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Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong coming to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong will travel to Vietnam for several cultural activities from December 24 to 30.

Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong

He is very popular for the role of the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) in a very popular TV series “Journey to the West” in the 1980s.


The actor, accompanied by officials from the Beijing International Radio Station, will arrive in Hanoi on December 24 and leave the capital for Ho Chi Minh City on 28.


Vietnam is the first destination in his Southeast Asia Tours in the New Year 2011.


The actor will have exchanges with students of the University of Social Science and Humanity and other primary and secondary schools, and offer his signature at Fahasa Book Stores during his visit.


This is Liu Xiao Ling Tong’s second trip to Vietnam; the first visit was in 1998.


Liu Xiao Ling Tong, whose real name is Zhang Jinlai, was born into a renowned artistic family in Shanghai in 1959.


His great-grandfather Zhang Tingchun was even considered “better than a living Monkey King”.


His father, Zhang Songyi, stage named as Liu Ling Tong or “Six Years Old Kid”, or famously known as “Nan Hou Wang” (the Southern Monkey King), has been acclaimed by Chinese leaders including late Chairman Mao Zedong and premier Zhou Enlai.


The actor won the title of “Best actor” at the Sixth Golden Eagle Prize, the highest honor in the TV production industry in China, for Journey to the West as Sun Wukong in 1988.

Source: SGGP

East Sea choppy from coming tropical depression

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm

A tropical low-pressure system will leave the Philippines’ waters, heading for the East Sea in the next one or two days, said the national weather bureau. It is then expected to move westward at a speed of 15-20 kilometers an hour.


The northern part of the East Sea will be rough and experience rainstorms and strong winds, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has forecasted.


Affected by the depression, there are currently thunderclouds over the East Sea, which are slowly heading towards to the waters off from Khanh Hoa to Ca Mau, causing showers and thunderstorms for those southern provinces.

Source: SGGP

Coming round mountains to Tay Bac

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am




Coming round mountains to Tay Bac


QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Tay Bac, the mountainous region in the northwest of Vietnam, is famous for beautiful terraced fields, colorful love markets, magnificent mountains and valleys. The terrain is fascinating for tourists who can discover many riddles of nature and indigenous cultures. The spectacular hillside-hugging road to the northern province of Ha Giang has a few hair-raising turns but the marvelous landscape is irresistible for nature lovers and adventurers.


I came to Meo Vac, a mountainous district in Ha Giang Province where tourists can visit Khau Vai love market, in the late afternoon. The topography is limestone mountains that impose over the poetic Nho Que river running through.


The love market often opens on the nights of 26th and 27th days of the lunar month. Shops trade till after midnight and local residents also stay up late. Their life rhythm is slow; the market is busy but I still sense a tranquility of there that is different to the markets in lowland regions.


In contrast, Meo Vac market in the morning is rather quiet with dozens of ethnic women standing around with wooden packs, filled with vegetables and other agricultural products on their back. Buyers take a look and handle the produce before they start to bargain. The market doesn’t stay open long.


Leaving Meo Vac, I continued the journey to conquer Ma Pi Leng Mountain. I have traveled through many Highland passes, but I felt a bit giddy at Ma Pi Leng, the king of all mountain passes in Vietnam.







Ethnic kids carry water large distances in the dry season

Ma Pi Leng is located on the border of Ha Giang Township and Dong Van and Meo Vac districts. The road runs round the sides of black limestone mountains, which are typical features of Dong Van Plateau. Wall-like rocks of all shapes also beautify the pass between Dong Van Town and Lung Phin Commune. The Nho Que River adds the finishing touch to nature’s masterpiece.


In the dry season, ethnic people have to carry water large distances. I felt touched to see their hardship.


The next stop is conquering Lung Cu Mountain in Dong Van Plateau. It is in Lung Cu Commune, which is about 1,600 meters above sea level. On the peak of the mountain is a flagpole about 30 meters tall.


From the top, tourists can see the terraced fields and lakes below. It was breath-taking. I felt a sense of awe that I cannot forget.


Then I arrived at Dong Van District near sunset. Dong Van, about 155 kilometers from Ha Giang Commune, is the most developed district among the ethnic districts in Ha Giang.







Women carry firewood to Dong Van District in late afternoon

Dong Van is famous with old quarters, old markets, especially with its name meaning a plateau of limestone. Dong Van’s old quarter is different from Hoi An ancient town as most of houses here are built the Chinese way with 60-80-centimeter-thick clay walls and tiled roofs.


The market days in Dong Van left the biggest impression on me. Groups of H’Mong, Dao, Tay and other ethnic peoples in their colorful costumes walk from every corner of the mountains to the market to buy and sell. They arrive on foot with oxen, pigs, horses, chicken and every type of livestock and fowl. It’s exciting to watch the noisy bargaining at the trading area for animals and the tinkling sounds of spoons, pots and bowls when food sellers prepare for the market.


The market is a place where the Kinh people can meet and exchange culture with minority peoples.


