Traditional Miscellany (17-07-2005) Lao Cai illuminates Vietnamese culture and history by Huu Ngoc In the summer of 2000, I travelled to Lao Cai, the border province wherein is located the famous tourist site of Sa Pa. From there, I was to continue my journey by train to Kunming, capital of the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. The purpose was to see for myself the 500-kilometre rail line built in 1910 by the Compagnie Francaise des Chemins de Fer de L'Indochine et du Yunnan and vaunted as a wonder of the world. This is what the Guide Madrolle has to say about the railway, which links Kunming to the port city of Hai Phong in Viet Nam via Ha Noi: "One of the most picturesque and most rugged (railways) in Asia. At times, it plunges into tropical bush; at others, it labours up steep mountain slopes or winds about the bottoms of deep valleys. For this great diversity of terrain, it is a great tourist attraction." But what Madrolle thinks fit not to say is the fact that construction of … [Read more...] about Lao Cai illuminates Vietnamese culture and history
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On November. 19-20, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Chile, State President Tran Duc Luong met with his Chinese and Indonesian counterparts Hu Jintao and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. At the meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong affirmed that the Vietnamese leaders and people were determined to build and foster the traditional relations between Vietnam and China. He hailed the success of the 4th Plenum of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and valuable achievements of the Chinese people in many fields, particularly economies, science and technology. President Hu thanked the Vietnamese leader for his congratulations and praised Vietnam's achievements in its renewal process, especially the successful organisation of the fifth Asia-Europe Meeting last October. He stated that the Chinese Party and Government attached importance to furthering … [Read more...] about President Tran Duc Luong meets leaders of China, Indonesia and Canada
Traditional Miscellany (06-11-2005) Chess game that bridges cultures and civilisations by Huu Ngoc Editor's Note: The chess game co tuong (xiangqi for the Chinese) is widely played in Viet Nam. It requires two players, each in possession of sixteen round wooden pieces with their names engraved in ideograms. How it came into being and how it has gained great popularity in Viet Nam is discussed by Huu Ngoc and Vo Tan, deputy editor-in-chief of the Chess Review. Huu Ngoc (H. N.): Is it correct to say that co tuong was revived only recently? Vo Tan (V. T.): From the 1990s. But that does not mean that it was put on the backburner for long. In fact, it has never ceased to be part of our life, being always present in homes, on the streets, in villages. In Ha Noi, players gather around Hoan Kiem Lake and at Ngo Tram and Doi Cung streets. In Sai Gon (now HCM City), they can be found in even greater numbers, in alleyways like Su Van Hanh and in clubs for the elderly. Co tuong attracts people of … [Read more...] about Chess game that bridges cultures and civilisations
In the framework of the 4th Conference of ANMA,Vietnam National Museum of History (VNMH) has organized for delegations attending ANMA 4 visit some historical sites and traditional trade villages of Vietnam in Hanoi . The deligations were divided into 2 groups according to two programs. Program 1: visiting Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam historical site and Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Program 2: visiting Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and trade village of Bat Trang pottery. In program 1: In the morning, Ph.D Vu Manh Ha - the Deputy Director of VNMH took the delegation to historical sites of Hanoi : Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam and Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. The staff at monuments Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam enthusiastic guided and introduced the history of construction; steles of Ph.D,The shrine at Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam ... Some pictures of delegations visiting in program 1, Ph.Vu Manh Ha was head of delegation. Ph.Vu Manh Ha , along with … [Read more...] about ANMA Diary four dates October 9, 2013, the delegation attending ANMA 4 visited in historic relic and traditional trade village of Vietnam.
Festival Hue 2004 was jubilantly held in the Hue Imperial Capital, the World Heritage Site, with the aim at highlighting Vietnamese culture and Hue's unique identities, particularly Hue's Nha Nhac (Court music). The festival attracted many domestic and foreign visitors. With a view to highlighting the national culture and arts, Hue Festival 2004 was full of activities to feature the unique characteristics of the 54 ethnic groups living nationwide, including the singing of then and luon, dances of the Thai, Dao and H'Mong, the love duet and folk singing from Phu Tho Province, singing by the songtress, the water puppetry of the North, the classical drama of the Central, the reformed drama of the South, and more. The repertoires of 25 artistic troupes with artists and artisans from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Cities, the Western Highlands and the north-western region, all made a great impression on visitors and Hue's people. The Hue's traits were also manifested clearly though the organization … [Read more...] about Imbued with Vietnamese Culture and Hue’s Identity