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Hanoi to focus on fuelling domestic tourism in 2021

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The Hanoi Department of Tourism has decided to concentrate resources on promoting the domestic tourism market this year and will prepare to welcome international arrivals when conditions allow.

Hanoi to focus on fuelling domestic tourism in 2021 hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi – The Hanoi Department of Tourism has decided to concentrate
resources on promoting the domestic tourism market this year and will prepare to
welcome international arrivals when conditions allow.

The goal
was unveiled at a conference held by the Department of Tourism on January 20 to deploy tasks for
2021.

According
to the department’s Director Dang Huong Giang, it has compiled three growth scenarios
for the sector. One projects an early recovery that allows Hanoi to welcome
15.34 million domestic visitors, double the figure in 2020. An early recovery would mean
the normal operation of services and accommodation facilities, with average occupancy
exceeding 45 percent.     

The sector
has also set out an overall target of catering to between 13.16 and 19.4
million tourists, including 10.96-15.34 million domestic visitors.

Products
to be launched to stimulate domestic tourism will cover key destinations in the
capital such as the Thang Long Ancient Citadel, Hoa Lo Prison, Duong Lam
ancient village, and Van Mieu (the Temple of Literature) and Quoc Tu Giam (Vietnam’s
first university).

The
development of culinary, nightlife, and extreme sports tours are also a focus.

Meanwhile,
a series of promotional events are scheduled to take place before, during, and
after the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) hosted by Vietnam later this
year. The event will take place from November 21 to December 2 in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring
cities and provinces, including Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ha
Nam, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, and Bac Giang./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hanoi-to-focus-on-fuelling-domestic-tourism-in-2021/195109.vnp

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Old apartment buildings in Hanoi: a witness of history and culture

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The old yellow-painting apartment buildings in Hanoi, apart from their own charms and characteristics, has also contributed to the development of the city.

Apart from Turtle Tower, Hoan Kiem Lake, or One Pillar Pagoda – the eternal symbols of Hanoi, old yellow-painted apartment buildings with caged balconies characterize the post-war Hanoi. They are a part to the landscape of the capital both yesterday and today.

The old apartment building inside Hanoi University in Thanh Xuan district., Hanoi. Photo: Dinh Quyen.  

Built in the 1960s-1980s in the four central districts of Hanoi, old apartment buildings, usually with five storeys, remarked the first stage of the construction of the new socialist country, becoming not only a witness of history and architecture of a period but also a symbol of neighborhood and community culture and life.

As those buildings were firstly given to state cadres, residents here were not only neighbors but also co-workers and even friends.

Many generations have lived in those buildings and everyone knows each other as well as each other’s family members. In addition, as they share several parts in the building such as the gate, the balcony, the hall, the playground, the garden, among others, their relationship is close.

The Kim Lien old apartment building in Dong Da district., Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Anh Tuan.

To many people born during the 1960-1980s, these buildings reminisce their childhood. It was where they chased and played games with other kids next door along the hall and the playground every day. When they grew up, the narrow stair could be a romantic dating place at night.

To women, it was unforgettable days washing dishes and clothes under the public tap with others, drying them on the balcony, or preparing a big pot to together cook banh chung (traditional rice cake) in the public space in front of the building on the occasion of Tet (Lunar New Year Festival).

There they were both doing their work, talking about their day, work, children, price at local markets, or sharing a new cooking recipe or the experience of making iron caged-balcony in the back of the apartment to expand the small space or breeding pigs at home as almost everyone did at that time. 

Old apartment buildings are a special part in the life of many people. Photo: Dinh Quyen

Meanwhile, the garden was the favorite place of the elders where they looked after their vegetables and bonsai or had some tea in the afternoon with neighbors.

Particular, the notice board was an important part of their life. Every time when it informed some news, activities and parties in the holidays and festival seasons, all the residents were eager to talk about it and participate in it. In the age without internet and high-end technology, it was the “delicious spiritual food” for them.

Moreover, it also helped tighten the relationship among family members and neighbors. It is very different today in new modern buildings where neighbors do not usually know much about and even barelymeet.

A bodyguard of Thanh Xuan old building apartment. Photo: Dinh Quyen

Old apartment buildings are a special part in the life of many people, including writers, poets and painters who have brought them into their works with a lot of memories, feelings and love. 

These buildings and the residents together passed through the tough time of the war, the post-war penury as well as a lot of changes from the period of economic subsidy to the renovation and the development today.

In the current rapid urbanization of Hanoi, there are plenty of new resident areas providing better living conditions so that many people have moved in and out from these old apartment buildings.

Photo: Dinh Quyen

The residents and the neighbors of the same place, however, behave differently among themselves now and the new rhythm of modern life also changes the relationships among them.

Nonetheless, some typical lifestyle of the place still remains. If you visit one of them in areas such as Giang Vo, Thanh Cong, Nguyen Cong Tru, Kim Lien, Trung Tu, Van Chuong, Thuy Loi, among others you can catch some kids sliding on old stairs, lines of clothes hanging on the balcony, plant and flower pots appearing behind bars of iron cages or elders playing chess in the public ground, to explore another part of Hanoi which is full of interesting surprises hidden in its small and modest appearance.

