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Land of nine dragons looks towards Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday

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

Land of nine dragons looks towards Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday

QĐND – Sunday, October 03, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

Together with provinces and cities across the country, the Mekong Delta is looking towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

Most localities in the region have carried out activities to celebrate the capital’s 1,000th birthday.

My Tho City in Tien Giang province got a facelift: Roads have been upgraded, widened and decorated with posters, flags and flowers to celebrate the grand event.

Three other projects in My Tho, the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Rach Gam and 30/4 Roads, have been completed and put into operation to welcome national and provincial political events, particularly the capital’s birthday.

Teams of workers had to work day and night to finish these projects before the grand ceremony. Huynh Ngoc Vuong, director of the Quoc Vuong Ltd Company, says that the company encouraged its engineers and workers to try their best to finish the project 15 days ahead of schedule.

Tien Giang province has also put many key projects into operation, including 34 bridges on Road 865 to promote socio-economic development in Dong Thap Muoi; the Tien Giang Maternity Hospital; Road 863; Xuan Hoa canal; and Binh Minh Kindergarten. These projects were built at a cost of more than VND500 billion.

Ben Tre province has chosen 157 special ornamental plants to display in Hanoi, including 2 18m-dragons made by ficus trees, 140 bonsai in pots and two models of hexagonal houses. Artisans made great efforts to carefully cut and design their work to make it perfect for the grand celebrations.

The Dong Thap province prepared many art and cultural performances to celebrate the event, including a mobile information festival about the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is also attending the Thang Long-Hanoi International Tourism Festival and exhibition in Hanoi to promote its tourism potential. Four tourism sites are considered keys to communal development, including Dong Giang Sa Dec Islet, Tan Hoi Trung Lotus and Weaving villages and Long Khanh – Hong Ngu Beach.

More than 1,000 books, newspapers, magazines and e-documents about the Communist Party of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh and the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi are being displayed at the provincial library, and art and cultural performances are being held all across the province from October 1 to 10.

Activities to mark the Party congress at the grassroots level as well as the capital’s birthday are also being held in the southernmost provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau. Meetings were held with heroes of the people’s armed forces, heroes of labour and Vietnamese heroic mothers in most Mekong Delta provinces before they left for Hanoi to attend the grand ceremony.

Along with people all across the country, people in the land of nine dragons are celebrating with special activities to share their happiness and pride with Hanoians on the special occasion of the capital’s 1,000th anniversary.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Farmer makes 1,000 bamboo dragons for Hanoi millennium

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Farmer makes 1,000 bamboo dragons for Hanoi millennium

QĐND – Sunday, July 04, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

A farmer from the northern mountain province of Hoa Binh has devoted seven years to growing and bending 1,000 bamboo trees into the shape of flying dragons to present them to Hanoi on its millennium anniversary scheduled for October this year.

Nguyen Van Nam said he drove to Soc Son district to buy the “golden” bamboo saplings to grow at home.

“This sort of bamboo is very flexible, not as hard as green bamboo which makes it easy to create shapes at will,” he explained.

To have 1,000 flying dragons, each with a height of 1.5 m, he had to grow 2,000 bamboo trees to have enough to select only the best. He had to bend the dragon a little every day over a long period of time.

After more than six years, the mountainous farmer has finished his work, turning his bamboo into flying dragons rising into the sky with pride.

Nam also grew three additional clusters of bamboo in the shape of the country and a huge “ngau” tree (aglaia) in the shape of the earth with the words ‘Hoa Binh’ (Peace),  as presents for Hanoi’s celebration.

“I would like to present the results of my hard work to the capital city as a token of the warming feelings of Vietnamese farmers,” he sad.

Over the past decade, Nam has presented bonsai trees for major events in Hanoi such as the SEA Games 22 and the ASEAN Summit.

In 1998, he bent a tree into the words ‘Bac Ho Vi Dai’ (Great Uncle Ho) to present to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Hanoi Dragons win Indochine Cup

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Hanoi Dragons win Indochine Cup

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:54 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Dragons won the annual Indochine Rugby Cup with a final tally of three wins and one loss at Ha Dong Stadium over the weekend.

Their only loss came in their second match against Saigon with a disappointing 12-14 defeat.

Hanoi beat Saigon in the first game of the day 5-0 thanks to an early try by Alex Wicks and a try-saving tackle later in the game by Duc Nguyen.

The Dragons are happy to win the Indochine Cup for the first time in over 10 years in a fitting tribute to Hanoi’s 1000th anniversary.

The tournament included a contact tournament between the Hanoi Dragons, Saigon Geckos, and Lao Buffalos as well as a touch tournament with three teams from Hanoi, a Saigon team and a team from Bangkok.

The touch tournament came down to the Hanoi Reds and the Bangkok Southerners. After a strong defensive performance, a try was scored in the final minute allowing the Southerners to prevail 1-0.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Labor of love adorns Vietnam with golden dragons

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:28 am

Record setting craftsman Ngoc Minh’s latest feat is a unique gift to the nation – the “Thien long Viet do” (Divine Dragons – Map of Vietnam) filled with a thousand golden dragons

Ngoc Minh posing with his giant Vietnam map, entiled “Thien long Viet do” (Photo: Lao Dong Newspaper)
Ngoc Minh aka Tran Van Anh likes setting records.

