Parade ritual in Con Son pagoda (Source: VNA) Hai Duong (VNA) – The Con Son-Kiep Bac Autumn Festival 2017 kicked off in the northern province of Hai Duong on October 5 or the 16th day of the eighth lunar month. The festival aimed to mark the 717th death anniversary of General Tran Hung Dao (or Tran Quoc Tuan), one of the most revered figures in Vietnam’s history. Under the Tran Dynasty (1225 – 1400), the Supreme Commander led the Dai Viet (Great Vietnam) army to victories over three major Mongolian invasions, making him one of the most accomplished military strategists in the world history. He passed away on the 20th day of the eighth lunar month in 1300 at the age of 70. To commemorate the hero, local residents built Kiep Bac temple, which was recognised as a national heritage site in 1962 and a special national heritage site in 2012. … [Read more...] about Hai Duong: Con Son-Kiep Bac Autumn Festival opens
Arguments for and against The strongest argument for the development of a national trademark is that food products produced in Vietnam do not currently have a reputation for quality, cleanliness and safety, said Dang Quyet Tien. Mr Tien who is the deputy head of the Ministry Corporate Finance Department noted that these are all qualities that are highly valued in western markets such as the US and EU. He added that consumers in these and other markets are often currently not willing to purchase farm raised fish and seafood or other produce from Vietnam. Or if they do purchase these products, they will do so only if the sales price is highly discounted, so that in effect, farmers and others in the food supply chain have very little, if any, earnings to show for their hard work. Mr Tien argues that he is one of those who favours instituting a … [Read more...] about What are the pros, cons of a national brand for agriculture?
Hoang Lien Son is the most towering mountain range with its Fanxipang peak being 3,143m high above the sea level. Lai Cai province is divided into low-lying and high-lying areas. The imposing mountains are mainly in the northern districts of Sa Pa, Bat Xat, Muong Khuong, Bac ha and Si Ma Cai and the lower mountains in the southern and south-western districts of Bao Yen, Nam Thang, and Van Ban. Ngu Hanh Son Mountain in Ta Giang Phinh village, Sa Pa district is 3,090m high. It is the second highest mountain in Vietnam and the most beautiful one in the north-western region. To the east, Tay Con Linh range runs from Ha Giang to Bac Ha-Si Ca Mai with high peaks like Ta Cu Ty (1,856m), Quan Than San (1,800m) and Lau Thi Ngai (1,638m). Cao Son mountain in Muong Khuong and Con Voi mountain in Bao Yen along the Hong and Chay rivers are home to Tay, Nung, Dao and Mong ethnic minority groups. Almost every locality has its own mountainous symbol with legendary stories such as Ham … [Read more...] about Famous mountain range in Lao Cai
by David Mann Phu Quoc versus Con Dao. It's a debate that has long raged among expatriates looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Both offer something different for holidaymakers. In terms of sheer variety, Phu Quoc is surely superior, with more hotels, restaurants and activities to keep its bikinied clientele satisfied. But for a true getaway, Con Dao comes up trumps. The archipelago's deserted beaches, coral reefs and thick forests offer a relaxed, untouched atmosphere that Phu Quoc relinquished long ago. The main island, Con Son, is also home to some of Viet Nam's most pristine national parks and diving spots, with the old French prison another fascinating and chilling must-see. With more direct flights to connect Con Dao with the mainland next year, here's your guide to experiencing the best in dining and accommodation options on this southern oasis. Six Senses Con Dao Opulent and eco-friendly, the Six Senses Con Dao is the real deal. As the only luxury-wellness option on … [Read more...] about Con Dao: Tips for the perfect island getaway in Viet Nam
From a "hell on earth" to a "tourist paradise" The island district of Con Dao in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, 97 nautical miles from Vung Tau City, consists of 16 islands and islets. Due to lying in a convenient area on the sea route that links Europe and Asia, Con Dao was known to westerners very early. In 1294, Italian explorer Marco Polo on his way back home from China, encountered a storm and had to call at Con Dao Islands. From then to the 16th century many groups of European travelers visited the islands. … [Read more...] about Con Dao – A “Pearl” of the East Sea
Veteran journalist Tran Mai Huong heads to an island that was made famous first for its prisons, but now liberated, is redefining its future while its residents remember the struggles of the past. During my flight approach to Con Dao Island this April, I was imbued with very special emotions. About half of the passengers on the plane were prisoners that were kept on the island by the then Sai Gon regime. They were now revisiting the former prison. The rest of the passengers came from all corners of the country - young and old and even children. Many of them brought along flowers and incense sticks. Many of the passengers complained that tickets were hard to book, even though there were five or six flights to the island each day. I asked a girl that was holding a large bunch of flowers: "Are you visiting the tomb of your relative?" "No," replied the girl. "I am visiting Con Dao, where I will lay these flowers I brought from Ha Noi on the tomb of Vo Thi Sau." The girl, Dang Huong, was a … [Read more...] about Freed from bondage, Con Dao flourishes
(VEN) - To mark the 68th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19, 1945-August 19, 2013), Industry and Trade Review's reporters and staff organized a sightseeing tour to Con Son-Kiep Bac historical site in Chi Linh District, Hai Duong Province. Industry and Trade Review's reporters and staff came to Con Son historical site at 8am. Nature has bestowed Chi Linh with a diverse range of natural landscapes, with the district boasting plains, mountains and lakes. Far from bustling and noisy atmosphere in Hanoi, an autumn morning in Con Son historical site was pleasant and quiet. Reporters and staff as well as visitors can enjoy fresh air and the primitive and mysterious beauty. Nature has bestowed Con Son with a diverse range of natural landscapes, with the historical site boasting mountains, lakes and pine trees. Together with the charming and poetic scenery in Con Son, many national heroes and cultural celebrities chose this place to seclude themselves from society. Tran … [Read more...] about An autumn day in Con Son historical site
Gần đây, các quán ốc nóng ở Hà Nội mới có thêm một món ốc với đủ các vị chua cay mặn ngọn ngọt lôi cuốn thực khách: ốc rang me. Đĩa ốc mít rang me với sự kết hợp hài hòa của bốn vị chua cay mặn ngọt, cùng vị thơm đặc trưng của ốc. Có những thực khách không ăn được cay đã phải mím môi, nhăn mặt bởi lớp bột ớt bên ngoài, nhưng đến ruột ốc ngọt thơm thì lại bị lôi cuốn và tiếp tục nhón tay, mút những con ốc còn lại. Đây chính là một nét độc đáo, một sức hấp dẫn 'không thể chối từ" của ốc rang me Hà Nội. Những nguyên liệu để có một đĩa ốc rang me (còn gọi là ốc xào me) thơm ngon rất đơn giản. Ốc, me, sả, ớt bột, đường là những thành phần không thể thiếu và là yếu tố quan trọng để tạo nên các vị chua cay mặn ngọt cùng hương thơm của me, sả hòa quyện trong một đĩa ốc. Những con ốc to, còn tươi sống được rửa thật sạch, ngâm với nước vo gạo hoặc nước có bỏ ớt cay để ốc nhả hết bùn đất. Ốc sau khi được luộc chín bỏ ra đĩa, dưới hỗn hợp các nguyên liệu ớt, me, sả, đường đã chế biến, trộn đều ta … [Read more...] about KhÃ³ cÆ°á»¡ng vá»i á»c rang me HÃ thÃ nh