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Hanoi comes alive in autumn

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:01 am

Hanoi comes alive in autumn

QĐND – Friday, October 08, 2010, 19:36 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will celebrate its 1,000th anniversary and 56th Liberation Day on October 10, making it an ideal time for tourists to explore the city.

Sai Gon Tourist Company is offering typical tours to favourite destinations in the north including the Hanoi-Autumn season, Ancient citadels of Vietnam, Sa Pa and Ha Long in Autumn.

Annually, the HCM City-based travel agency organises seasonal tours – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – to tourism sites throughout the northern provinces.

But this year, the Hanoi-Autumn season is seen as the most attractive programme as it coincides with the city’s millennium celebrations.

“We hope tourists will have more chances to witness numerous cultural festivities in Hanoi during autumn. It’s a special time,” said a marketing staff of the company, Hoang Thuy Linh.

“The Hanoi-Autumn programme has hosted around 12,000 tourists since early this year and hundreds of foreigners have flocked to the city this season,” Linh added.

She also said the capital had lured tourists with the season of fruits, com (young sticky rice) flake and cool weather.

The travel agency began preparing the tour last year to meet the increasing demand to visit Hanoi.

The four day and three night tour will depart from HCM City and wind through the Trang An tourism site in Ninh Binh Province, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.

It costs 4.2 million VND (215 USD) per person.

After arriving in the capital, tourists will visit the four historic temples of Bach Ma (White Horse); Linh Lang, or Voi Phuc (Crouching Elephant); Tran Vu and Kim Lien – the homes of the four gods of the former royal capital – before touring part of the Royal Thang Long Citadel and the Temple of Literature.

A pedestrian route from the Quan Chuong Gate and exploring the city’s Old Quarter will close the first tour day.

“Tourists will go shopping at the biggest whole sale market of Dong Xuan in the middle of the Old Quarter, which is a symbol of the ancient capital,” said head of the agency’s Hanoi office Nguyet Nga.

The centre of Hanoi will be the main visit for the tour second day with a visit to sites around Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake such as Ngoc Son Temple and turtle tower.

“The lake is also the heart of Hanoi and visitors can experience a quiet moment as they walk around the lake and see the trees in the autumn.

The most visited places during the day are buildings dating back to the French colonial times including 1902-built Long Bien Bridge; the Opera House built in 1911 and 1931-constructed Museum of Vietnamese history.

The existence of buildings provides real samples of the capital’s varied history.

Travellers can ask tour guides to take them to the night market, which opens at 7pm and closes at midnight in Hang Ngang and Hang Dao streets, which were the former silk trading centre of ancient town.

The third day will start with a two-hour visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda before going to Ha Long Bay – the World Natural Heritage Site.

The seasonal programme also includes the vestiges of ancient imperial cities in a trip to the ancient capitals.

According Sai Gon Tourist’s marketing section, Doan Thi Thanh Tra, the tour offers visits to the former capitals of Hue, Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh, Co Loa and the UNESCO recognised Thang Long Royal citadel in Hanoi.

“We have intentionally arranged destinations in a combined tour, to help tourists gain a deeper understanding of Vietnamese history,” Tra explained.

“The destinations are quite well-known to Vietnamese people, but we link a string of citadels that were built from the country’s foundation to the current capital.”

Arriving in Hanoi on the morning flight, tourists will take a visit to Co Loa spiral Citadel, which was built in the third century BC.

From Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi, visitors will return to country’s former capital of Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province – 100km south of Hanoi – in 968-1010.

“Hoa Lu was a capital nearly half century before it was moved to Hanoi by King Ly Thai To. The route will provide a real historical story of the former capital at Hoa Lu and Hanoi today,” Tra explained.

The former imperial capital of Hue will be the last place visited on the fourth day.

A night cruise on the Huong River with folk music will help people relax prior to their departure for peaceful mind for HCM City.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Autumn Melody concert returns with many anxieties

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

The annual concert titled Autumn Melody 2010, featuring 17 young artists who study and work at home and abroad, will take place at the HCM City Opera House on August 18 and 19.

Dancers Hanayo Tukuyama and Pham Bao Trung (R) perform in the ballet “Don Quixote”  (Photo: Sggp)

Music lovers will have a chance to enjoy classical works and dances performed by Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, Nguyen Anh Son, Bui Cong Duy, Ho Dang Hoi, Vu Ngoc Khai, Ta Thuy Chi, Tran Nhat Minh, Pham Trang, Ngoc Tuyen, Ho Phi Diep, Tran Yen Nhi, Korean soprano Cho Hae Ryong and others.

Started in 2005, the Autumn Melody concert has received much support and contributions from hundreds of local and foreign artists.

It is regarded as a place for Vietnamese and foreign musicians to meet and exchange the latest in music news and where music lovers can have a great experience.

However, many financial difficulties have recently restricted the program to from expanding.

The organizational board can afford to finance homecomings for three famous musicians working abroad, so they may take part in this year’s music performance. Due to return home for the summer holiday, other young talents who are studying aboard will also participate in the concert. The remaining artists are musicians who reside in Vietnam.

Experts said that the concert often costs around VND800 million to one billion (US$40,000-50,000). The municipal People’s Committee supports VND300 million (US$15,000).

This year’s concert needs about VND600 million (US$30,000) more and is waiting for a support from the local government.

Director of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera Vo Dang Tin said that they will maintain the organization and quality of the concert and hope the event becomes an international music festival in the future.

The management board of the theater is also expecting a standard stage for classical music, which has been in the works for 10 years now.

Source: SGGP

Singaporeans, Vietnamese work together to present autumn fashion

In Vietnam Entertainment on September 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

HCM City, once again, will warm up during the cool season of early fall with a fashion show, “Newurbanmale Night,” September 11. The show is a fresh wind for the local fashion industry thanks to the exchange between Vietnam and Singapore. 

The poster for the fashion show, Newurbanmale night, which will take place on September 11 at 4IN1 Bar (Photo: Courtesy of Newurbanmale)
The show features five models from Singapore and ten models from Vietnam. The names of the models have not been revealed, as the organizers hope it will be a big surprise for visitors.
The Singapore models will bring new styles of presentation from the Singapore catwalk, while the Vietnamese models are challenged with reaching a higher professional level.
The Vietnamese models will also receive some help from Singaporean professional stylists.
Organizers said sharing and enjoying fashion ideas is the main aim of the show.
The three latest summer/autumn collections by Newurbanmale will be presented.
The show also features appearances by boyband La Thang, singers Khang Luan and Khanh Vy, actor Nam Cuong and actress Diem My.
Tickets are available at the Newurbanmale outlet in District 1 and cost VND200,000 (US$11).
The show starts at 8.30pm and held at 4IN1 Bar, District 6.

Source: SGGP