He already has two entries to his name in the Vietnam Record Book, one for the “Bach tam do” (a map shaped by 100 “heart” words) and “Bach nhan do” (a map shaped by 100 “patience” words).

These feature respectively the collection of a hundred designs of the Vietnamese words “tam” (heart) and “nhan” (patience).

In his “final” and most ambitious undertaking, Ngoc Minh decided on a map of Vietnam covered with a 1000 dragons made of gold.

The “Thien long Viet do” (Divine Dragons : Map of Vietnam) is a map of Vietnam, which is six meters in height and 3 meters in width and inspired by shape of a giant dragon, which is in turn is filled with smaller dragons symbolizing different localities including islands. The highlight of the map is Thang Long (now known as Hanoi), also represented by a gold dragon weighing 1.8 kilos.

The artwork by craftsman Ngoc Minh, who lives in Nam Phuoc Village of the south central costal province of Quang Nam, is his gift to the capital city on the occasion of its 1000th anniversary.

This work took him at least three years to complete with the help of 14 other craftsmen – five painters, five carpenters and four jewelers.  “This work is the best proof of our patience during a long period. This is not simply a feedback to the campaign to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long by the organizers, but it is, truly, our big love and also our dream to find something precious enough to contribute respectfully towards the ceremony.”

Finding the dragons

Dragons have played an important part in the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people since the early days of the country. They appear in a variety of forms in our lives, as a royal symbol in the court or a religious symbol in the pagoda. They are carved on daily-use tools as well as decorations, and are featured in poetry, architecture, construction, literature and also history.

But this pervasive influence and presence of the dragon did not make it easy for Ngoc Minh to find 1,000 different kinds of dragons. He spent many months traveling round the country to find some “new dragons”, and also searched on the Internet for them. He copied patterns from pagoda roofs, at royal courts and also from old-fashioned bowls and cups. His friends in the south and north of the country helped in the search.

The variety of dragons was a constant inspiration for Minh and his team. Minh explained that if they were carving just one dragon everyday, it would have become monotonous, especially considering that the project would take as long as three years to complete.

“Everyday, we started with a fresh idea about a new dragon design. To get a new one right was always difficult, but it kept our interest keen and the passion strong.”

The frame for the map, made of the luxurious mengarit and the Hopea pierrei wood, was carved with dragon patterns by experienced carpenters from the carpenter villages of Kim Bong, Hoi An, and Duy Xuyen.

On completing the map, Minh and his team, were able to remember all the provinces and cities of Vietnam, from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau at the bottom to the northeastern province of Ha Giang at the very top. They also learned by heart the 200 big and small islands belonging to the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

Talking about early days, Minh somewhat sadly said that his project did not receive any sponsorship from local enterprises. “Some of them did not trust my project and they called it crazy and infeasible. All I have today, the victory and the compliments from everyone, mostly are thanks to the encouragement and support from my relatives and artist friends.

“This, maybe, is the final record in my life since I cannot complete a new collection of a pattern in the tens of thousands or more of different designs.”

“Thien long Viet do” has since occupied pride of place, being selected as a special offering from the central province of Quang Nam to the ceremony commemorating the 1000th ceremony of Thang Long – Ha Noi. Minh said he would hire guards and even purchase insurance for his artwork.

Judging the artwork by Minh, historian Duong Trung Quoc had only this to say: “Highly admirable, excellent!”. Dinh Hai, Director of the Quang Nam Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said proudly: “This is the most beautiful national map ever in the world. I believe that this is the most precious gift for the 1000th ceremony in the north. The work is not only a proof of the love of a craftsman towards his country, it also honors the diligence, the beauty of art and talent of the craftsmen in the central region. It is an inspiration for the country and our future generations.”

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VN’s largest dragons to make splash at flower fest

In Vietnam Culture on December 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

The two largest dragon figures in Vietnam, created from hundreds of ornamental trees, will be unveiled at Xuan Huong Lake at the 2010 Da Lat Flower Festival January 1-4.

Two largest dragon figures created from ornamental trees at Xuan Huong Lake will be officially presented to the public in 2010 Da Lat Flower Festival.

The dragons, measuring 108m long and 3m high, will be recognized as the two longest flower dragons in the country by the Vietnam Record Book Center, said Mr. Nguyen Tao, director of the Lam Dong Province Trade-Investment and Tourism Promotion Center.

The creations are adorned with a carpet of brilliant flowers at their bottom, Mr. Tao added.

In related news, a promotional program themed “Da Lat-Lam Dong Impression 2009” will be launched by the Department of Industry and Trade of the Highland province of Lam Dong from December 15 to January 15, 2010.

The program aims to attract more visitors to central Da Lat City, especially for the upcoming Da Lat Flower Festival.

It will also introduce visitors to attractive local destinations including Mong Mo (Dreamlike) Hill, Love Valley and Than Tho lake. Travel companies, hotels and restaurants will take the opportunity to offer discounts of 30-50 percent to tourists.

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