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Tea producers honoured at Lam Dong Tea Festival

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:22 am

A ceremony to honour tea producers was the highlight of the opening ceremony of the third Lam Dong Tea Festival 2010 in Lam Dong Province on December 25.

Visitors at the Lam Dong Tea Festival 2010.

45 tea producers and processers spanning five generations were honoured at the opening ceremony. The festival had the highland town of Bao Loc pulsating with activity. There was a procession of flower-decked cars, a tea picking contest, an exhibition and a science seminar.


The event will organize a program to announce B’lao tea brand.

The organizers expected the event would encourage the tea industry of Vietnam and Lam Dong in particular to produce higher quality tea for export and also improve the living conditions of tea-producers.

The festival is on till December 27.

Source: SGGP

Lam Dong Tea Festival to open

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm




Lam Dong Tea Festival to open


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Tea producers, processors and local people in Bao Loc and Dalat cities, Lam Dong Province will have opportunity to participate in various activities in the third Lam Dong Tea Festival 2010 to open on December 25th.


The festival includes a flower procession, tea-picking contest, a contest on knowledge about tea and life, exhibitions and scientific seminars.


Noteworthy is that this year’s festival will make public the certificate of the trademark “B’lao Tea” to honor tea producers.


The organisers expected that the three-day event will encourage the tea industry of Lam Dong, in particular, and of Vietnam in general, to produce more high quality tea for export, and to further improve tea-producers’ living standards.


Source: SGGP


Translated by Tran Hoai


Source: QDND

Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am




Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access


QĐND – Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 20:20 (GMT+7)

PANO – 322 out of 326 schools in Lam Dong province have been connected with broadband internet access, achieving 99% of the goal of the program of “Internet for School-Investment for the Future”.


The figure was released in a ceremony to review this program held on December 13th in Dalat City by Viettel Group and the Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee.


At the ceremony, Pham Quang Da, Director of Viettel’s branch in Lam Dong, said it was very difficult to facilitate internet access in schools in a province where 90% of its territory was forest and mountains. Thus, Viettel needed to bring internet connections to schools into life and make them effective in education and training. Viettel also pledged to ensure free internet access to those schools.


On this occasion, the Director and the Head of Lam Dong Department of Education and Training also signed a minute on completing this three-year program.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Lam Dong Province promoting tea culture

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

The central highland province of Lam Dong is regarded as the center of the largest Tea material region in the country. Its weather conditions and soil quality are suitable for tea planting.

A tea farm in Bao Lam District, Lam Dong Province (Photo: SGGP)

Cau Dat, in Truong Tho Hamlet, Xuan Truong Commune, 30 kilometers from the city’s center of Da Lat, was where the French first brought fragrant tea trees in 1927 and officially established the Cau Dat Service of Tea. Cau Dat has been the cradle of the Lam Dong tea region for 80 years.

Then tea growing areas expanded to districts including Bao Loc, Bao Lam, Di Linh and Da Lat City.

The province has increased its tea area from 250 hectares to 300 hectares every year in the 2004-2010 period.

Currently, Lam Dong Province grows about 24,000 hectares of many tea varieties, with more than 30 local and foreign enterprises growing, purchasing and processing tea products.

So far, 20 businesses have been licensed VietGAP (Vietnamese Agriculture Practices) Certificate for their safe and high quality products.

Entrepreneurs have supported growers to apply high technologies in planting and processing tea. The cooperation will create a stable material source for companies, increase the income of farmers and develop the tea industry of the largest tea garden of Vietnam.


Related article:
Lam Dong to charm visitors with tea fest

Source: SGGP

Lam Dong to charm visitors with tea fest

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 6:57 am

Lam Dong to host tea festival

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.

Mong Phu gate with banian tree and river wharf.

A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.

 

Village well

Old Laterite wall

A 200-year old house in Mong Phu Hamlet



Source: SGGP

Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

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




Trip to Duong Lam ancient village


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

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.


A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Lam Dong wants regional links for Lien Khuong

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm




Lam Dong wants regional links for Lien Khuong


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Lam Dong Province will send its representatives to Laos on a mission to look for the opportunity to establish air connections between Lien Khuong Airport in this Central Highlands province and well-known destinations in the region


Lam Dong’s vice chairman Hoang Sy Son told the Daily that the mission to promote the recently-upgraded airport was scheduled to take place soon later this year following positive results of similar trips to Singapore and Cambodia’s Siem Reap in previous months.


Son said as Singapore, Siem Reap and Laos were tourist-frequented spots, international flight links between these destinations and Lien Khuong Airport would help bring more foreign travelers to Lam Dong and give a boost to its tourism.


