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Red ear turtles intrude Hoan Kiem Lake

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

Although Hanoi citizens have been requested to collect and destroy red ear turtles, known to be the most dangerous invasive species in the world, visitors saw vast numbers of this species at Hoan Kiem Lake which is a sanctuary of the legendary turtle. The old turtle is now being menaced by the red ear turtle.

Red-eared turtles at Hoan Kiem Lake.

Thu Thuy, who lives on Hang Be Street, saw many red ear turtles around Hoan Kiem Lake and even on the path to the Ngoc Son temple.

Some vendors in the area near the lake noticed that the turtles floated on the water and even slid up and down the sides of the well.

On December 19, residents of Hanoi and many visitors were astonished to see a legendary turtle in Hoan Kiem Lake carrying a red-eared turtle on its back.

Dr. Ha Dinh Duc, an expert on this species, first discovered a red-eared slider in the lake in 1997 and believes the numbers have grown since then. He stated that this species breeds prolifically and confirmed that their existence in the lake was a threat to the old turtle’s food sources.

Dr Duc warned that in years to come these turtles may devour all the algae in the lake and even all the plant life. He also believed that this destructive species of turtles was increasing in numbers and would soon overtake all existing living creatures in the lake.

Tran Xuan Viet, director of Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said relevant departments were asked to collect and destruct red ear turtles, but now this work has not been done at Hoan Kiem Lake.

In addition, the Hanoi People’s Committee also asked relevant departments to strengthen to check catching, buying, breeding and releasing the red ear turtles.

Dr. Duc thinks that authorities in Hanoi need to take urgent steps to contain the prolific growth of the red ear turtle as these creatures are vociferous eaters of all plant marine life leaving very little food for other native series.

Turtles are important in Vietnamese culture, particularly the Ho Guom turtle. It is reclusive and rare and considered holy because of a 15th-century legend that claims King Le Loi drove out invading Chinese with a magical sword, which the gods gave him and which he later returned by giving it to the lake’s turtle, which swam it back to the gods.

Source: SGGP

Picturesque lake attracts day trippers from Hanoi

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Basking in the unspoilt wild of tranquil Quan Son Lake

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

Basking in the unspoilt wild of tranquil Quan Son Lake

QĐND – Friday, September 24, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Quan Son Lake, with its many small islands surrounded by forests and hundreds of limestone peaks, retains its wild and tranquil beauty as an idyllic out-of-the-way picnic spot in My Duc District, 50km from central Hanoi.

The lake is considered a small Ha Long Bay on land.

Passing the East Bridge, visitors reach a wharf where, for only VND60,000 (3 USD), they can be taken around the 850ha lake area by an enthusiastic boatwomen.

The interesting tour gives tourists a chance to behold the captivating scenery and enjoy the fresh air. The site is also the home of many varieties of birds, including the white egret.

During the trip, tourists will also see unique white flowers floating on the surface of the lake. It’s a strange plant native to the lake, with leaves as round as the moon and blossoms shaped like starfish.

In Quan Son, there are many wonderful destinations, including Trau Trang (White Buffalo) Mountain, Su Tu (Lion) Island, Doc Lap Island, Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) Hill and Hoa Qua Son (Flowers and Fruits Hill), each with its own natural attractions.

The area is also famous for Linh Son and Ngoc Long caves, which are not large but are dramatic, with stalactites and stalagmites in various shapes of eagles, dragons, phoenix, unicorns and tortoises. Tourists who arrive in the rainy season in June and July may not have a chance to visit the caves, because the water level rises.

But in this season, waterfalls run down into the lake from the high mountains, creating white spumes that add to the splendid scenery.

After the boat tour, a rest on the islands is suggested, where stilt-houses serve as places to stop for a picnic. Visitors can bring meals from home or ask the ferrywomen to buy food for a delectable midday feast. Local specialities include chicken and goat raised on the island, as well as fish, crab and snails from the lake.

Standing on the shore of Quan Son Lake, visitors marvel at the magnificent and peaceful environment, with imposing cliffs overlooking the green water and flocks of white egrets leisurely stretching their wings.

From October to March, Voi (Elephant) Valley – the bird watching point in Quan Son – is especially appealing, with a great number of species flocking to build nests and shelters.

There are also some pagodas in Quan Son, such as Cao and Ham Yen. However, Linh Son Pagoda, built during the Mac dynasty in the 16th century, is located at the foot of the mountain near Linh Son Cave and reflects on the surface of the lake.

About 20 rowboats and several motor boats are available at the lake to serve tourists, Huyen said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Heavenly Mekong Delta lake becoming eco-tourism draw

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Bung Binh Thien (Peaceful Lake of Heaven) is regarded as the biggest blue fresh water lake and a place of tranquility for visitor in the Mekong Delta.

