Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac and Dong Van districts. Lying at an altitude of 1,000 - 1,600 metres above the sea … [Read more...]

11th Party Congress announces CPVCC members

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on January 18 elected 175 official members and 25 alternate members to CPV Central Committee (CPVCC) for the 11th tenure. The following is the list of the official members of the 11th CPVCC: 1. Hoang Tuan Anh, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism 2. Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC and General and Minister of Public Security 3. Le Thi Thu Ba, member of the CPVCC, member of the … [Read more...]

Restored Mong King’s house becomes major tourism site

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VietNamNet Bridge - Hanoian couple Bich Thuy and Thanh Trung chose the Vuong Mansion - an old two-storey wooden house in the Dong Van karst plateau in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, as the background for their wedding photos. The house is the place where bride-to-be Thuy received her proposal of marriage a year ago. "The beautiful wooden mansion somehow is a part of our love story, so we wanted it (the house) present in our photos," she said. … [Read more...]

The Hmong king’s palace in Ha Giang

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On a tour of Ha Giang Province we visited Dong Van Plateau and decided to take a day to see the palace where the king of the Hmong people lived early last century. The palace of Vua Meo, where the king of H'Mong lived last century in Dong Van Plateau, Ha Giang Province - Photo: Lam Van Son … [Read more...]

Forestry fee pilot programme hailed

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Ha Noi — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung wants the policy of payment for forest environmental services pioneered in two highland provinces two years ago quickly extended. … [Read more...]

Ha Long cross-country tournament to launch

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PANO - The Ha Long Cross-Country Tournament, themed "To love national seas and islands" will be held by the Quang Ninh provincial People's Committee in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee on November 29th in Quang Ninh province. During the tournament, 500 couples will hold hands to participate in a color run, entitled "Colors of happiness", to show their love, vitality and determination to make a fortune at national islands. … [Read more...]

Unity urged to boost national growth

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(VOVworld) - National Unity Day was celebrated in An Thai village, Ha Nam province on Tuesday. In his address, President Truong Tan Sang stressed the importance of unity in residential areas and called on every one to unite to contribute to national development: "I urge the Vietnam Fatherland Front and its affiliates to continue reforming patriotic emulation movements. The movement to build a healthy lifestyle in residential areas will develop new models of self-management, helping to build new … [Read more...]

Government News 4/11

PM calls for further efforts to manage illegal drugs and addiction Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged relevant ministries and the community at large to apply more systematic measures to ensure the effectiveness of drug addiction prevention and control, as well as treatment and rehabilitation. Chairing a meeting in Hanoi on November 3 on drug addiction management, he pointed out that drug abuse was still prevalent, with a rising number of drug addicts. The PM asked for further research to be … [Read more...]

Int’l conference on building peaceful Vietnam-Lao borderline

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(VOV) -The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee and the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Central Committee jointly held an international conference on building a peaceful borderline between the two countries in the 2014 - 2016 period. The event, which took place on November 3 in Laos' Khammuan province, was attended by LFNC Central Committee President Phanduangchith Vongsa, VFF Central Committee Vice President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim, who is also Chairman of the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 3/11

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First 4DX theatre in Ha Noi to open next month Next month, the first 4DX theatre in Ha Noi will provide movie-goers the opportunity to enjoy international blockbusters like never before. The 4DX theatre will be opened at the Ba Trieu Vincom Centre by CGV Cinemas, who launched Viet Nam's first 4DX theatre at Hung Vuong Plaza in HCM City earlier this year. The CGV cinemas in Ha Noi and HCM City are the first to offer the group's latest technology. Hanoi to host Toyota Classics 2014 Toyota … [Read more...]

Social News 3/11

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Annual run raises funds for kids with cancer, heart disease Thousands of Hanoians are expected to participate in a run that will raise funds for underprivileged children with cancer and heart diseases. The annual Ha Noi Run for Children (HRC) on November 9 will begin at the main gate of the Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park on Tran Nhan Tong Street, and go around Thien Quang Lake. Launched by the Embassy of Canada and other agencies, the HRC fundraising event is now considered a fall tradition … [Read more...]

Exchange programme boosts Lang Son-Guanxi children friendship

Lang Son, November 2 (VNA) - As many as 150 children from Lang Son city in the northern border province of Lang Son and the Chinese city of Chongzao in neighbouring Guangxi province participated in a friendship programme in Lang Son city. The programme aims to foster and develop connections between youngsters and children on both sides, as well as the relations between the two peoples. Along with a number of friendship activities, the children took part in a musical exchange on November 1, … [Read more...]

Exchange programme boosts Lang Son-Guangxi children friendship

As many as 150 children from Lang Son city in the northern border province of Lang Son and the Chinese city of Chongzao in neighbouring Guangxi province participated in a friendship programme in Lang Son city. The programme aims to foster and develop connections between youngsters and children on both sides, as well as the relations between the two peoples. Along with a number of friendship activities, the children took part in a musical exchange on November 1, with songs featuring Vietnam … [Read more...]

Vietnamese beauty reflected in traditional long dress

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(VOVworld)- Created in the 17th century, the long dress has become Vietnam's traditional costume. The dress reflects the Vietnamese culture and embraces Vietnamese women's beauty and personality. Mrs. Huynh Thi Kim Tuyen still remembers female students in traditional white long dresses mobilizing other students to join the revolutionary movements of the 1970s. Tuyen, who was the first Secretary of the Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City's University of Literature, now called the University of … [Read more...]