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Free night admission to Hue citadel for visitors during Hue Festival 2022

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The People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue Province announced on Monday that visitors to the Imperial City located within the citadel of Hue in the namesake city, located in central Vietnam, will be entitled to free admission during evening visits at the upcoming Hue Festival 2022.

The Hue Festival 2022 is slated to take place from June 26 to 30 with eight major programs and many sideline events, the provincial People’s Committee said at a press conference on Monday.

During the press briefing, its organizers announced the adjustments to the opening hours of the Imperial City, which took effect on the same day.

The venue will be open to visitors from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm during the festive week, except June 28 to 30, when the opening hours will be extended to 9:00 pm.

Visitors can take a tour of the Imperial City — from the Meridian Gate (also known as the South Gate or Ngo Mon in Vietnamese, which is the main entrance to the ancient city) to The Mieu (the ancestral temple to Vietnam’s emperors), the yard of Thai Hoa Palace, the halls called Ta Vu and Huu Vu (left and right halls) leading to the New Year’s banquet hall, Thieu Phuong Royal Garden, the Home Affairs Department complex, and Hien Nhon Gate — for free from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm during those three days.

A similar night tour was piloted in 2017, but unfavorable weather conditions and lower-than-expected visitor numbers led to its suspension.

Beside the free admission, the special art programs organized at the Hue Festival 2022 will be free of charge, according to provincial deputy chairman Nguyen Thanh Binh, except the opening show at the Ngo Mon Square.

An art show takes place in the citadel of Hue in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam is pictured at night. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

An art show takes place in the citadel of Hue in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

The festival is expected to gather nearly 400 performers of 15 domestic troupes and international art troupes from seven countries, as well as attract about 200,000 tourists, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

It will also include a street carnival and a musical program featuring famous songs by late composer Trinh Cong Son.

Other activities will be organized before, during, and after the festival, including a food fair, a hot air balloon fiesta, the Vietnam Summer Fair 2022, and a SUP (Standup Paddle Boarding) competition.

Those events will take place in various locations along the province’s iconic Huong (Perfume) River.

The Hue Imperial Citadel, one of the major architectural relics from the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last monarchy, in Hue, was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. 

Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam for over 100 years, is home to five UNESCO heritage sites, including the ancient citadel relic complex (a World Cultural Heritage Site), Hue royal court music (an intangible cultural heritage item), Nguyen Dynasty’s wood blocks (a documentary heritage item), Nguyen Dynasty’s royal administrative documents (part of the Asia-Pacific Register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program), and literature on Hue royal architecture (another documentary heritage), according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

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Vietnam’s youth union to plant 20mn trees in 2023

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The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the largest organization of young people in Vietnam, will plant 20 million trees this year, said first secretary of the Central Committee of the union Bui Quang Huy.

The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union on Saturday cooperated with the Party Committee and the People’s Committee of Hoa Binh Province in northern Vietnam to launch the Tet tree planting movement.

At the launching ceremony, Huy informed that young people nationwide would plant 1.9 million trees on the day. In Hoa Binh alone, young people planted 30,000 trees.

This is the first step to realize the target of planting 100 million trees in 2022 – 27, heading toward the prime minister’s plan to cultivate 100 million trees.

Huy also asked each young person to plant, take care of, and protect at least a tree in their workplaces, schools, and residences.

He required the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union at all levels to come up with solutions to apply technology and digital transformation to counting and managing trees.

Speaking at the ceremony, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Do Van Chien said the 13th Party Central Committee required effectively adapting to climate change; preventing, controlling, and easing the impact of natural disasters and diseases; managing, exploiting, and using natural resources in an appropriate, economical, efficient, and sustainable manner; considering the protection of the living environment and public health as the top priority; scrapping projects causing environmental pollution; protecting biodiversity and ecosystems; and developing a green and circular economy.

He highly evaluated the role of young people in achieving these targets.

The annual Tet tree planting movement has become more practical and effective, Chien added.

A young girl in Hoa Binh Province plants trees in response to the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

A young girl in Hoa Binh Province plants trees in response to the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

First secretary of the Central Committee of the union Bui Quang Huy speaks at the launching ceremony of the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

First secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Bui Quang Huy speaks at the launching ceremony of the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

In Hoa Binh Province, young people and members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union plant 30,000 trees. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

In Hoa Binh Province, young people and members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union planted 30,000 trees. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

This land lot in Cao Phong District, Hoa Binh Province will be covered with green soon. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

This land lot in Cao Phong District, Hoa Binh Province will be covered with greenery soon. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Within the framework of the Tet tree planting movement, the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union awarded over VND11.7 billion (US$498,641) to Hoa Binh Province to alleviate poverty, install lighting systems, and build houses, playgroundsm, and toilets for children.

