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 Golden Triangle region of Myanmar Yunnan China to Indochina. Duc also set up his own army unit of loyal Hmong people and equipped them with weapons. And, like the other land lords in the history of Viet Nam, he built his palace, a mansion of his own as a way to enjoy his wealth and assert power. When embarking on building a mansion for his clan, Duc invited a geomancy reader from China to survey the region and throughout the valley Sa Phin. The geomancy man chose this area, because the … [Read more...]

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 as General Vang Pao of Laos, but his palace was recognized by the government in 1993 as a national cultural heritage. Built in 1914, the mansion has survived two major wars - against the French and the Americans - and is described as a symbol of the past glory of H'mong people. Vuong Chinh Duc (1865-1947) ruled over an "empire" stretching from the province's Dong Van Plateau to Meo Vac Town, in the early 20th century. Thanks to the production and cross-border trade of opium made him the … [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 sectors such as real estate, banking, finance and insurance. The groups and corporations would have to map out restructuring plans including capital divestment from non-core businesses. They would also have to withdraw investment from joint ventures and associated companies which do not relate to main businesses. Organisations involved in these risky ventures have been required to promptly submit their plans for approval. Those involved in less risky investments would be allowed to divest … [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 watercolours in this exhibition. … [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, Tran Chinh, Ai Xuan, Tuyet Mai, Anh Tuyet, singers Cam Van, Cao Minh, Nhat Sinh and dancers Linh Nga, Bach Van, Trung Hieu, Khanh Toan and Thuy Van. The 150-minute concert titled "Lotus in the city" will include a documentary of the theatre, introduction of artists, singing and dance performances such as "Lotus in the city", "Vietnamese drum", "The boat and the sea", "Unforgettable song" and "The lotus bloom season." Marking this special occasion, a special dance performance entitled "Lotus" … [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 level and stretching on an area of over 2,360 square metres, Dong Van Karst Plateau is enchanting tourists, scientists and researchers because this place keeps immeasurable marks which may tell the history of earth's crust, natural phenomena, and picturesque landscapes. Quan Ba district serves as the gate of the karst plateau. Passing Bac Sum zigzag slope to reach the Gate of Heaven, you will see Tam Son Town with a pair of mounts (look like breasts) standing peacefully in the foggy valley. … [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 National Assembly (NA)'s Standing Committee and Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Justice 4. Ha Ban, Secretary of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee 5. Bui Quang Ben, Secretary of the Kien Giang Provincial Party Committee 6. Duong Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Ca Mau Provincial Party Committee 7. Nguyen Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Quang Ngai Provincial Party Committee 8. Nguyen Thai Binh, member of the CPVCC, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Director of the Vietnamese … [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 rural and civilized urban areas. The Vietnam Fatherland Front must collect public opinions and refer them to the relevant Party and State agencies. It must cooperate with local government to exercise supervision and criticism." President Truong Tan Sang visited Cat Tuong relic site, where President Ho Chi Minh visited the party committee and people of Binh Loc district on January 14, 1958. … [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 conducted and effective response measures to be proposed. … [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 Vietnam-Lao Friendship Association, as well as senior officials and diplomats from both countries. … [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 Motor Vietnam (TMV) on October 30 announced its annual 2014 Toyota Classics Concert for charity has been set to perform at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on November 18. … [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 in the capital city that draws both expatriates and Vietnamese citizens. The event helps raise about US$500,000 each year. … [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, with songs featuring Vietnam and China , as well as the traditional friendship between the two countries. … [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 and China, as well as the traditional friendship between the two countries. … [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 Social Sciences and Humanity, recalls that as a student in a white long dress, she went to several police stations to distribute leaflets and President Ho Chi Minh's New Year poems. Tuyen recalls: "I joined the revolution when I was studying at the Gia Long school. In 1970, when I was at the University of Literature, I launched a movement of wearing traditional long dresses. The movement immediately became popular because the long dress captures the beauty and strength of Vietnamese women. At … [Read more...]