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Over 4,000, including foreigners, to participate in marathon marking 200th birthday of Vietnamese poet

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More than 4,000 people, including foreigners, are expected to participate in a marathon in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta this weekend to mark the 200th birthday of Vietnamese poet and UNESCO World Cultural Celebrity Nguyen Dinh Chieu.

About 4,150 people, including 28 foreigners, have signed up for the 2022 Ben Tre Marathon, scheduled to take place in the namesake province on June 25 and 26, Nguyen Van Ban, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism said at a press meeting on Monday.

This is a sports – culture event organized by the Ben Tre People’s Committee to celebrate the 200th birthday of Vietnamese poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu and his UNESCO recognition as a World Cultural Celebrity, Ban continued.

The 42-kilometer marathon will start at the tomb and memorial area of Nguyen Dinh Chieu in Ba Tri District and finish in Ben Tre City, the provincial capital.

Aside from the marathon, local authorities will also organize an exhibition, an international conference, and a ceremony to celebrate Nguyen Dinh Chieu’s birthday.

Nguyen Dinh Chieu was born on July 1, 1822 in the former southern province of Gia Dinh, the location of modern Ho Chi Minh City.

He was a patriotic teacher, physician, and poet of southern Vietnam in the second half of the 19th century, the Vietnam News Agency stated.

Chieu contracted an eye infection and was soon blind at the age of 24 and later opened a small school to teach poor students.

He was a popular medical practitioner who offered treatment to local people.

The poet moved to Ben Tre in 1862 and continued teaching, writing, and making medicine until his passing in 1888.

His Luc Van Tien, written in the 1850s, is one of the two most celebrated Vietnamese epic poems, along with Nguyen Du’s Truyen Kieu in the early 19th century.  

Nguyen Dinh Chieu was recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Celebrity in November 2021.

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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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