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The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the largest organization of young people in Vietnam, will plant 20 million trees this year, said first secretary of the Central Committee of the union Bui Quang Huy.

The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union on Saturday cooperated with the Party Committee and the People’s Committee of Hoa Binh Province in northern Vietnam to launch the Tet tree planting movement.

At the launching ceremony, Huy informed that young people nationwide would plant 1.9 million trees on the day. In Hoa Binh alone, young people planted 30,000 trees.

This is the first step to realize the target of planting 100 million trees in 2022 – 27, heading toward the prime minister’s plan to cultivate 100 million trees.

Huy also asked each young person to plant, take care of, and protect at least a tree in their workplaces, schools, and residences.

He required the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union at all levels to come up with solutions to apply technology and digital transformation to counting and managing trees.

Speaking at the ceremony, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Do Van Chien said the 13th Party Central Committee required effectively adapting to climate change; preventing, controlling, and easing the impact of natural disasters and diseases; managing, exploiting, and using natural resources in an appropriate, economical, efficient, and sustainable manner; considering the protection of the living environment and public health as the top priority; scrapping projects causing environmental pollution; protecting biodiversity and ecosystems; and developing a green and circular economy.

He highly evaluated the role of young people in achieving these targets.

The annual Tet tree planting movement has become more practical and effective, Chien added.

A young girl in Hoa Binh Province plants trees in response to the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

A young girl in Hoa Binh Province plants trees in response to the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

First secretary of the Central Committee of the union Bui Quang Huy speaks at the launching ceremony of the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

First secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Bui Quang Huy speaks at the launching ceremony of the Tet tree planting movement. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

In Hoa Binh Province, young people and members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union plant 30,000 trees. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

In Hoa Binh Province, young people and members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union planted 30,000 trees. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

This land lot in Cao Phong District, Hoa Binh Province will be covered with green soon. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

This land lot in Cao Phong District, Hoa Binh Province will be covered with greenery soon. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Within the framework of the Tet tree planting movement, the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union awarded over VND11.7 billion (US$498,641) to Hoa Binh Province to alleviate poverty, install lighting systems, and build houses, playgroundsm, and toilets for children.

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Two Vietnamese-American actors nominated for Oscar 2023

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The 2023 Oscar nomination list has honored two Vietnamese-born actors, Quan Ke Huy and Hong Chau, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday evening (local time).  

Quan Ke Huy, also known as Jonathan Ke Quan, 52, won the Best Supporting Actor nomination for a movie in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ which has so far gained 11 Oscar nominations, marking a milestone for the representation of Asia in the world’s film industry.

The movie is a 2022 American absurdist comedy-drama film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

In the film, Quan Ke Huy successfully plays Waymond Wang, the gentle and quirky husband of the female lead Evelyn Quan played by Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, a Malaysian actress.

Born in a Chinese-Vietnamese family in 1971 in Saigon, the old name of Ho Chi Minh City, Huy and his relatives left Vietnam for the U.S. to settle down there when he was seven.

Huy has been known for appearing in the second episode of the Indiana Jones series – one of the very famous movie franchises in the 1980s in Hollywood.

On January 11, Huy won the gold trophy at the 80th Golden Globe Awards in California (the U.S.) also as the best supporting actor, surpassing even American actor Brad Pitt.

Meanwhile, the nomination for the Best Supporting Actress went to Hong Chau, a 43-year-old Vietnamese-American actress, for her role in the film ‘The Whale.’

Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy
Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy

Chau grew up in New Orleans, the U.S., and studied film & television at Boston University before pursuing an acting career.

The actress started her artistic career in 2006 and participated in various works such as Driveways, American Woman, Watchmen, and Homecoming, among others.

Her performance in the movie ‘The Whale’ with Brendan Fraser, an American-Canadian actor, received positive feedback from experts and audiences. 

The movie is a 2022 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Samuel D. Hunter, based on his 2012 play of the same name.

She left a strong impression in the audience when she transforms into a nurse, also a friend trying to save the life of her obese friend, played by Brendan Fraser, or at least keep his life stable.

In 2017, Hong Chau was expected by many to be nominated for the Golden Globe Award for her supporting role in the well-known movie ‘Downsizing,’ but she suddenly was not named at the last minute.

As making up for her, Chau was honored by Variety magazine in the list of 10 Actresses to Watch in the same year.

The 95th Oscar award ceremony will take place in Hollywood, Los Angeles, the U.S., on March 12.

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The 2023 Oscar nomination list has honored two Vietnamese-born actors, Quan Ke Huy and Hong Chau, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday evening (local time).  

Quan Ke Huy, also known as Jonathan Ke Quan, 52, won the Best Supporting Actor nomination for a movie in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ which has so far gained 11 Oscar nominations, marking a milestone for the representation of Asia in the world’s film industry.

