A photo exhibition in Saigon is luring scores of curious art lovers with its giant origami dragon, central to the origin of Vietnamese people.
The paper dragon, six meters long and three meters high, was created by freestyle origami artist Pham Hoang Tuan for an exhibition by photographer Harry Vu.
The red origami dragon at the exhibition. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Hang.
The five main colors of the works are blue, red, yellow, brown and green, representing the five elements of water, fire, metal, earth and wood. A black and white minimalist backdrop represents day and night, yin and yang.
“When I developed the idea and sourced material for the project, I wanted it to be more artistic and poetic than simply a lifeless model made from foam, wood and plastic. I was fortunate to meet Tuan, a talented origami and paper artist,” Vu said.
In addition to the eye-catching yellow dragon, the exhibition also displays a 1.5-meter-high yellow origami crane.
The yellow origami crane displayed at the exhibition. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Hang.
The show is a part of a project called “Ho Hong Bang” that includes 22 photos revolving around the Vietnamese creation myth of Lac Long Quan and Au Co. According to the story, Lac Long Quan, a semi-mythical king of Hong Bang Dynasty (2879-258 BC), married Au Co, a mountain fairy. Au Co bore an egg sac that hatched 100 children known as ancestors to the Vietnamese people.
The photographer, who used an analogue Leica camera, said the photos underwent limited post-processing to express the true essence and beauty of Vietnam’s people and culture.
The exhibition is open for free until Jan. 14 at Hai An Gallery at 2B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1. On the first day, it attracted 1,500 visitors, most of whom were young or families eager to learn about the myth of Lac Long Quan and Au Co.
A visitor at the exhibition. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Hang.
Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
With the spectacular view of the flower field, people living in So Luon Village, Muong Sang Commune, Moc Chau District, Son La Province have a peaceful and picturesque life.
|So Luon Village in Muong Sang Commune (Moc Chau District, Son La Province) is a peaceful place with a picturesque view from above. (Photo: Vietnam+)|
|This is a seemingly endless field of canola. (Photo: Vietnam+)|
|The field of canola is divided into different block with vibrant colours and even more when seen from above. (Photo: Vietnam+)|
|The white and yellow canola flower intertwined, creating beautiful picture. (Photo: Vietnam+)|
|The view is breath-taking for visitors. (Photo: Vietnam+)|
|The seemingly endless flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau. (Photo: Vietnam+)|
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Hanoi’s tourism lost $3.6 billion in 2020 amid Covid-19 crisis
Hanoi received 8.65 million travelers in 2020, just 30 percent of the figure in 2019. Losses were estimated at $3.6 billion.
The city aims to attract 15.34 million domestic travelers in 2021
A report from the Hanoi Tourism Department released on January 20 showed a sharp fall in the number of travelers to the capital city in 2020 because of Covid-19.
The total of 8.65 million travelers included 1.11 million foreign travelers, a 84 percent decrease from 2019, and 7.54 million domestic travelers, a 65 percent decrease.
Hotels in Hanoi suffered heavily from the two Covid-19 outbreaks, especially 3-5-star hotels as there were no foreign guests.
According to the Hanoi Tourism Department, 950 out of 3,587 hotels in Hanoi had to suspend operation. The room occupancy rate of 1-5 star hotels was about 30 percent, a decrease of 38 percent compared with 2019.
Around 1,307 travel firms in Hanoi provide both international and domestic travel services. The sharp fall in number of travelers led to 90 percent of travel firms closing or suspending operations.
Since January 2020, 159 firms providing inbound tours and eight firms providing domestic tours have had their licenses revoked.
Thanks to two domestic demand stimulus campaigns, Hanoi’s tourism prospered in May, June and July. However, because of the second outbreak, there was nearly no activity in late July, August and early September.
Travel activities had to be reactivated later, while travel firms faced financial, market and workforce problems.
Hanoi decided that the tourism sector should focus on developing the domestic market in 2021 and prepare to receive foreign travelers when conditions permit.
Hanoi has considered three scenarios for tourism development in 2021.
The city aims to attract 15.34 million domestic travelers, equal to 70 percent of 2019 and double the figure on 2020. It hopes that tourism service facilities and hotels will reopen with an occupancy rate of over 45 percent.
At present, 18 hotels in Hanoi serve as quarantine sites for specialists and investors returning to Vietnam, and flight crews.
Hanoi’s Vice Mayor Nguyen Manh Quyen has asked the tourism department to deploy new solutions to exploit the great potential of Hanoi.
Hanoi plans to organize many big events and tourism festivals in 2021, including the Tourism Demand Stimulus Festival, Ao Dai Festival, Food Festival and events on the occasion of SEA Games 31.
The festivals are expected to be organized annually.
Hanoi also needs to pay attention to building groups of tourism products to stimulate demand, strengthen links between tourism firms and related businesses, and run tourism promotion programs in key cities and provinces.
HCM City to pedestrianise Turtle Lake area
The authorities in HCM City’s District 3 have planned to pedestrianise the Turtle Lake area which will open from 7 pm to 11 pm during the weekends.
The central area will be Turtle Lake, the event and entertainment venue on Pham Ngoc Thach Street, exhibition venue on Vo Van Tan Street and the food stall section on Tran Cao Van Street.
According to District 3 People’s Committee, travel demand through the Turtle Lake area is not high. When the area is pedestrianised during the weekends, drivers can use other streets like Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Pasteur, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Hai Ba Trung.
The Ministry of Construction is cleaning the Turtle Lake, repairing the flower beds and lighting system. The pavements will be repaired with new granite stone to improve the scenery. District 3 authorities will also place more trees and flowers and seating. The lighting system will be able to change colours and the benches and stalls will be made from environmentally-friendly materials.
District 3 authorities also asked the city authorities to invest in the new pedestrianised area into two phases. In the first phase, they will focus on repairing the lake before Tet and ensure order and safety for the pedestrians during Tet. In the second phase, they will fully renovate the area. The funding will come from the state budget and the private sector.
HCM City has pedestrianised Nguyen Hue and Bui Vien streets. The 670m Nguyen Hue Street was pedestrianised in 2015 and become the first pedestrianised area in Vietnam during the weekends. The 400m Bui Vien Street was pedestrianised two years later. It is often frequented by foreign visitors.
The area around Quang Trung Statue was also recently pedestrianised in District 10. Dtinews
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