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O Quan Chuong relic site restored

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

O Quan Chuong relic site restored

QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:43 (GMT+7)

PANO – An inauguration ceremony for the restored O Quan Chuong Relic Site was held on January 4th, 2011, at O Quan Chuong in Hanoi, with the presence of Mr. Michael Michalak, the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, and Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, Deputy-head of the Hanoi City People’s Committee.

O Quan Chuong, Hanoi’s last remaining ancient city gate and a landmark of Hanoi, was built in 1749 during the Le Dynasty, and ruined by the ravages of time.

With a US $74,500 grant from Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation from the U.S. Department of State, Vietnamese restoration experts have worked for several months to repair damaged sections and to strengthen the gate’s foundation.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Michalak expressed his happiness at the success of the first stage of the restoration of O Quan Chuong.

He also hoped that O Quan Chuong, the symbol of the resilience of the people of Hanoi, would be a symbol for the friendship between Vietnam and the U.S.A.

While looking around the restored O Quan Chuong, the U.S. Ambassador joyfully repeated the word “Great” many times.

On behalf of the Hanoi City People’s Committee, Ms. Hang expressed gratitude to the U.S. Embassy for its support for the restoration of the ancient city gate. She stressed that “This will be a symbol of the cooperation, respect and relationship between people of Vietnam and the U.S.A.”.

On this occasion, she asked relevant agencies to work with each other to carry out solutions to preserve and promote values of the O Quan Chuong relic site, in order to attract more and more domestic and international tourists to O Quan Chuong and the Capital of Hanoi.

Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Cellist Ngo Hoang Quan to perform in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

Vietnamese leading cellist Ngo Hoang Quan along with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra will perform a symphony concert titled ‘A night of Drovak’ under the baton of Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna at the Hanoi Opera House on December 16 and 17.

                       Cellist Ngo Hoang Quan

Music lovers will have a chance to hear compositions by Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák.

Cellist Ngo Hoang Quan was born in 1956 into a musical family in Hanoi. He was introduced to the art of Violoncello at a very young age by his father, Professor Hoang Duong, the meritorious teacher of the Hanoi Conservatory of Music, formerly known as the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

After graduating with honors from the Hanoi Conservatory of Music in 1974, he went on to study at the Tchaikovsky Institute of Music in Moscow in 1976.

Since 1982 he has been the director and Cello soloist of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra with numerous brilliant performances to his credit around the world.

Tickets to the present show are available at Hanoi Opera House for VND150 000 (USD$7.5), 250 000, 350 000 and 450 000.

Source: SGGP

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

Tourists enjoy Quan Lan Beach’s pristine beauty

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Tourists enjoy Quan Lan Beach’s pristine beauty

QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

The pristine beauty of Quan Lan Beach has yet to be spoiled and is a mecca for tourists. The deep blue waters, strong waves and white sandy beaches span over several kilometres. Wild, green pines flank the beach, which adds charm to the pristine location.

The beach is on Quan Lan in Bai Tu Long Bay, which is 55km away from Ha Long City.

Stilted guest houses hide under the lush foliage of casuarinas. A brick-paved road leads tourists from their bungalows to QuanLanBeach.

Among the network of inhabited islands, the beautiful isle of Quan Lan still remains largely unexplored. The undeveloped island and its gorgeous white sand beaches have been tagged by major investments that are aiming to expand its shaky tourist infrastructure.

The sand on QuanLanBeach is stranger than the sand on other beaches. It’s white, tiny, pure and smooth. The transparent water allows you to gaze at the bottom of the sea where you can watch fish swim around colourful coral.

Visitors can stay in bungalows on the beach or with locals in a quiet village. In the future, tourists are bound to discover the gorgeous shores of this island paradise, and its unsullied beaches are likely not to stay isolated for too much longer.

Since the 11th century, Quan Lan had been a centre along the commercial route. In the 12th century, Quan Lan was the first trading port of Vietnam built under the Ly dynasty.

In 1149, King Ly Anh Tong took this place to set up Van Dontown and Van Don trading port in order to speed up commercial relationships between Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. Relics of former trading port have been discovered with traces of ancient architecture and grazed terracotta of metres thick to prove that this place used to be a crowded urban.

During the fifth and sixth lunar months, the area annually celebrates religious ceremonies to remember the area’s former king, and residents also hold boat rowing festivals.

In 1288, the beach was also the site of the well-known defeat of invading Mongol troops, who were destroyed by General Tran Khanh Du’s army. Tourists in Quan Lan can visit a temple dedicated to the General, where they can learn about the history of the region and the achievements of the commander. The temple’s roof is hidden under pine canopies. Approximately 100 steps lead to the temple’s entrance that is halfway up a mountain.

Because Quan Lan is a strategically important seaport, the French built a lighthouse on its shores in the 19th century in order to protect the beach and to signal to passing merchant ships.

For tourists resting on the beach in evening, the illuminations from the lighthouse look like a twinkling star.

The dearth of post-midnight electricity makes night life a wee bit difficult to sustain in this town. During the evening hours, locals and a few tourists stroll along the village’s main street, where sugarcane juice vendors and a few cafes stay open. The only sounds that dare to disturb the island are the melodic vibrations of karaoke bursting from living rooms and local cafes.

Sa sung (kind of sea worm) is a speciality of the region. It’s used in cooking soup, which helps provide a wonderful taste and adds nutritional sustenance to dishes. Fishing for sa sung with the locals is a popular activity for tourists.

“While men in the village go fishing in the sea, we catch sa sung and sell them to tourists and businesses on the main land as our secondary job,” says a local woman.

There are no five-star hotels at QuanLanBeach, but tourists are able to enjoy a pristine atmosphere that has yet to be overdeveloped.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Quan ho folklore singing festival 2010 to be held in April

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 12:07 am

Quan ho folklore singing festival 2010 to be held in April

QĐND – Thursday, March 25, 2010, 21:16 (GMT+7)

The northern Bac Ninh provincial People’s Committee has decided to organize the Quan ho folklore singing festival 2010, April 17th to 18th , to welcome the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Thang Long – Hanoi and Quan ho Bac Ninh folklore singing’s recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

Offering incense at the Do temple, a ceremony to receive the certificate of quan ho Bac Ninh folklore singing’s recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, sport activities, Quan ho folk singing performances, and water puppetry performances will be held during the event.

In addition, there will be a tourism and trade fair, an exhibition on the provincial socio-economic achievements, a contest on Quan ho folklore singing, a showcase of products from traditional villages, and folklore games.

The festival will contribute to the preservation and promotion of values of Quan ho Bac Ninh folklore singing and will be an opportunity to promote the economic potential, culture and people of the province.

Source: CPV

Source: QDND