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2010 Long Bien Bridge festival shines

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

Hanoi to build Long Bien Bridge 2

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Bien Hoa-Vung Tau highway in the pipeline

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:07 am

Community tourism promoted in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Community tourism promoted in Dien Bien

QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

“I was greatly impressed by how unspoilt the mountain was and with the folk songs, dances and the food eaten by the Thai ethnic minority people,” said an Australian tourist.

Vietnamese-Australian Nguyen Pham Dien gave his first impression of Men hamlet in Thanh Nua village, Dien Bien district, one of the eight sites that promotes community tourism in Dien Bien province. It was started in 2004 to promote the cultural identity of the Thai ethnic minority group.

Tourists are invited into stilt houses and served with sweet bamboo shoots, baked fish and bamboo-tube rice while their hearts are lifted by the melodious folk music. Many admitted that they almost lost their hearts to the beautiful charming Thai girls as they danced and sang so sweetly.

Home-stay programmes are open to anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Thai community to find out more about their tribal customs and daily lives.

The provincial authorities have said that community based tourism is expected to expand across the province to promote the cultural identities of all the 21 local ethnic minority groups. The programme will also help to increase the local per-capita incomes by around 700,000 VND a month. This is enough to buy a months food in mountainous areas and will contribute greatly to reducing poverty.

Six kilometres away from Dien Bien Phu city, Men hamlet is popular for its superb panoramas and is undergoing changes for the better every day thanks to this kind of tourism.

The headman in Men hamlet, Quang Van Thuong, said that the poverty rate in his hamlet has dropped to five percent from 20 percent in 2004 and all the local families can now afford to send their children to school.

Him Lam commune No.2 on the outskirts of Dien Bien Phu city is another example. Until the tourism programme was launched, the local population largely depended on growing rice and maize on the terraced fields, which lead to a high poverty rate. This tourism scheme has helped the local people to return to brocade weaving to sell to tourists and increase their income.

Nguyen Dang Quang, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, emphasised on the need to educate local people to retain and promote their cultural identity.

The province plans to hold folk song classes for the young generation and restore the local traditional costumes, said Quang.

Local families working in the tourist industry will be sent to Sa Pa mountain resort in the north-western province of Lao Cai as well as Ban Lac tourist site in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh to learn from others how to improve the quality of their services, he added.

Several traditional festivals or rituals will also be revived, such as the festival to pray for peace and the ritual of praying for a bumper harvest as it is expected they will appeal to tourists.

The model of community-based culture tourism currently used in Dien Bien has not yet been fully commercialised, so is quite attractive to foreign tourists, said Quang.

The district has welcomed over 115,000 tourists, including 11,000 foreigners, over the past four months, contributing to the province’s target to attract over 300,000 tourists, including 50,000 foreigners, this year.

Dien Bien Phu was the former battlefield that put an end to the Indochina war. Dien Bien district keeps many items from the bunker of French General De Castries, the commander-in-chief of French the Expeditionary Force at the Dien Bien Phu battlefield.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Grand requiem for fallen soldiers held in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:53 am

Grand requiem for fallen soldiers held in Dien Bien

QĐND – Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

A grand requiem for Vietnamese soldiers who devoted their lives for the nation was held on May 12 at the A1 cemetery in the northwestern province of Dien Bien involving Buddhists, Vietnamese veterans, local people and overseas Vietnamese.

Addressing the requiem, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son, who is also Head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, stressed that “to be able to live the current free, peaceful and happy life, no one among us are allowed to forget losses and sacrifices of elders.”

Cao Van San, member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and President of the Vietnamese People’s Association in the Thai province of Sakon Nakhon, on behalf of the participating overseas Vietnamese, affirmed the expatriates’ deep respect paid to martyrs.

The requiem not only helps the participating expatriates clearly understand the country’s glorious history during the resistant war against the French, but also manifests the policy on freedom of religions and belief of the Vietnamese Party and State, said Nguyen Pham Dien from Australia, who are among 30 overseas Vietnamese from nine countries to attend the event.

The ceremony was held by the Foreign Ministry’s State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, and the Dien Bien People’s Committee to coincide with the 56th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory over the French colonialists (May 7).

At the ceremony, the overseas Vietnamese delegation presented more than 240 million VND to the provincial fund for the poor and study promotion fund.

