Thứ Sáu, ngày 23 tháng 5 năm 2014

Young people working on Hanoi special photo project

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Young people working on Hanoi special photo project

A group of young people in Hanoi has been working on a photo project named “Humans of Hanoi” depicting the daily life of Hanoians.

The project is based on the idea of the Humans of New York photoblog and bestselling book, which features street portraits and interviews collected in the city. Started in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton, over 6,000 portraits have been taken so far.

The project's aim is to capture the simple moments of life and people in Hanoi through photos, giving a hint of the interesting stories that make up each individual.

The group running the project includes six people from all over Hanoi. They meet strangers and listen to their stories by asking them a few simple questions as well as take their photos. The photos are posted on the project’s Facebook page and has attracted  great public attention over the past three months.

Each story has been translated into English to help foreigners to understand more about the culture and people of Hanoi.

Hanoi on holiday

Hanoi on holiday

Hanoi becomes much more quiet and peaceful over Reunification Day and International Labour Day as many residents make visits to their hometowns.

Large entertainment areas, on the other hand, see more visitors than usual. Taken together, it creates a picture of a different Hanoi.

One-Pillar Pagoda repairs put on hold

One-Pillar Pagoda repairs put on hold

The head monk of One-Pillar Pagoda has filed complaints that the repair process does not meet requirements.

Time and weather have left their marks on Mot Cot, or the One-Pillar Pagoda, and its complex. The roof was already damaged, and due to a bad drainage system, the whole complex becomes flooded after normal rains. Moreover, the monks have had to live in the worship house because the complex does not have monks' quarters.

The pagoda's head monk, Thich Tam Kien, had to file complaints and has been asking for help from various agencies since 2008. By the end of 2013, Hanoi authorities announced the plan to restore the One-Pillar Pagoda complex. However, according to monk Thich Tam Kien, the original plan has been changed and has become impractical.

The low terrain is part of the cause of flooding, making it necessary for the ground level to be raised, but this issue is not included in the plan. Also, according to the plan, total area for monk residency is only 48 square metres. Kien said, "The One-Pillar Pagoda receives many visitors. 48-square-metre monks' quarter leaves little room for other activities. Besides, the small residence does not fit in with the complex landscape."

The Prime Minister's directive, issued in December 2013, stated that 25% of One-Pillar Pagoda complex would undergo construction. The Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam then asked Hanoi authorities to expand total area for monk residences to 120 square metres.

The monks at the One-Pillar Pagoda decided to file another complaint to the Prime Minister. On May 13, the Government Office asked authorities in Hanoi to review the plan. Currently, the construction at One-Pillar Pagoda complex has been halted.

Chủ Nhật, ngày 17 tháng 3 năm 2013

Hue Tourism Golden Week 2013, Hue Tourism Golden Week 2013, Hue Tourism Golden Week 2013

Hue Tourism Golden Week 2013

Aiming to attract tourists, the central coastal city of Hue will organize the “Tourism Golden Week” 2013, announced the city People’s Committee.

This is part of practical activities to stimulate tourism demand in the imperial city through three periods.

The first and second period will be from April 21 to 27 and from September 2 to 8, 2013. During these periods, tourists visiting relic sites will be offered free tram car service from Hue Royal Palace to museums, and 50 percent discount on tickets to watch Nha Nhac (Royal Music) of Hue in Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theatre.

In addition, when tourists buy tickets to visit the three destinations of Hue Royal Palace – Royal Antiquities Museum, Khai Dinh Tomb and Minh Mang Tomb, there will be no further charge for visiting Tu Duc Tomb, Thieu Tri Tomb and Hon Chen Palace. For groups of more than 15 visitors, voice-over will be offered free in Hue Royal Palace.

The third period will be from December 24 to 30. Beyond the same promotion policies and programmes as during the first and the second periods, Thua Thien - Hue Province will present a gift to the two millionth tourist to visit the imperial city. In addition, the three travel agencies bringing the most tourists to Hue in 2013 will be honoured.

Royal Palace Night, one of Hue’s special tourism products, will be organised only one night in the last day of the tourism golden week. Ticket prices will be discounted 20 percent for tourists joining the Royal Palace Night party.

(Source: CPV)

Vietnam Airlines runs Ho Chi Minh City-Thanh Hoa route

Vietnam Airlines runs Ho Chi Minh City-Thanh Hoa route

The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, officially launched the Ho Chi Minh City-central Thanh Hoa province air route, with the first flight landing Tho Xuan Airport, Thanh Hoa on February 5.

With five flights using Airbus A321 per week, the air route, Vietnam Airlines’ 39 th domestic one, is expected to meet increasing local travel demand, especially during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

The route is hoped to help promote investment and socio-economic development in Thanh Hoa and the Northern Central region thanks to its link with Ho Chi Minh City , the country’s largest economic hub.

On the occasion, Vietnam Airlines also launched a promotional ticket programme for the route users.

Before the debut of the new air route, the number of passengers travelling between Thanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City via Vinh Airport in Thanh Hoa’s neighbouring Nghe An province varied from 60,000 to 70,000 per year.

(Source: VNA)

Festival to waken aroma and flavour of Buon Ma Thuat coffee

Festival to waken aroma and flavour of Buon Ma Thuat coffee

The fourth Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival will take place in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on March 9-12 with the participation of over 200 coffee businesses nationwide.

The biennial festival has been held since 2005 to promote trade, tourism and investment in the province and the Central Highlands region while advertising Buon Ma Thuot’s coffee to domestic and foreign customers.

Under the theme ‘Beauty and Aroma of the Highlands’, this year’s event will feature various activities including a street carnival, a coffee making contest, a singing competition, tours to coffee farms, a fair, a seminar and an exhibition on coffee.

A competition to seek an ambassador for the coffee industry is being held in Ho Chi Minh City, Buon Ma Thuot, Da Nang and Hanoi as part of the festival. Twenty-five finalists will have a chance to join coffee farmers to explore the process of growing and processing coffee as well as learn the art of making the perfect cup of coffee.

The winner will be honoured as ‘Queen of Coffee’, and be presented with a VND50 million crown along with a cash prize of VND 100 million (USS4,700) at an awards ceremony on March 10.

(Source: Nhandan)

Vung Tau to host first int’l seaports festival, Vung Tau to host first int’l seaports festival

Vung Tau to host first int’l seaports festival

The first International Seaports Festival, themed “Vietnam – Trading Port of Peace and Development”, will be held in Vung Tau city, southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province from May 17-19.

According to the organiser, the Long Mai Global Trading Corporation (LOMA), diverse activities will be organised during the event, including a carnival, an exhibition on domestic and foreign seaports, shipping companies and logistics companies.

There will be also international seminars and forums as well as a light show and music performances and a friendly golf tournament to raise funds for Truong Sa archipelago.

The festival aims to further popularise Vietnam’s sea and island sovereignty as well as introduce the country’s seaports and maritime tourism potential.

It will also provide a good chance for participants to exchange experience in managing trading ports, fostering shipping company-logistics system partnerships and developing strategies for seaports development in Vietnam.

(Source: VNA)