The movie is a 2022 American absurdist comedy-drama film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

In the film, Quan Ke Huy successfully plays Waymond Wang, the gentle and quirky husband of the female lead Evelyn Quan played by Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, a Malaysian actress.

Born in a Chinese-Vietnamese family in 1971 in Saigon, the old name of Ho Chi Minh City, Huy and his relatives left Vietnam for the U.S. to settle down there when he was seven.

Huy has been known for appearing in the second episode of the Indiana Jones series – one of the very famous movie franchises in the 1980s in Hollywood.

On January 11, Huy won the gold trophy at the 80th Golden Globe Awards in California (the U.S.) also as the best supporting actor, surpassing even American actor Brad Pitt.

Meanwhile, the nomination for the Best Supporting Actress went to Hong Chau, a 43-year-old Vietnamese-American actress, for her role in the film ‘The Whale.’

Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy
Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy

Chau grew up in New Orleans, the U.S., and studied film & television at Boston University before pursuing an acting career.

The actress started her artistic career in 2006 and participated in various works such as Driveways, American Woman, Watchmen, and Homecoming, among others.

Her performance in the movie ‘The Whale’ with Brendan Fraser, an American-Canadian actor, received positive feedback from experts and audiences. 

The movie is a 2022 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Samuel D. Hunter, based on his 2012 play of the same name.

She left a strong impression in the audience when she transforms into a nurse, also a friend trying to save the life of her obese friend, played by Brendan Fraser, or at least keep his life stable.

In 2017, Hong Chau was expected by many to be nominated for the Golden Globe Award for her supporting role in the well-known movie ‘Downsizing,’ but she suddenly was not named at the last minute.

As making up for her, Chau was honored by Variety magazine in the list of 10 Actresses to Watch in the same year.

The 95th Oscar award ceremony will take place in Hollywood, Los Angeles, the U.S., on March 12.

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Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa welcomes 431,800 visitors during Tet holiday

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Vietnam’s south-central Khanh Hoa Province, home to the popular Nha Trang beach city, welcomed about 431,800 visitors from January 21 to 24, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

Among them, 151,800 visitors, including 11,300 international and 140,500 domestic visitors, stayed at local accommodation establishments, up 231.76 percent year on year.

The occupancy rate of accommodation facilities is about 77.45 percent.

From January 21 to 24, an average of 35 domestic flights and 15 international flights arrived at Cam Ranh International Airports in Khanh Hoa Province.

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Aside from international tourists from South Korea, Russia, and Kazakhstan, Khanh Hoa welcomed visitors from China on charters flights operated by Vietjet Air.

About 15 trains also arrived in the province on a daily basis during this period.

Due to the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 accommodation establishments with over 6,000 rooms, mostly small-scale, temporarily shut down during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday.

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

On Tuesday, the third day of the 2023 lunar year, about 3,900 tourists, 85 percent of whom were international visitors, came to the Nha Trang tourist wharf for trips to islands within Nha Trang Bay, said Tran Van Phu, head of the tourist wharf management unit.

Visitors mainly went on tours to visit Mun Islet, Tam Islet, and Coral Bay, Phu elaborated.

According to Tran Minh Duc, deputy director of Long Phu Tourism JSC, tours to islands in Nha Trang could not reach the full potential due to the rainy and cold weather on the first days of the Lunar New Year.

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Vietnam’s south-central Khanh Hoa Province, home to the popular Nha Trang beach city, welcomed about 431,800 visitors from January 21 to 24, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

Among them, 151,800 visitors, including 11,300 international and 140,500 domestic visitors, stayed at local accommodation establishments, up 231.76 percent year on year.

The occupancy rate of accommodation facilities is about 77.45 percent.

From January 21 to 24, an average of 35 domestic flights and 15 international flights arrived at Cam Ranh International Airports in Khanh Hoa Province.

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Aside from international tourists from South Korea, Russia, and Kazakhstan, Khanh Hoa welcomed visitors from China on charters flights operated by Vietjet Air.

About 15 trains also arrived in the province on a daily basis during this period.

Due to the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 accommodation establishments with over 6,000 rooms, mostly small-scale, temporarily shut down during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday.

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

On Tuesday, the third day of the 2023 lunar year, about 3,900 tourists, 85 percent of whom were international visitors, came to the Nha Trang tourist wharf for trips to islands within Nha Trang Bay, said Tran Van Phu, head of the tourist wharf management unit.

Visitors mainly went on tours to visit Mun Islet, Tam Islet, and Coral Bay, Phu elaborated.

According to Tran Minh Duc, deputy director of Long Phu Tourism JSC, tours to islands in Nha Trang could not reach the full potential due to the rainy and cold weather on the first days of the Lunar New Year.

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