The State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese took the opportunity to present five insignias and 14 certificates of merit to collectives and individuals in recognition of their contributions to work relating to overseas Vietnamese.

Earlier on May 10-11, the overseas Vietnamese delegation visited several historic relics and presented gifts to the SOS village for disadvantaged children in Dien Bien province.

The 56-day-and-night Dien Bien Phu Campaign in 1954 help put an end to the colonial rule in Vietnam.

There are about 3,970 graves of fallen soldiers at the A1, Doc Lap and Him Lam Cemeteries in Dien Bien province.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence

QĐND – Friday, May 07, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – The victory of Dien Bien Phu is one of the national exploits, compared as a new Bach Dang, Chi Lang or Dong Da victory in the Ho Chi Minh times, in the Vietnamese history of national building and defense. Time passes by but its historical significance still remains and it will forever be a big lesson for future generations.

The Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7th, 1954 put an end to the French colony in Vietnam as well as in Indochina as without it the then French Government should not have sat down to sign in the Geneva Agreement, which bound the French to end the war and restore peace in the peninsula of Indochina. The victory was the direct result of the nine-year-long, whole-nation restless efforts to defend the fruits of the August Revolution. It also bears international-scale significance as it served as a bright example of national liberation for colonised nations worldwide.

Looking back into the past, the victory was the convergence of a number of factors. The first and foremost undeniable factor is the great unity of the whole nation under the talented leadership of the Party and late President Ho Chi Minh. Although Vietnam’s army at the time was still so young (founded in 1944) and equipped with modest weapons, under the leadership of the brilliant General Commander, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the army defeated a many-times-more powerful expeditionary force with modern weapons and equipment. When linking all military events during the nine-year resistance, experts could find that other campaigns could be practical tests for the Vietnam Army before it went to the final operation in Dien Bien Phu. Findings could point out that the army learnt valuable lessons from the previous battles and matured from time to time from these lessons and experiences. The victory also marked the great contribution by the soldiers of the past who, with their resourcefulness, courage, iron will and heroism, were ready to sacrifice themselves and uncompromisingly fought in battles against the enemy. Finally, the victory resulted from Vietnam’s warfare and military arts and the Party’s direction of self-reliance and whole-nation resistance, which later developed into the theory of People’s Warfare.     

On the occasion of the celebration of the 56th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, the review of the lessons from the campaign is needed for each Vietnamese and the whole nation. Proud of the past glorious victory and inheriting the lessons and spirit of the victory, today’s Vietnamese people and army should devote more to the cause of renewal and national economic development and defence. In both development and defence, national unity and the party’s proper leadership are always keys to success. Regarding national defence, the lessons from the victory never goes old even in peacetime. The army should regularly equip military people with precious properties of the Dien Bien soldiers as well as develop military past theories, experience and lessons on military and warfare arts in accordance with new situations in order to firmly and successfully defend the entity of the Fatherland and peace of the people, creating favorable conditions for economic development.  

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

Boeing helps build school in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Boeing helps build school in Dien Bien

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

A primary school worth over 120,000 USD funded by Boeing Group was inaugurated in Muong Phang commune, Dien Bien district, Dien Bien province on May 5.

Leaders of the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien and a delegation of the US veterans headed by Skip Boyce, President of Boeing Southeast Asia attended the inaugural ceremony.

The school has been built after a survey conducted by the delegation of US veterans at suggestion of General Vo Nguyen Giap’s family.

On the occasion, the General’s family presented the school a computer room and Kim Dong Publishing House donated books and magazines while the Veterans Fund of the United States (VFUS) granted 50 scholarships worth 500,000 VND each to disadvantaged students.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Narrowing the gap between areas in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

Narrowing the gap between areas in Dien Bien

QĐND – Monday, April 12, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Dien Bien should pay more attention to economic development criteria to close the gap between the areas and improve the quality of social welfare, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong.

During a two-day visit to Dien Bien province on April 11-12, Mr Trong held working session with the provincial leaders on the implementation of a project to develop a new rural model in Thanh Chan village, Dien Bien district.

He emphasised that the projects aims to help improve the living conditions of ethnic minority people. “Dien Bien should focus on developing safe water for daily use, building irrigation projects, upgrading canal systems, ensuring food production and creating a breakthrough in agricultural and rural development,” Mr Trong said.