Wellness, eco-tourism and MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) remain the key products the local tourism sector was developing to meet the demand of both domestic and foreign visitors.


“More luxury hotels are up and running, especially the properties able to host major international conferences,” Son said. He added resort developments out of Dalat City and other sites in the province were also on track.


Son said Lam Dong had learnt a good lesson from the 28th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME 28) in the resort town of Dalat last month and what facilities the province would invest to better host big events.


Lien Khuong Airport, about 30 kilometers from Dalat, demonstrated its capacity to service international flights from the region as it successfully handled international charter flights during the SOME 28.


Lam Dong attracted around 2.5 million travelers last year to its capital city Dalat and other destinations, and is looking to more than three million in 2010. International arrivals are forecast to account for 10% of this year’s number.


Currently, Lien Khuong is the destination for the only regular domestic flights operated by Vietnam Airlines though this airport was upgraded in the fourth quarter of 2009 to handle more passengers and more aircraft.


A new well-equipped terminal at Lien Khuong can serve two million passengers a year and the 3,250-meter-long, 45-meter-wide runway is good for Airbus A320s and A321s as well as Boeing B737s to land and take off during the daytime and at night. The parking area has enough space for seven aircraft.


Lien Khuong handled around 205,000 passengers and nearly 2,500 tons of cargo last year, a year-on-year increase of 46% and 39% respectively. The corresponding rises in the first half of this year were up to 60% to 134,000 passengers and 55% to more than 1,570 tons compared to the same period last year.


Source: VietNamNet/SGT


 


Source: QDND

Duong Lam Commune a ‘sleeping beauty’

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2008 at 11:25 am







A view of a festival called “Fishing on Tich Giang River” in Duong Lam ancient village in Son Tay Township of Ha Noi. Such activities should help attract more visitors to the village. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc

HA NOI — Duong Lam Commune in Son Tay Township of Ha Noi is not well known as a tourist destination, despite having hundreds of well preserved ancient houses and 16 historic relics – of which seven are recognised as national historic monuments.


Duong Lam Commune was having trouble attracting tourists because of poor promotion and lack of services, said Pham Hung Son, head of the Management Board of Duong Lam Ancient Village.


The commune is home to over 900 old houses, 57 of which are more than 200 years old. But it is still a “sleeping beauty”, according to Son.


The board has organised training courses on tourism services, instructing 10 tourist guides and 10 owners of ancient houses on how to communicate with tourists. However, these tourist guides only accompany groups of tourists, while those who travel alone have no guide.


Residents say they also lack the skills needed to run a tourist enterprise successfully.


“Many visitors complain that when they visit ancient houses, the owners ask them to give money for the ancestral altar,” said Son.


Ha Nguyen Huyen, owner of a 200-year-old house in Duong Lam Village, said that many residents of the village still do not know how to do business properly.


“Local authorities keep encouraging us to foster tourism in the village, but we have never been in the industry before. We cannot do it without instructions and training,” said Huyen.


Son said that the number of visitors to the village has been decreasing recently. Last year, the average number of visitors to the commune every day was about 300 people, but now it is only about 40 people per day.


“Although the board has boosted advertising activities and co-operation with tourism companies, the situation has not improved,” said Son.


Meanwhile, Hoi An City in Quang Nam Province – considered one of the top destinations in Viet Nam and also a preserved ancient town – regularly attracts 800 visitors a day, according to statistics supplied by the Department of Trade and Commerce in the city.


Besides various tourism services and activities, residents of the city are encouraged to attract visitors with their hospitality.


“Visitors can come and have a look in our stores, even if they don’t buy anything they will receive a friendly and warm attitude from us,” said Nguyen Thu Thuy, owner of a fabric shop in Hoi An City.


Nguyen Van Lanh, head of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Hoi An City, said that the city’s tourism sector was fully aware that fostering tourism is based on human factors.


“Since 1993 the city has waged campaigns to encourage residents, especially those involved in the tourism sector, to develop a civilised attitude as an important skill toward attracting visitors,” said Lanh.


The Duong Lam Village management board has so far failed to encourage local residents to embrace such a scheme.


“We can still make ends meet whether tourism is developed or not,” said Huyen.


In February, the board started selling tickets to visitors to Duong Lam, which, according to Son, was to finance the preservation and restoration of ancient houses in the village. But, owners say, they have yet to receive a cent.


“The management board promised that owners of ancient houses would receive part of the profits, but until now we have received nothing,” said Huyen.


Every day, families in the village who own ancient homes have to prepapre drinks and clean their houses to welcome tourists. But they have not yet been paid.


“In the long term, we residents cannot continue this without being paid. Authorities should consider us if they want to develop tourism in the area,” Huyen said. —