Boat race is organized on Bung Binh Thien lake every year. (Photo :Sggp)

Located in An Phu District in An Giang Province, the natural lake links three communes including Khanh Binh, Khanh An and Nhon Hoi, adjoins the Binh Di and Hau rivers and is becoming known as an eco-tourist area.

The water surface of the lake spreads out more than 800 hectares in rainy season. It narrows to 200 hectares during dry periods and never dries out completely.

Bung Binh Thien is also called the lake sea of the Mekong Delta, providing fresh water for the people in the region.

The lake is home of a variety of fish species, with an especially great quantity of Ca sat (Sat fish), which are often fried. Sat fried fish mixed with mango salad is a specialty of the southern region.

Visitors to Bung Binh Thien during flood season have the chance to enjoy many other special foods. Residents usually organize boat races on the lake every year.

The lake remains clean and pure all year round. Meanwhile, the rivers and canals surrounding it have been muddied by alluvium.

The People’s Committee of An Phu District in An Giang Province is calling on investors to build up the lake area as a cultural tourist site.

Source: SGGP

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

Walk around Sword Lake for autism integration

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Walk around Sword Lake for autism integration

QĐND – Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Hanoi Autistics’ Family Club and channel O2TV will join hands in holding a meeting and a walk with the aim of assisting autistics with community integration on April 11th in Hanoi.

More than 400 families of children with autism and volunteers together with well-known artist Duc Hai will participate in a parade around the Sword Lake with a slogan “Together support children with autism to integrate into the community”.

The parade will help raise awareness of autism and to call for more supports for autism-affected children.

Autism has been known in Vietnam for nearly a decade. There will be unprecedented consequence of autism, which is growing, if the community does not know exactly what autism is.

No conclusive reasons for or treatment to autism have been found to date.

However, it is understanding and sympathy that can help people with autism integrate into the community.

The sooner children with autism are identified and treated, the more hopes for an independent life and a stable job they will have.

Source: Vietnam+

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Vuc Lake to be renovated

In Social life on March 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Vuc Lake to be renovated

QĐND – Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

PANO – The improvement of Vuc Lake, in Long Bien district, Hanoi, started on March 14th by Him Lam Joint-stock Company.

Vuc Lake is the first one to be improved with the support of the community under a Project on Environment Improvement of Lakes in Hanoi to upgrade 44 lakes.

It is among the four most polluted lakes in Hanoi.

Under the project, the lake bed will be dredged while the lake’s edges will be reinforced and a lighting system will be installed.

It is expected to take half a year to complete this nearly VND 20 billion project.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Dredging commences at Hoan Kiem Lake

In Vietnam Weather on November 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm

The project to experimentally dredge Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake, using German technology, started on November 18.


The project will run from November 18-27, with the assistance of German and Thai experts, using Germany’s Sediturtie technology.


The dredging will work using air and mud pipes with four basic steps: pumping water, sucking out mud, putting mud into a tank to filter before pouring mud into a mud pressing machine.


The site for trial dredging has been bordered by iron nets to protect the lakes legendary turtle. The dredging process will be supervised by experts of the Hoan Kiem Lake improving project, the local Departments of Science-Technology, Construction, Natural Resources-Environment and the Hanoi Water Supple-Drainage Company.


The Sediturtie machine that can absorb 30 cu.m of mud per hour and split water from mud. Water will be discharged to the city’s drainage system while mud will be transported to another site.


Vu Nhu Hanh, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Science and Technology told Dan Tri online newspaper on November 18 that the project was running very smoothly.


Once this trial programme is successful, this technology will be applied to the entire lake

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Hanoi’s Van Lake gets chemical clean

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2008 at 4:59 pm

A project to clear Van Lake in Hanoi’s Temple of Literature is currently taking place with results expected this weekend.

The project is seen as a timely move since after many years of neglect, Van Lake resembles a stagnant pond with various kinds of algae seriously polluting the lake. It was this grim situation which prompted scientists to find ways to clean the water, said Nguyen Phu Tuan, the leader of the four-member team of scientists at the Hoa Lac High Technology Industrial Zone.

After two years of researching and developing a solution, a purifying substance, named LTH 100, was created from agricultural waste; it also met environmentally friendly standards. This has been certified by the Viet Nam Institute of Science and Technology, said Tuan.

The scientists applied for an invention certificate from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Intellectual Property Department two months ago. A litre of LTH 100 can purify 60-80 cu.m of water. Van Lake, measuring 14,000 cu.m of water, will thus need 400 litres of the substance, according to Tuan.

Before clearing Van Lake, the scientists successfully purified two ponds in the Temple of Literature . They sprayed LTH 100 onto the ponds and saw that after only one day the water had cleared, the algae had died but the fish were still alive.

The team of scientists themselves paid for the expenditure, which cost 60 million VND (3,750 USD). If they had used foreign technology, the procedure could have cost more than 400 million VND (25,000 USD).-