He added that in addition to economic restructuring, the province should develop new economic model for developing farms, as well as reclaiming land to plant suitable crops, such as oranges, lemon and grapefruits. It should expand co-operation, call for investment, and make full use of available resources for building key projects, said Mr Trong.

On the occasion, he presented 50 gifts to poor households and families of social beneficiaries and more than VND200 million to the Thanh Can village to help local people raise cows.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Bird flu fully under control in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Bird flu fully under control in Dien Bien

QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

The Dien Bien Provincial People’s Committee announced on April 8 that the three communes of Thanh Yen, Noong Luong and Thanh Hung are freed of bird flu infection.

As the province has relaxed its animal transport controls, healthy and approved animals are now on sale in the local markets.

The last bird flu outbreak was discovered in Thanh Yen and then the disease continued spreading to Noong Luong and Thanh Hung where nearly 8,000 birds and 7,500 eggs have been destroyed over the past 3 months.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Couples lock their love on Long Bien Bridge

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:22 am

I once saw an interesting picture on one of my friends’ facebook page. The picture was of two identical locks that were on a fence on a bridge. I though it was just a random picture until recently, when I saw a picture of the Great Wall. It wasn’t just another image, but a picture that highlighted a part of the fence where a lot of locks were hung.

Locks hung on Long Bien Bridge (Photo: Thanh nien)

I googled and found out that walls of locks are not new in the world. They have appeared in countries across the globe. But in different countries, the walls have different meanings.

One such area at the Great Wall in China symbolises the everlasting romance between two people, while in Hungary , putting a lock on a wall is a patriotic gesture. The tradition has recently been practiced in Vietnam at the 100-year-old Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi .

With its charming vintage look and incredible view of the Hong (Red) River, Long Bien, the oldest bridge in Hanoi , has been a favourite spot for young people to get together. After a slow ride on motorbikes, people often stop at a fine spot on the bridge, where they enjoy conversation with one another or stare at the magnificent view. On the bridge, couples could possibly forget about time and stand or sit on the side of the bridge for hours. There are vendors there who are willing to serve them with snacks or drinks.

But a recent trend has transformed Long Bien from a hangout spot to something more personal. About three years ago, mysterious locks appeared on the fence of the bridge. At first no one knew who put them there or why. But after a story that explained the meaning of the locks was posted on various blogs, more and more locks were secured to the fence.

Most locks belong to young couples. First, they find a good spot for their locks. Some couples are prudent in their placement of locks. They have been known to take measurements of the fence in order to find locks that would fit on their chosen place. Then they buy stainless steel locks, which can cost more thanVND 200,000  (US$11 ).

Next, they place their locks onto the fence, but this is not a simple task. Couples have invented creative ways to make their tough locks intertwine, which allows them to be able to tell a story about their owners. Finally, after securing the locks to a nice spot, they throw away the keys as a sign of commitment to their partner.

The whole procedure is so complicated that it’s like a ritual. Young couples believe that the locks will bless their young love and keep it alive for 100 years.

It might seem like a strange belief at first, but the locks have saved relationships. Do Mai Quyen, a 21-year-old student, shared: “My boyfriend and I put our locks here two months ago. We had an outrageous fight once. But then we went back to the bridge and saw out locks there. Through all the scorching sun and pouring rain of Hanoi , they are still holding on to each other. We immediately found a way to solve our problem. It’s better than therapy.”

Nguyen Thi Ton, a 38-year-old vendor on the bridge, sells maize by during the day and snacks at night. “Couples who put locks here are all nice young people. They often return to their spot on the bridge. Some even told me their love story. Kids these days get so much more of an opportunity to be romantic,” said Ton.

“They hardly cause traffic problems, because the part of the bridge has space for parking. People have parked their motor bikes there for sight-seeing forever,” Ton said.

When I asked Pham Van Tuan, 47, a bridge guard, whether or not parking or putting locks on the bridge is legal. He was uncertain. Technically, parking on any bridge is illegal, but these regulations have not been enforced on Long Bien. Most people on the bridge are either vendors, sightseers or joggers. Daily trains still run on the railway in the middle of the bridge.

Long Bien will be renovated in the near future, which means all the locks will be removed and this tradition may have to move somewhere else or disappear forever.

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