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Ly Son – A worth-visiting island in central region

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Located off the coast of Quang Ngai central province, Ly Son is where the cultures of Champa, Sa Huynh and Dai Viet meet. The island has four national cultural relics and 14 provincial cultural relics. It also has various intangible cultural heritages, including ‘Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa’, recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage.

Ly Son – A worth-visiting island in central region hinh anh 1Panoramic view of Ly Son (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Located off the coast of Quang Ngai central province, Ly Son is where the cultures of Champa, Sa Huynh and Dai Viet meet. The island has four national cultural relics and 14 provincial cultural relics. It also has various intangible cultural heritages, including ‘Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa’, recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage.

The island is a geopark with geography formed by ten volcanoes from the prehistoric age. It is also home to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Flotilla which protected Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes four centuries ago.

Every square meter on Ly Son island is imbued with the culture of its ancestors who protected the sea hundreds of years ago.

According to royal decrees and family annals kept on Ly Son island by the Vo, Nguyen and Ly families, the Hoang Sa Flotilla was set up in the early 17th century by the Nguyen Lords in the south. According to official historical records, the Hoang Sa Flotilla was established before 1631 under the reign of Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen (whose reign lasted from 1613 to 1635). The fleet was tasked to mine marine resources, survey sea routes, plant milestones and erect steles affirming the national territory on Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

From 1631 to the early 19th century, in the third lunar month every year, thousands of Ly Son islanders sailed to Hoang Sa and Truong Sa to carry out their missions under the order of the Nguyen Lords. Their missions were full of danger and many of them never returned. Therefore, a feast, called ‘Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa’, was held before the soldiers left for their mission and was the beginning of the tradition.

Ly Son – A worth-visiting island in central region hinh anh 2e khao le the linh Hoang Sa is held by the Vo, Pham and Ly families on Ly Son island (Photo: VNA)

‘Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa’ held in the second lunar month every year, has gradually become a tradition of Ly Son people to honor the brave soldiers who risked their lives to protect the sea and islands of the fatherland.

Ly Son island covers an area of less than 10 sq.km, but it has nearly 100 relics, most of which are related to the Hoang Sa Flotilla. They include Am Linh temple, the empty graves built for those Hoang Sa soldiers who never returned, the communal houses of An Vinh and An Hai Villages, the chambers worshipping Pham Quang Anh and Vo Van Khiet who were captains of the Hoang Sa Flotilla.

The geography and terrain of Ly Son were shaped after volcanic eruptions about 10,000 years ago, according to Dr. Pham Thi Ninh of the Vietnam Archaeology Association.

The geological tectonics created original landscapes on Ly Son which are rare anywhere else in the world. Among the beautiful sites are Cau cave, To Vo Arch, and Gieng Tien and Thoi Loi craters, which have high scientific and tourist value.

In 2015, Quang Ngai province established Ly Son-Sa Huynh geopark to conserve the rich biodiversity and geological, cultural and historical values of the island. The park covers Ly Son island and adjacent coastal areas in Binh Chau and Binh Hai communes, Binh Son district, with Ly Son as the core.

Quang Ngai province’s authorities in late 2019 submitted dossiers to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), asking for its recognition of Ly Son as a UNESCO geopark./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ly-son-a-worthvisiting-island-in-central-region/236984.vnp

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2.95 million international tourists have visited Việt Nam so far this year

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International visitors enjoy kite skateboarding in Mũi Né in the south-central province of Bình Thuận. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Nearly 597,000 foreigners visited Việt Nam in November, an increase of 23.2 per cent month-on-month and 39.7 times the number of last November.

Việt Nam’s tourism reopening began in earnest with the resumption of international flights in the middle of March this year.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), in the first 11 months of this year, more than 2.95 million international visitors arrived in Việt Nam

The total figure is 21.1 times higher than that of the same period last year, but down 81.9 per cent on 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and still falls short of the 2022 target of five million foreign arrivals.

The number of international tourists travelling to Việt Nam by air accounts for 88.9 per cent; 11.1 per cent came by road, and 0.03 per cent by sea.

Foreign tourists visiting downtown HCM City on xích lô (cyclos). VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Đạt

The majority of tourists, 2.076 million, came from other Asian countries, up 17.5 times compared to the first 11 months of last year. European visitors numbered 415,600 (up 29.8 times); 323,400 came from the Americas (up 67.1 times); 129,700 from Oceania (up 115.7 times), and 9,500 from Africa (up 7.4 times).

The country is estimated to have taken VNĐ536.3 trillion (US$21.6 billion) from accommodation and catering services, up 56.5 per cent year-on-year, while revenue in the travel and tourism industry was estimated at VNĐ22.9 trillion, a 4.1-fold increase compared to that of the same period last year.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism launched an email system, the first of its kind, to promote Vietnamese tourism at https://mail.vietnam.travel.

Tourism authorities earlier this year set out a target of welcoming five million foreign visitors in 2022.

In 2019, Việt Nam’s tourism industry served more than 18 million international visitors and 85 million domestic tourists. However, in 2021, international visitors to Việt Nam only reached 157,300, and the number of domestic tourists was only 40 million. The country’s revenue from tourism last year was VNĐ180 trillion. Travel firms fell into a serious crisis as 90-95 per cent faced severe operational disruption. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/295-million-international-tourists-have-visited-viet-nam-so-far-this-year_339649.html

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Buckwheat Flower Festival becomes tourist icon of Ha Giang

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The Buckwheat Flower Festival has returned for an eighth time in Dong Van district in the northernmost province of Ha Giang, and has become a magnet for tourists from far and wide.

The eighth holding of the Buckwheat Flower Festival is now underway in Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, attracting a large number of both local and foreign visitors.

In preparation for the festival, the locality has grown hundreds of hectares of buckwheat flowers, which are expected to bloom between mid-October and late December.

Visitors can take in a floral road along Đong Van ancient street as well as various folk games of local ethnic minorities, sporting events, and traditional cuisine.

Buckwheat flowers on the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark have become a tourist icon of Ha Giang. Not just used as a traditional food by ethnic minority people, the flowers also bring a poetic beauty to the area, and are a unique feature of the mountainous highlands./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/buckwheat-flower-festival-becomes-tourist-icon-of-ha-giang/244809.vnp

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Rich street food culture celebrated in Coca-Cola campaign

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HCM CITY – Coca-Cola has rolled out its first-ever global meals experience campaign with Việt Nam being the first country in ASEAN & South Pacific to kick-off “COKE® is Cooking”.

The campaign aims to celebrate the rich street food culture and enhance people’s dining experience in many countries across the world.

Locally promoted as ‘Vietnam is Cooking’, the new meals experience leverages on the different passions of consumers, which include music, food, and entertainment, to connect and engage with them on a deeper level. Coca-Cola hosted two food festivals both online and offline – starting with HCM City followed by Hà Nội last October

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Photo Coca-Cola Vietnam

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Việtnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Through the support of our partner foodies and content creators, we were not only able to showcase the best of Vietnamese street food but demonstrated that the real magic is in the co-shared experience of the festivities,” said Nguyễn Lan Yến, Marketing Manager of Coca-Cola Vietnam. 

The company has partnered with Shopee Food and around 700 selected restaurant and retail partners. The beverage brand aspires to reach a total of over 29 million Internet users and around 60,000 people to participate in the Coca-Cola ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ festivities prepared online and in-person activations nationwide. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/rich-street-food-culture-celebrated-in-coca-cola-campaign_339675.html

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