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Mysterous caves revealed at Trang An

In Vietnam Landscapes on March 21, 2010 at 7:28 am

Mysterous caves revealed at Trang An

QĐND – Saturday, March 20, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Covering an area of 1,961 hectares, Trang An Eco-tourism complex boasts 48 grottoes and caves, 31 valleys and the hallowed cultural area of Bai Dinh Pagoda. Cruising around the area, tourists will have a chance, like kings in ancient times, to use the mountains as walls, the rivers as roads and the caves as palaces.

A tour around Trang An often includes visits to nine grottoes and three temples, Trinh, Tran and Phu Khong. About a kilometer from the wharf, tourists will get to the complex’s longest cave called Dark Cave which is 315 meters long, and then to Bright Cave which has four gates opening to mountains walls.

The site is home to many wild creatures and plants and each cave has its own beauty with many stalactites in a profusion of color. Trang An is truly a land of myth and fantasy making it easy to forget the troubles of daily life. Rowing through Trang An Grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of the birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth.

Tourists not only sit on a boat and cruise through the caves but also climb mountains to visit temples associated with historical relics from the dynasties of Dinh, Le, Ly and Tran from the eleventh to fifteenth centuries.

Tourists can contemplate bronze statues, bells and 500 stone arhat statues at Bai Dinh Pagoda.

As other sites in flooded areas, the entrance and the exit for an excursion to Trang An is a wharf. However, after finishing the tour, tourists will not come back to the entrance wharf but will move on to another wharf to have food in a restaurant.

Drifting on the rivers, discovering the mysteries of the caves and breathing the incense smoke from the temples leave space for peace in the soul.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Google Maps asked to correct mistake

In Politics-Society on March 21, 2010 at 7:28 am

Google Maps asked to correct mistake

QĐND – Saturday, March 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga has asked Google Maps to correct its description of the land demarcation line between Vietnam and China.

Google Maps presents an incorrect boundary line between Vietnam and China, and Vietnam requests that Google correct the mistake according to the official map of Vietnam, Ms Nga said in response to reporters’ questions on March 20.

Vietnam and China signed a protocol on border demarcation and landmark planting, an agreement on land border management regulations and an agreement on border gates and regulations on land border gate management in November 2009.

With the signing of these documents, Ms Nga said, the border between Vietnam and China has been positioned clearly on the map.

Both sides are to ratify the documents according to the law of their respective countries to bring them to life, she said.

The new documents will be deposited at the United Nations and supplied to global mapping and publishing organisations, alongside the 1999 Vietnam-China border demarcation treaty and relevant documents still in effect.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Government moves to keep prices stable

In Politics-Society on March 21, 2010 at 7:28 am

Government moves to keep prices stable

QĐND – Saturday, March 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

The Government has placed great importance on inspecting and monitoring the market while ensuring sufficient stocks of commodities for consumption to manage prices in a stable manner.

Finance Minister Vu Van Ninh made the statement at the 29th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee in Hanoi on March 19.

He said the consumer price index (CPI) increase of 3.35 percent in the past two months was reasonable and in line with expectation.

He affirmed that the adjusted 6.8 percent rise in electricity prices this year would push the CPI up by 0.16 percent and increase production costs for some sectors by between 0.09 percent and 2.28 percent.

Minister Ninh noted that the adjustment in the price of coal for electricity generation will impact only the price of electricity, not that of other commodities, as in the remaining months of this year, electricity and coal prices will not be adjusted further.

He cited reports from localities saying in the meantime, commodity prices are inching down with that of foodstuffs decreasing more than that of grains.

Regarding the issue of budget deficit, he said last year due to an economic decline, the Government launched stimulus packages to promote production, which, however, resulted in a slight increase in budget overspending.

This year, the Government has set out to reduce overspending by keeping expenditures in check, he said.

“At present, the national debt balance remains at a safe level with no bad debts, ensuring financial security,” Minister Ninh emphasised.


Source: QDND

Int’l Francophone Day marked in Hanoi

In Politics-Society on March 21, 2010 at 7:27 am

Int’l Francophone Day marked in Hanoi

QĐND – Saturday, March 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

A ceremony was held at Van Mieu (the Temple of Literature) in Hanoi on March 19 to mark International Francophone Day (March 20).

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem expressed his pleasure at the constant development of the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) over the past 40 years with its steadily rising membership, now totalling 70 countries.

He also praised the OIF’s activities in politics, economics, culture and education, and its increasing role in addressing global issues concerning peace, security, sustainable development and cultural diversity.

Vietnam always attaches great importance to relations with the OIF and has made active contributions to the development of the organisation, said Mr Ninh.

He stressed that with its Renewal achievements over the past 20 years, Vietnam is ready to share experiences in national development with other member countries, especially in the fields of its strengths like food security.

Patrice Burel, Director of the Regional Bureau of Asia Pacific (BRAP) in Hanoi, under the OIF, praised close cooperation between the organisation and Vietnam, one of its first members, and affirmed that the OIF will continue to support the teaching of the French language in Vietnam.

On this occasion, Phan Thanh Binh, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City National University was presented with an insignia for his contributions to French teaching by the community of Embassies and delegation of Francophone countries and the OIF in Hanoi.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND