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Hanoi launches tour to encourage longer stays

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm




Hanoi launches tour to encourage longer stays


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

A new tour taking visitors to eco-tourism, cultural and historic sites in the Ba Vi district of Hanoi will be launched in July this year in an effort to attract more tourists to the capital on its 1,000th birthday.


The tour, put together and run by Hanoi’s Tourism Promotion and Information Centre will take in famous and popular sites such as BaViNational Park, Hai Spring, VaTemple, Khoang Xanh and Dam Long.


It is hoped that the new tour will encourage visitors to extend their stay in the capital.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam welcomes 50% increase in tourists

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm




Vietnam welcomes 50% increase in tourists


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Vietnam welcomed nearly 440,000 foreign arrivals in May, an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.


Most of the tourists were from mainland China, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan (China), France, Malaysia and the US. The number of Chinese tourists surged remarkably, up by 111 per cent compared to last May.


Ministry statistics revealed that about 2.2 million foreign arrivals passed through the country’s borders in the past five months, representing a 37 per cent increase over the same period last year. HCM City was the most popular destination, with 1.3 million arrivals, accounting for more than 50 per cent of all foreign tourists across the country.


Experts said the increase could be attributed to efforts by the national tourism sector to organise various programmes and take full advantage of large cultural events, including the 35th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam and the national reunification, the 120th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh and the Sen (Lotus) Village Festival. Viet Nam Ethnic Culture Week in northern Thai Nguyen Province and the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi are also considered big tourist draws.


A large number of domestic travellers were also reported during the long Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day holiday.


Many tour agencies and companies are offering tourists stimulus package programmes. Central Khanh Hoa Province will launch a programme to reduce the cost of entertainment services and air tickets by 30-50 per cent, and central Da Nang City will offer a 5-25 per cent price reduction programme in August and September.


More tourist arrivals


Vietnam’s tourism industry hopes to attract 1 million Chinese visitors this year, officials have said.


In the first quarter of the year, Chinese tourists to Vietnam increased 215 per cent year-on-year, according to Nguyen Anh Tuan, deputy director of the Department of Travel Agents under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.


He said the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched direct air routes from Hanoi and HCM City to Shanghai.


“The last two programmes promoted in Shanghai and the two eastern coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu can be considered to be successful with the attendance of representatives from around 100 Chinese tourist companies. They were interested in Vietnam sea travel,” Tuan said.


After the first tourism promotion programme held in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Sichuan last year, 100 travel companies have carried out surveys in Vietnam with the aim to create new tours.


“The Tourism Bureau of Sichuan, the province with more than 100 million people, along with a group of enterprises and media, surveyed Vietnam last March. They want to open a direct air link with at least charter flights from Sichuan to Vietnam,” Tuan said.


Source: VietNamNet Bridge


Source: QDND

Coconut cake wins friends with its sweet nature

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm




Coconut cake wins friends with its sweet nature


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Around 85 kilometers south of Ho Chi Minh City lies BenTreProvince, famous for its abundance of coconut treats like candies, jelly, and a variety of cakes.


In a small commune called Dai Dien in this Mekong Delta province, people take pride in the century-old craft of making banh dua, a simple enough cake but with the rich taste of coconut milk, black beans, and green beans.


Banh dua, which literally means “coconut cake,” was originally a source of livelihood for poor villagers a century ago in Dai Dien, which was then known as Giong Luong Commune.


The making of banh dua is a long process that requires the materials to be prepared the night before.


The secret behind a successful batch of the cakes lies in the choice of glutinous rice.


According to locals, the ideal type of glutinous rice for making banh dua is one grown in VinhLongProvince which has a nice fragrance and sticky texture.


The rice is soaked in water for four hours before it is washed and the impurities are removed. It is then put out in open air to dry.


Coconut milk, another essential ingredient for the rich fragrance of the cake, must be made from the flesh of moderately ripe coconuts.


The milk-colored liquid is then filtered to screen off impurities and mixed with rice, black bean, sugar, and salt.


The hardest part of making the cake is the wrapping which reflects the skill and the experience of the maker.


Tender nipa leaves are used to wrap the cakes. They are cut into half and each half is rolled into a tube around 10 cm long with one end open to stuff the rice and other ingredients.


One third of the tube is first filled with the rice mixture. Some green beans that are kept separately and half a banana are stuffed in next before more of the rice mixture goes in.


The cake is then fastened with a string made from the veins of nipa leaves. The process must be carried out in the shade to prevent the leaves from changing color and shrinking due to sunlight.


The cakes are tied in bunches of 12 and boiled for five hours with a small quantity of alum to preserve the color.


They must be left to cool before they are ready to be savored as a mid-day snack or breakfast.


The inexpensive banh dua has found its way to other localities like Ho Chi Minh City where it is sold by street vendors even in bustling areas like Districts 1 and 3.


Source: vietnewsonline


Source: QDND

Vietnam’s trade environment improves

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Vietnam’s trade environment improves


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)


Vietnam rose from 89 in 2009 to 71 this year in the global trade environment rankings announced by the World Economic Forum (WEF).


The survey examines the performance of 125 economies, of which Singapore and Hong Kong (China) continue to top the list thanks to an increase in global trade.


Economists believe that Vietnam will be one of the countries to see a lot of progress in 2010. This can be attributed to the country’s joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the opening up of its market according to its commitments.


Source: VOV


Photo: bee.net.vn


Source: QDND

Children still need better social care

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm




Children still need better social care


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Vietnam currently has several millions of children living in poor families, over 200,000 orphans and handicapped children, and thousands of child victims of Agent Orange and HIV/AIDS in need of intensive care and treatment, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).


Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR), gave an interview to a VOV reporter on International Children’s Day (June 1).


VOV: As head of the VAPCR, one of Vietnam’s first social organisations for children’s affairs, can you tell us about the major activities that the Association is carrying out?


Dr. Thanh: The VAPCR was only established recently but has been already implementing some pilot models of services. The first is one to build a community-based children protection network in two hamlets in Ninh Hai commune, Ninh Hoa district in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. In these two hamlets, there are 1,000 children living in sub-standard conditions, including 100 in special difficulties. The Association has set up a volunteer group consisting of 15 members who have a knowledge of the laws and the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. They are also provided with child protection skills. The VAPCR has also established children’s clubs to promote mutual understanding. In the future, we will expand this model in more remote areas where the local people are not fully aware of children’s rights.


VOV: What do you think of the average Vietnamese person’s awareness of children’s rights?


Dr. Thanh: Public awareness of children’s rights in Vietnam has recently made some remarkable progress. Previously, many Vietnamese people did not know what children’s rights were, and some did not even accept that children as any rights. At present, most people accept that children have rights. However, there remains a difference in the level of people’s awareness. Children’s rights should be written into the country’s socio-economic development plans, especially programmes on nutrition and education. Even so, people living in remote areas have not yet been made fully aware of children’s rights so they often break the law.


VOV: For many years you have been involved in protecting children’s rights. What experiences do you want to share with others?


Dr. Thanh: I have an unforgettable memory of when I visited a class in Da Bac district in the northern province of Hoa Binh. Before I went there, I had heard that the class was the best of its kind in Da Bac, as the local authorities there offer many incentive policies for poor children. After the class, many pupils’ parents claimed that they had to buy books for their children. The school did not buy books for poor pupils as they had promised. After that, I realised that hearing reports is not enough, you need to make fact-finding tours and listen to local people’s opinions. Fact-finding trips have helped me a lot in my management work.


VOV: Vietnam was the second country in the world and the first country in Asia to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 20 years ago. Has the country since introduced a comprehensive system on child protection?


Dr. Thanh: Vietnam has developed a comprehensive system to ensure children’s rights at all levels. We also built an action plan for children from central to grassroots levels. However, most of the officials and staff, who had been equipped with professional skills for child protection and care, changed their careers after the administrative reforms. Therefore, the country now faces a shortage of staff in charge of children’s affairs.


VOV: What message do you want to send to children and their parents on International Children’s Day?


Dr. Thanh: The message I want to send to them is that the Party and State always offer incentive policies for disadvantaged children. If any children have difficulties, they should let other people know and call for help. Children should focus on their studies, raise their self confidence and understand the incentive policies they are enjoying. For adults, I want to tell them that there are many underprivileged children in our country and we should also work together to ensure a better future for children.


VOV: Thank you.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Hanoi to deploy electric cars in the city centre

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm




Hanoi to deploy electric cars in the city centre


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister recently agreed in principle on the Hanoi’s proposal to carry out a pilot project to deploy electric cars around HoanKiemLake and the old trading quarter to serve tourists.


In public document No 852/TTg-KTN, the Prime Minister assigned Hanoi to study the local infrastructure and traffic situation to launch the pilot project in 3 years and after 6 months operating, the city should take a review and comprehensive assessment of the project.


The Prime Minister also entrusted the Transport Ministry and Police Ministry to closely coordinate with the local authorities to successfully deploy the project.


After 3 years of the electric cars’ operation, the city and concerned bodies should value the project and submit a detailed report to the Prime Minsiter.


Source: DT/ Photo: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

HCM City earmarks VND 5 trillion for green project

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm




HCM City earmarks VND 5 trillion for green project


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

Six green parks, including Green Garden in District 12, park around Vinh Loc Lake in Binh Chanh District, the Zoo-Botanical park in District 9 and Thanh Da eco-site in Binh Thanh District, in Ho Chi Minh City will be built in 2010, according to local officials.


In addition, Gia Dinh Park, a park in Thu Duc District, Suoi Tien tourist resort, Dam Sen cultural park will be upgraded in 2010 and years to come.


The city will earmark VND 5,000 billion and 600 ha of land for the project, officials declared.


To guarantee that parks and green areas agree with the designs and plans, competent agencies will regularly monitor and inspect works during the project implementation, affirmed the officials. 


Source: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Library 2030 given to Thanh An primary school

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm




Library 2030 given to Thanh An primary school


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

The Businessmen’ Club 2030, under the Saigon Times Club and Saigon Times Foundation, has presented the Library 2030 to Thanh An Primary School, in Thieng Lieng village, Thanh An commune, Can Gio district, Ho Chi Minh City.


The mini-library has more than one thousand books of different kinds collected from businessmen, journalists, and other benefactors at an earlier book collection.


Several news desks, chairs and other studying utensils, costing dozens of millions of Vietnam dong, were also given to the school on this occasion.


Mr Vu Tien Thap, deputy head of the Club, said the club hopes to partly assist needy students in remote areas to continue their study.


Also this time, nearly 100 children of Thanh An Commune received free health check-ups by a group of doctors from HungVuongHospital in Ho Chi Minh City.


Source: TBKTSG


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Canada to build water jets in West Lake

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm




Canada to build water jets in West Lake


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi People’s Committee on May 31st had a working session with Thang Long Xanh Company, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam and Karajaal to discuss an idea to build a fountain in WestLake.


The fountain in WestLake is a project that the Canadian Government proposed to build for Hanoi in the build-up to the 1,000th foundation anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.


Under the design, the project constists of a fan-shaped screen at 60 m in length and 30 m in width, 8 water jets arranged into S letter and a floating stage on the lake. Under the schedule, part of the project will be finished before the celebration.


According to Karajaal, the project will not damage the environment nor have a bad effect on wildlife in the lake. Moreover, lighting equipment and devices to be installed in the fountain will be power saving and environmental-friendly ones, the investors affirmed.


Source: HNM


Translated by Thu Nguyen      


Source: QDND

US course arms airport staff against wildlife trafficking

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm




US course arms airport staff against wildlife trafficking


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

A training course on wildlife trafficking prevention was held on June 1 for staff at Noi Bai International Airport with the funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


During the workshop, 70 airport personnel including check-in counter attendants, baggage handlers, customs officers, immigration staff and security officials, were provided with the latest developments of the illegal wildlife trade in the world and its impacts.


They also studied the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, relevant national legislation, smuggling techniques, species identification and the handling of confiscations.


This was the eighth training course of its kind in Southeast Asia. The courses have been held for more than 1,100 participants throughout the region, most recently at SuvarnabhumiInternationalAirport in Bangkok, Thailand and the Kuala LumpurInternationalAirport in Malaysia.


The course has been built for airports around the world and particularly those in Southeast Asia since they have been found to become common points of transit for the illegally smuggled animals.


“It’s time to put a stop to criminals using our airports to smuggle protected and endangered species,” said Nguyen Ngoc Binh, Deputy Director General of Vietnam’s Directorate of Forestry.


Illegal wildlife trafficking within Vietnam has continuously been on the rise with criminals getting more cunning and professional, making it hard for authoritative agencies to detect and control, said an official from the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.


The centre on May 31 handed over a rare leopard with the scientific name of panthera pardus to the CatTienNational Park in Dong Nai province.


The female leopard was rescued two years ago from illegal captivity. It will lated be released to the jungle.


The Cu Chi Rescue Centre has since 2006 saved 2,000 individuals of 39 species, many of which are invaluable, rare species listed in the red book.


Source: Vietnam+


Source: QDND