Source: VietNamNet Bridge


Source: QDND

East Sea choppy from coming tropical depression

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

A tropical low-pressure system will leave the Philippines’ waters, heading for the East Sea in the next one or two days, said the national weather bureau. It is then expected to move westward at a speed of 15-20 kilometers an hour.


The northern part of the East Sea will be rough and experience rainstorms and strong winds, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has forecasted.


Affected by the depression, there are currently thunderclouds over the East Sea, which are slowly heading towards to the waters off from Khanh Hoa to Ca Mau, causing showers and thunderstorms for those southern provinces.

Source: SGGP

Toyota Concert Tour Vietnam 2010 coming this July

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

The 4th Toyota Concert Tour Vietnam 2010 will take place in four big cities from July 7 to 25.

Press conference on Toyota Concert Tour Vietnam 2010 is organized in Hanoi on June 23.

This year’s theme will focus on works of Hanoi to mark the grand celebration of the capital’s 1,000th anniversary.


Famous songs of Hanoi such as Nguoi Hanoi (Hanoi people) by Nguyen Dinh Thi, Hoa sua (Milk flower) of Hong Dang will be performed by pop diva Thanh Lam under the baton of Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna, Art director and main conductor of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO).


Music lovers will have also a chance to enjoy the well-known works of great composers such as Valse des Fleurs from Ballet “Nutcraker,” Sene (Act II) and Dance Neopolitane from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan lake”; Overture “Poe and Peasant” by Franz von Suppe; Les Toreadors from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” Die Moldau by Bedrich Smetana and others.


Ticket prices range from VND150,000 (US$7.5) – VND300,000 (US$15) (available at the address below) with all proceeds going to the Toyota scholarship for Vietnamese young music talent 2010. The tour is supported by Toyota Viet Nam Foundation.


The Trans-Viet music show will be held at Hanoi Opera House on July 7 & 8, Hai Phong City Theater on 20, Trung Vuong Theater in the central coastal city of Da Nang on 23 and Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on 25.

Source: SGGP

International documentary film week coming to Hanoi

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:34 am

A week of international documentary film featuring pictures from Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Vietnam will be held in Hanoi on June 21-25.

A scene from Belgium documentary “The change of a station”

The event will present to the public ten documentaries on various subjects including architecture, spiritual life, culture, cultural heritage and women.


This is the second time the Central Documentary and Scientific Film Studio and the embassies of France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany and the Wallonie-Brussels delegation in Vietnam have organized the cinematic event. The first was in 2009.


One European and one Vietnamese documentary on the same topic will be screened for free each night at Vietnam’s Center for Documentary and Scientific Films, 465 Hoang Hoa Tham Street.

– June 21: Belgian-Vietnamese films on architecture
– June 22: Italian-Vietnamese films on spirituality
– June 23: German-Vietnamese films on multiculturalism
– June 24: Swedish-Vietnamese films on cultural heritage
– June 25: French-Vietnamese films on women

Source: SGGP

New version of Doraemon comic series coming soon

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

The Doraemon will release the latest version of its comic series on May 29, announced the Kim Dong Publishing House, in Hanoi on May 18.

New version of Doraemon comic series will be released at the end of May.

Doraemon, was the first Japanese manga to be introduced in Vietnam 20 years ago and became one of the best selling series in the Vietnamese manga market with millions of copies sold.

In this edition, names of characters in the comic will be kept following the Japanese original, not be transcribed into Vietnamese like old versions such as Doraemon, Nobita, Gian, Suneo, Shizuka instead of Đôrêmon, Nôbita, Chaien, Xêkô and Xuka.

New version will still read from the right to left like the original.

On the debut of the comic book, Kim Dong Publishing House will organize the “Entertaining with Doreamon” festival in Hanoi on May 22 and Ho Chi Minh City Children’s House on 29.


 

Source: SGGP

Traditional revolutionary zone coming out of its shell

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm




Traditional revolutionary zone coming out of its shell


QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)


The northern mountainous Tuyen Quang province was a center of radical activism during Vietnam’s revolutionary struggle. Visiting the historical site now, it’s impossible not to notice the area’s strong development, with many construction projects worth hundreds of billion VND in value.

Tuyen Quang is located on the peaceful Lo River 165 kilometers northwest of Ha Noi.


The province is making all efforts to speed up its economic, cultural and social growth alongside neighboring provinces.

Tourism is one of Tuyen Quang’s strong points. Visitors are very interested in many tours to historical, cultural and ecotourism sites likely Tan Trao hamlet, Hong Thai communal house, Na Lua hut and more.

Tan Trao lies in a small valley between the mountains and jungle in Son Duong district and is roughly 200km from Hanoi.

The main places of interest are Tan Trao Communal House, Hong Thai Communal House, and a banyan tree and a hut where Ho Chi Minh lived from June to August 1945.

Tan Trao was used as a resistance base before August 1945 and was the provisional capital of the patriotic forces headed by late President Ho Chi Minh. The Communist Party of Vietnam held several important meetings there, especially in August 1945.

The wild beauty of the forest and mountains surrounding the Na Hang hydroelectric plant, including My Lam Atream, and sacred old pagodas and temples that dot the hills, attract thousands of visitors every year.

Tuyen Quang is also famous for its beautiful women with white complexions, good figures and shy smiles.

People believe that because the province was the capital of the Mac Dynasty (1527-1596), many imperial concubines produced beautiful lineages.

Tuyen Quang’s fresh air also makes for a high quality of life.

The province is also home of several ethnic groups such as Tay, Dao, Cao Lan, Mong, Thai and more.

Tuyen Quang town was recognized as a city in 2002. The city has a strong history of economic, cultural and social development but it still keeps the special cultural beauty of a traditional revolutionary zone.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Traditional revolutionary zone coming out of its shell

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:34 am

The northern mountainous Tuyen Quang province was a center of radical activism during Vietnam’s revolutionary struggle. Visiting the historical site now, it’s impossible not to notice the area’s strong development, with many construction projects worth hundreds of billion VND in value.

Tuyen Quang town locates on the peaceful Lo River.

Tuyen Quang is located on the peaceful Lo River 165 kilometers northwest of Ha Noi.


The province is making all efforts to speed up its economic, cultural and social growth alongside neighboring provinces.

Tourism is one of Tuyen Quang’s strong points. Visitors are very interested in many tours to historical, cultural and ecotourism sites likely Tan Trao hamlet, Hong Thai communal house, Na Lua hut and more.

Tan Trao lies in a small valley between the mountains and jungle in Son Duong district and is roughly 200km from Hanoi.

The main places of interest are Tan Trao Communal House, Hong Thai Communal House, and a banyan tree and a hut where Ho Chi Minh lived from June to August 1945.

Tan Trao was used as a resistance base before August 1945 and was the provisional capital of the patriotic forces headed by late President Ho Chi Minh. The Communist Party of Vietnam held several important meetings there, especially in August 1945.

The wild beauty of the forest and mountains surrounding the Na Hang hydroelectric plant, including My Lam Atream, and sacred old pagodas and temples that dot the hills, attract thousands of visitors every year.

Tuyen Quang is also famous for its beautiful women with white complexions, good figures and shy smiles.

People believe that because the province was the capital of the Mac Dynasty (1527-1596), many imperial concubines produced beautiful lineages.

Tuyen Quang’s fresh air also makes for a high quality of life.

The province is also home of several ethnic groups such as Tay, Dao, Cao Lan, Mong, Thai and more.

Tuyen Quang town was recognized as a city in 2002. The city has a strong history of economic, cultural and social development but it still keeps the special cultural beauty of a traditional revolutionary zone.

Source: SGGP

‘Dancing with the Stars’ coming to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

World-famous TV series “Dancing with the Stars” is set to debut in Vietnam April 11 with eight episodes.

Vietnamese “Dancing with the Stars” contestants pose during a press conference on April 2 in Ho Chi Minh City(Photo: Cat Tien Sa Media)The US reality show is based on the British series “Strictly Come Dancing,” where celebrities partner-up with professional dancers and compete against each other in weekly elimination rounds to determine a winner. The format has now been licensed to more than 30 countries.
 
Titled “Buoc nhay hoan vu,” the Vietnamese version will see the participation of eight local celebrities from different entertainment fields.
 
The famous personalities include singers Siu Black, Doan Trang and Quang Vinh; actors and actresses Ngo Thanh Van, Luong Manh Hai and Minh Beo; Mister International 2008 Ngo Tien Doan; and Miss International Beauty 2009 Vu Thi Hoang Diep. 
 
The eight stars will receive one month of instruction from foreign choreographers and then pair up with dance masters from the US and Bulgaria to learn dance routines.
 
In the Vietnamese version, a group of judges known as the “Fantasic four,” including movie directors Quang Dung and Le Hoang, and dance masters Chi Anh and Khanh Thi, will critique the celebrities’ performances and give feedback on how they can improve.
 
Singer Thanh Thao will host the show, in her debut as an MC, along with seasoned host Thanh Bach.
 
Speaking to SGGP (English Edition) about the kick-off of the series, Miss International Beauty 2009 Diep said, “My initial feeling about the contest is excitement. In preparation for launching my singing career in the future, learning to dance is also an important part. However, I have not had enough time to practice until I participated in the series.
 

Miss International Beauty 2009 Vu Thi Hoang Diep in a dance with her partner “The actual practice is totally different than what I had imagined. From what I saw on TV, I thought dancing would be easy, but it’s not. Remembering all the moves from a type of dance is hard. It’s also 10 times harder since I have to remember 10 different dances. Sequence, music, body positioning – you have to combine all of these in order to present a beautiful, flawless performance,” she added.
 
When asked her opinion of her foreign partner, Diep said, “I like my partner a lot. He’s cute, kind, humorous and very patient. I bet we will be one of the last teams standing.”
 
The series will be broadcast every Sunday from 8pm to 9:30pm on channel VTV3 from April 11 to June 20. It is produced by Vietnam Television Station, Cat Tien Sa Media and Vfresh Co.  
 
Local organizers hope the series will enjoy the same popularity here as it has in other countries around the globe. 

Source: SGGP