In a former mining district in eastern China, authorities have shut dozens of pits and invested billions of yuan to resculpt the broken landscape, creating gardens, forest walks and wetland parks, as well as a small museum dedicated to coal. In a former mining district in eastern China, authorities have shut dozens of pits and invested billions of yuan to resculpt the broken landscape, creating gardens, forest walks and wetland parks, as well as a small museum dedicated to coal. But despite an unprecedented surge of investment in alternative energies, together with caps on coal use and the establishment of “no-coal zones” throughout the country, China’s overall consumption and production are again rising. When U.S. President Donald Trump said he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord last year, China reaffirmed its commitments to tackle the problem of coal, by far the biggest source of its climate-warming carbon emissions. The Intergovernmental … [Read more...] about Despite climate pledges, China struggles to break coal habit
Cheapest city breaks
The Hanoitimes - MoneyWise has announced its annual list of World’s best destinations that you can visit in a modicum of comfort without breaking the bank. MoneyWise, a UK digital personal finance publication, has just named Vietnam the number one destination among the ten best countries in the world that you can visit in a modicum of comfort without breaking the bank. Hoi An, Quang Nam province, Vietnam. Photo:Shutterstock “You'll be amazed what you can get in Vietnam for just US$1. No, really, US$1 will get you a couple of beers. It’ll also get you a bowl of delicious pho (noodle soup). Five bucks will get you a room for the night,” MoneyWise wrote. But the star of the show has to be the city of Hoi An, where you can get yourself a custom-made suit — something that would set you back at least a grand in New York — for just US$100. On the list, Vietnam is followed by Bolivia, Thailand, Turkey, India, Czech Republic (Czechia), Spain, … [Read more...] about Vietnam named among world’s cheapest destinations to travel
TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, recently ranked Hà Nội as the cheapest international tourist destination among 39 cities worldwide. The annual TripIndex Cities applies to travel between June and September this year, taking into account typical costs for two people: a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself. It found that lunch for two in Hà Nội costs US$28, dinner $55, taxi travel (a two-mile round-trip) and tours/activities $2, and hotels $79. Total average cost of a three-day summer trip for two to Hà Nội is about 497. Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur were also among the cheapest cities to visit for a three-night summer break, while New York was the most expensive. As a Vietnamese, an expat living in Việt Nam or a tourist, what do you think? It is really that cheap? Do you think Hà Nội needs more tourism activities to attract more tourists for a longer stay? Do … [Read more...] about Do you agree that Hà Nội is the cheapest international tourist destination among 39 cities worldwide?
Vietnam has emerged the most affordable beach holiday destination and French Polynesia the most expensive, in a new ranking that breaks down how much it costs to soak in the sun at seaside destinations around the world. After whittling down an initial list of 900 destinations, travel website TravelBird calculated the cost of spending a day at the beach at 250 coastlines around the world, looking at the average cost of sunscreen, water, beer, ice cream and lunch. The result is the 2016 Beach Price Index, a ranking created to serve as a budgetary guideline for holidaymakers looking at booking a beach holiday. While the beaches of Vietnam and India dominate the lower end of the list, for example, the luxurious beaches of French Polynesia and Seychelles emerged the costliest destinations, setting sun worshippers back between $55 and $60 a day for the privilege of soaking up the tropical rays. Because on La Plage de Maui in Tahiti, a bottle of sunscreen purchased from the resort, local … [Read more...] about A day at the beach is cheapest in Vietnam: ranking
The VN-Index edged up 4.43 points to close at 908.37 on Friday, its third incremental rise in a row. Interestingly, there was a 62% increase in the total matching order trade at the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, with 7,093,620 shares changing hands for more than VND627 billion, though the much heavier trading did little to affect the index. Among the bakery stocks, North Kinh Do (NKD) rose VND3,000 and Bien Hoa Confectionery (BBC) added VND3,500 while Kinh Do Food (KDC) lost a surprising VND4,000 despite the approach of mid-autumn, when mooncakes are big sellers. At VND81,000, BBC is by far the cheapest of the three stocks and should hold some allure for investors as its accrued profit for the first two quarters was nearly VND12.4 billion, a hefty increase of 97.8 percent year-on-year. Among the other big caps, Tan Tao Industrial Zone (ITA) and Song Da Urban & Industrial zone Investment and Development (SJS) rose VND2,000, REE Technology (REE), Schenker-Gemadept … [Read more...] about Trading Volume Spurts at Ho Chi Minh City Bourse