Hanoitimes

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/old-apartment-buildings-in-hanoi-a-witness-of-history-and-culture-716393.html

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CNN selects ten Vietnamese destinations in 2021

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Cable news network CNN listed top 10 marvelous destinations in Vietnam in 2021. 

The list include Thu Bon River (section flowing through Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province), Son Doong Cave (Quang Binh Province), Sa Pa (Lao Cai Province), Can Tho, Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa Province), Phu Quoc island (Kien Giang Province), Son Tra natural reserve site (Da Nang City), Hoi An (Quang Nam Province), Dong Van Karst Plateau (Ha Giang Province), and Cao Dai Temple (Tay Ninh Province).

The winners were honored for beautiful landscapes and deeply cultural traditions for visitors to enjoy. In addition, COVID-19 prevention measures are strictly observed in these sites.

Vietnam’s pho bo (beef noodle soup) ranked second among the world’s 20 best soups compiled by news channel CNN. CNN in 2018 included pho in a list of the 50 tastiest dishes on earth after polling its Facebook readers.

Earlier, a 30-second video titled “Why not Vietnam” was broadcast on news broadcaster Cable News Network (CNN) starting from last October to advertise Vietnamese tourism worldwide. The video is set to be shown on CNN until mid-November in an effort to attract a greater number of tourists to the country following the second wave of the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  VGP

CNN selects ten Vietnamese destinations in 2021

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/cnn-selects-ten-vietnamese-destinations-in-2021-717503.html

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Kien Giang looking to turn eco-tourism into key service sector

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The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is planning to develop eco-tourism in the U Minh Thuong National Park into an important service sector through making the most appropriate use of the forest’s potential.

Kien Giang looking to turn eco-tourism into key service sector hinh anh 1Hoa Mai lake – a must-go destination in U Minh Thuong National Park (Photo: VNA)

Kien Giang – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is planning to develop eco-tourism in the U Minh Thuong National Park into an important service sector through making the most appropriate use of the forest’s potential.

Local authorities have been exerting every effort to improve the quality of and diversify tourism activities in the park.

Nguyen Hoang Chia, Director of the eco-tourism and environment education centre at the park, said a series of measures have been adopted to improve the quality of eco-tourism, environmental education, and scientific study tours to the park.

One of the two most important peatland areas in Vietnam, U Minh Thuong National Park boasts unique and rare features that are hard to find elsewhere in the country or the world.

Located about 65km southwest of the provincial capital city of Rach Gia, it forms part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve.

Founded in 2002, the park is surrounded by a 60km-long embankment and covers 21,122 ha in U Minh Thuong district, including 8,053 ha in the core zone and 13,069 ha in the buffer zone.

The park is in the core area of the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, which was designated as part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO in 2006. Among forest ecosystems on acid sulphate soil in the Mekong Delta, only U Minh Thuong has the characteristics of a purely primeval forest.

A survey in 1995 revealed that it boasts more than 8,000 ha of primeval forest, about 3,000 ha of which dates back some 6,000 years ago.

The park is also one of the two most important peatland areas in Vietnam, with the other being U Minh Ha in the neighbouring province of Ca Mau.

The local cajuput forest ecosystem on peatland holds special importance, as it nurtures hundreds of wild animals, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and many aquatic species.

Kien Giang looking to turn eco-tourism into key service sector hinh anh 2U Minh Thuong National Park (Photo: VNA)

Thirty-two mammal species have been found in the park, including 10 species listed in Vietnam’s Red Book on Endangered Species and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, such as the hairy-nosed otter, fishing cat, Asian palm civet, Finlayson’s squirrel, and Sunda pangolin. It is also the habitat of 188 bird species, including eight threatened globally, such as the spot-billed pelican, greater adjutant, black-headed Ibis, sociable weaver, grey-headed fish eagle, and black eagle; 54 reptile and amphibian species, including eight in Vietnam’s Red Book, such as the reticulated python, banded krait, and king cobra; together with 34 fish species.

Moreover, it has the richest biodiversity in terms of plants in the Mekong Delta, harbouring more than 254 species.

Seventy-two rare animal and plant species listed in Vietnam’s Red Book (2007) and the IUCN Red List (2012) have been spotted in U Minh Thuong National Park.

Given the park’s natural beauty and rich biodiversity and its function as a national standard sample of an alum-flooded Melaleuca forest ecosystem, the park has favourable conditions for developing eco-tourism services in connection with scientific study tours.

The eco-tourism and environment education centre at the park has also combined environment education activities with tours visiting local communities, offering opportunities for tourists to join the daily activities of local people, thus understanding more about the locality’s cultural identities and customs.

Tours to the park contribute to raising awareness about environmental protection, conserving cultural and historical relic sites, and promoting cultural exchanges.

Its tourism products are expected to help exploit the biodiversity, forest landscapes, and environment found at U Minh Thuong National Park and its buffer zone, towards implementing the tourism development strategy and forestry development planning of Kien Giang province.

The park’s eco-tourism and environment education centre welcomed over 43,200 visitors last year, representing 61.17 percent of the plan./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/kien-giang-looking-to-turn-ecotourism-into-key-service-sector/197076.vnp

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