A picture of children playing with old motorcycle tires has won an international photo competition about people having a good time.
Speaking about his photo taken at a dune in Mui Ne Town of the central province of Binh Thuan, Tran Tuan Viet, the winner of the #Fun2020 photo competition organized by Agora, a platform for global photographers, says: “The children here are poor, they are not familiar with modern electronic devices like children in the city. They work hard but are always happy, and get joy even from simple games.” He plans to donate the $1,000 prize money to support the Covid-19 fight in Vietnam. Photo by Agora/trantuanviet.
The list of 50 finalists featured several photos taken in Vietnam. The above photo, “Hello Vietnam”, was taken by Andy Lam, who says the time you enjoy having fun is not wasted time.The global community of photographers in Agora were asked what fun means to them, and they shot the most cheerful photographs they could to remind people about happiness. Photo by Agora/andylam.
“Dream Football” in which children play football on a harvested field in the southern Tay Ninh Province. Photo by Agora/tuan1368.
This shot of children in traditional clothes during the Lunar New Year holidays in the northern Moc Chau Province was also among the 50 finalists. Photo by Agora/nguyenvuphuoc
Children in the central province of Ninh Thuan fly a kite is what was one of the best photos entered in the contest. Photo by Agora/phamhuytrung.
Tuan Ngoc says about his photo of a man in Buon Ma Thuot Town in the Central Highlands: “Though he is more than 90 years old, he is still in great shape. I pictured him just before he went to get water from a nearby river.” Photo by Agora/tuanngocphoto.
The Central Highlands’ Gong Festival, celebrated at the end of November every year to promote the region’s gong culture, a UNESCO-recognized heritage. Photo by Agora/phamchiconghp.
Decorations set up to welcome 13th National Party Congress
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội has been decorated with national flags, flowers, banners and posters to mark the 13th National Party Congress.
One of the most important events in the country, the 13th National Party Congress will take place from January 25 to February 2.
According to vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chử Xuân Dũng, decorations and preparations for the event are complete in all districts, major locations, streets, and at the headquarters of centrally-run and Hà Nội agencies.
National flags are also seen flying on buildings and houses in the city from January 15 to February 14.
The city has also completed the lighting decoration on 11 roads and installed architectural lights to decorate the overpass on Ring Road 3.
Before, during, and after the congress, thousands of officers and soldiers will be deployed to ensure security and safety. The city has assigned the Department of Information and Communications to receive the registration of domestic and international media reporters at the 13th Congress Press Centre.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Health has prepared conditions for medical assurance and COVID-19 pandemic prevention by measuring the body temperature of delegates and preparing first aid duty and mobile emergency teams.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Culture and Sports plans to hold 85 music shows to celebrate the 13th National Party Congress, the 91st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (February 3), and approaching Tết (Lunar New Year holiday).
A special music show is scheduled for February 2 at Mỹ Đình National Stadium to celebrate the congress, which is expected to be attended by 15,000 people.
Decorations have been set up nationwide to celebrate the important political event.
The 13th National Party Congress will take place at the National Convention Centre in Hà Nội from January 25 to February 2, with the attendance of 1,587 delegates.
Learn how to love the environment at Trạm Xanh
HCM CITY — Trạm Xanh (Green Station) located on a small alley on Nguyễn Thái Bình Street in HCM City’s District 1 is a special green space that aims to inspire love for the environment.
At Trạm Xanh, launched by a group of young women, visitors have a chance to practice a green lifestyle with many items made of environmentally friendly materials.
The Green Station aims to promote a stable lifestyle by using ‘green’ products that do less damage to the environment.
Many visitors are impressed by the venue, which displays recycled products like handbags made of old jeans, blankets made of pieces of cloth, bamboo brushes, bamboo straws, bags made of lotus leaves, and more.
Visitors can also taste herbal teas made of natural ingredients and learn about natural detergents made from orange and pineapple peels.
Every month, Trạm Xanh organises film screenings about plastic waste, ecological agriculture, plants and the earth to provide visitors with more knowledge about the environment and promote a devotion to nature. —
Zipline tour in Yên Bái is must-do for adventurers
HCM CITY — Việt Nam’s longest zipline tour is a great way to see the beautiful mountains and rice fields of Văn Chấn and Mù Cang Chải districts in Yên Bái Province.
Aeris Hill amusement park in Tú Lệ Commune in Văn Chấn District recently launched the zipline tour service, stretching 1.2 kilometres. It offers a panoramic view popular with photographers and trekkers for its bucolic, majestic beauty.
A station at each end of the line alerts staff to ensure users land safely. The trip takes one to two minutes.
The second part of the zipline, stretching over 200 metres, requires the addition of a parachute on the customer’s back to slow them down.
Aeris Hill is open every day except Wednesday from 8.30am to 6pm. Tickets start at VNĐ200,000 (US$8.7) per person, which includes a zipline tour and other activities like zorbing, high rope games, and rock climbing. –
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