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ASEAN food fest opens in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

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The 2022 ASEAN Food Festival is currently taking place on Le Loi Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, featuring tasty dishes of well-known restaurants from other ASEAN countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

The festival, slated to be held from November 24 to 27 on the section of Le Loi Street from Pasteur Street to Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, is the first public event on the street after seven years as the street was earlier blocked for the construction of an underground station of the city’s first metro line.

The street was reopened to traffic at the end of August this year after the last construction barriers were removed.

On behalf of the organizer of the 2022 ASEAN Food Festival, Ho Xuan Lam, vice-president of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations, said on Tuesday that during the event, dishes of ASEAN countries are to be introduced to visitors.

At an ideal venue, the festival is expected to welcome a large number of visitors to participate in cultural, artistic, and culinary activities. 

Consulates general of ASEAN countries in Ho Chi Minh City have introduced businesses specializing in both restaurant-style and home cooking to take part in the event.

Therefore, Ho Chi Minh City residents and tourists have a chance to enjoy delicious dishes from these countries at reasonable prices.

In addition, the festival features artistic performances and cultural exchange activities, such as an ASEAN art performance night, programs to introduce the tea, wine, and coffee arts of different countries, street art gigs, and bartending performances.

According to Lam, the fest is aimed at strengthening the partnership and cooperation between Vietnam and other countries, especially those in the ASEAN bloc, and welcoming the fourth congress of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations in the 2022-27 tenure.

The event is part of a series of activities to celebrate the 55th anniversary of ASEAN (1967-2022).

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Hanoians flock to Red River dyke for photos with white reeds

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The embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi has turned poetic recently when the reed flowers bloomed all at once, attracting many people to come and take pictures.

Located near Co Linh Street, just on the opposite side of Gia Lam Heliport, the dyke slope is easy to recognize as the white reed flowers, which are about knee high, stand out on a green background of grass and stretch across a large space.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

The scenery is poetic, idyllic like in the countryside and quickly emerges as an Instagrammable spot.

On weekends and even weekdays, the place is crowded as people flock to take pictures.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I saw many friends taking pictures at this beautiful reed field on Facebook, so I wanted to stop by to take some, too,” said Mai Anh, a girl who traveled for ten kilometers from Cau Giay District to the dyke on Monday afternoon.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I was quite surprised because today is the first day of the week, but the place is so crowded.”

The best time to take pictures with reeds is early morning and late afternoon, according to the visitors.

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

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Hanoi rose village ready for first flower festival

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Me Linh is the biggest rose hub in Hanoi and is now busy preparing for a flower festival next month.

Themed ‘Me Linh with Flowers’ Brilliance,’ the Me Linh Flower Festival is poised to take place as the first of its kind in Me Linh District, some 27 kilometers from Hanoi’s downtown area, from December 9 to 11.

Me Linh District now has 1,294 hectares of flower fields, including 1,152 hectares of roses.

Me Linh flower village is famous for growing various breeds of flowers, which started more than 20 years ago, and is offering fresh flowers for Hanoi and other northern localities.

In preparation for the upcoming flower festival, growers placed more than 1,000 pots of roses, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers along the entrance to the temple worshiping the two Trung sisters (14 AD – 43 AD), who are considered the first heroines of Vietnamese people.

Many kinds of flowers are blooming in preparation for the festival.

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Bougainvillea are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Bougainvillea are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Chrysanthemums are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Chrysanthemums are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tam works in her rose field at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tam works in her rose field at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

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Over 100 cats compete at Hanoi beauty pageant

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More than 100 cats competed at the Vietnam cat championship organized by the Vietnam Animal Welfare Association in Hanoi on Sunday.

This was the first event to bring together the most beautiful cats of various sizes and breeds raised in Vietnam, with one of them valued at nearly VND400 million (US$16,129), according to the organizer.

The prizes of the contest totaled over VND100 million ($4,032).

The participating cats were evaluated based on their facial expressions, coat color, ears and mouth, and health, according to Nguyen Xuan Son, president of the World Cat Federation Vietnam by Vietnam Cat Association.

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Eventually, a British shorthair tomcat was announced the winner.

“I was very surprised when my cat received the first prize,” said Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, the owner of the winner.

The cat also won the Grand Champion competition held overseas by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, according to Ngoc, while his daughter received the most beautiful kitten award of another show last week.

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The three most beautiful cats receive their prizes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The three most beautiful cats receive their prizes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

An overview of the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

An overview of the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Bich Ngoc (L)’s British shorthair tomcat wins the award for the most beautiful cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Bich Ngoc (L)’s British shorthair tomcat wins the award for the most beautiful cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A Sphynx cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A Sphynx cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The judges evaluate a cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The judges evaluate a cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

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