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Saigonese flock to spring flower areas, pagodas on Tet holiday

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Numerous people in Ho Chi Minh City have visited various recreational venues, including flower streets and pagodas, during their ongoing celebration of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. 

Amid beautiful sunny weather on Sunday, many families in Ho Chi Minh went to the Nguyen Hue Flower Street as well as numerous public parks and recreational centers to enjoy the first day of their seven-day Tet vacation that began last Friday.

Hieu, a man from Binh Thanh District, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that his family got up as early as 6:00 am Sunday to pay visits to relatives and then came to the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in the city’s downtown District 1.

This image shows four members of the family of Ly Nguyen, a woman in Ho Chi Minh City, posing for a photo at the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023 – the first day of the Lunar New Year.  Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong
This image shows four members of the family of Ly Nguyen, a woman in Ho Chi Minh City, posing for a photo at the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023 – the first day of the Lunar New Year. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Hieu said his family would later visit a pagoda to experience moments of peace of mind and make some prayers on the first day of the lunar new year.

“Traveling on city streets and visiting some pagodas on Tet holiday is our family’s annual tradition,” Hieu said.

The man added that this year’s Tet celebration would be of great significance to his daughter as she will go abroad for studies in the coming time.

“Such Tet moments would contribute to reminding our children of their homeland when they are living far away from home,” Hieu said.

A woman and her daughter are seen posing for a photo at the Ho Chi Minh City Spring Flower Festival at Tao Dan Park in District 1 on January 22, 2023. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong
A woman and her daughter are seen posing for a photo at the Ho Chi Minh City Spring Flower Festival at Tao Dan Park in District 1 on January 22, 2023. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Ly Nguyen, another local resident, said she and other female members of her family liked to wear ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume) when going out and posing for photos during every Tet.  

By noon, despite the weather becoming a bit hotter, waves of visitors kept flocked to the flower street for sightseeing and photographing.     

Meanwhile, the city’s Spring Flower Festival at Tao Dan Park, also in District 1, also attracted a quite large number of visitors after opening a week ago.

This image shows people offering incense at Lady Thien Hau Pagoda in Binh Duong Province’s Thu Dau Mot City, which borders Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Cong Thanh / Tien Phong
This image shows people offering incense at Lady Thien Hau Pagoda in Binh Duong Province’s Thu Dau Mot City, which borders Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Cong Thanh / Tien Phong

A great deal of people also gathered in the area in front of the Ben Thanh Market, which had been decorated with landscapes and colorful lights, for photographing.

Meanwhile, visiting pagodas on Tet is also a cultural feature of Vietnamese people, particularly on the first day of the lunar new year.

Many people went to major pagodas in the city, such as Hue Nghiem (in Thu Duc City), Vinh Nghiem (District 3) and Gia Lam (Go Vap District), among others.

A family is seen looking at orchids at a spring flower area in Ho Chi Minh City on  January 22, 2023.  Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong
A family is seen looking at orchids at a spring flower area in Ho Chi Minh City on January 22, 2023. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

At the crowded Hue Nghiem Pagoda, a man identified himself as Thong told Tien Phong that he and his family visited the pagoda to pray for health and peace.

This Tet has seen the pagoda recover all of its activities after a long time of restrictions due to the COVID-19 impacts, Thong said.

Locals also visited Lady Thien Hau Pagoda in the neighboring Binh Duong Province.

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Numerous people in Ho Chi Minh City have visited various recreational venues, including flower streets and pagodas, during their ongoing celebration of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. 

Amid beautiful sunny weather on Sunday, many families in Ho Chi Minh went to the Nguyen Hue Flower Street as well as numerous public parks and recreational centers to enjoy the first day of their seven-day Tet vacation that began last Friday.

Hieu, a man from Binh Thanh District, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that his family got up as early as 6:00 am Sunday to pay visits to relatives and then came to the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in the city’s downtown District 1.

This image shows four members of the family of Ly Nguyen, a woman in Ho Chi Minh City, posing for a photo at the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023 – the first day of the Lunar New Year.  Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong
This image shows four members of the family of Ly Nguyen, a woman in Ho Chi Minh City, posing for a photo at the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023 – the first day of the Lunar New Year. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Hieu said his family would later visit a pagoda to experience moments of peace of mind and make some prayers on the first day of the lunar new year.

“Traveling on city streets and visiting some pagodas on Tet holiday is our family’s annual tradition,” Hieu said.

The man added that this year’s Tet celebration would be of great significance to his daughter as she will go abroad for studies in the coming time.

“Such Tet moments would contribute to reminding our children of their homeland when they are living far away from home,” Hieu said.

A woman and her daughter are seen posing for a photo at the Ho Chi Minh City Spring Flower Festival at Tao Dan Park in District 1 on January 22, 2023. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong
A woman and her daughter are seen posing for a photo at the Ho Chi Minh City Spring Flower Festival at Tao Dan Park in District 1 on January 22, 2023. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Ly Nguyen, another local resident, said she and other female members of her family liked to wear ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume) when going out and posing for photos during every Tet.  

By noon, despite the weather becoming a bit hotter, waves of visitors kept flocked to the flower street for sightseeing and photographing.     

Meanwhile, the city’s Spring Flower Festival at Tao Dan Park, also in District 1, also attracted a quite large number of visitors after opening a week ago.

This image shows people offering incense at Lady Thien Hau Pagoda in Binh Duong Province’s Thu Dau Mot City, which borders Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Cong Thanh / Tien Phong
This image shows people offering incense at Lady Thien Hau Pagoda in Binh Duong Province’s Thu Dau Mot City, which borders Ho Chi Minh City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Cong Thanh / Tien Phong

A great deal of people also gathered in the area in front of the Ben Thanh Market, which had been decorated with landscapes and colorful lights, for photographing.

Meanwhile, visiting pagodas on Tet is also a cultural feature of Vietnamese people, particularly on the first day of the lunar new year.

Many people went to major pagodas in the city, such as Hue Nghiem (in Thu Duc City), Vinh Nghiem (District 3) and Gia Lam (Go Vap District), among others.

A family is seen looking at orchids at a spring flower area in Ho Chi Minh City on  January 22, 2023.  Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong
A family is seen looking at orchids at a spring flower area in Ho Chi Minh City on January 22, 2023. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

At the crowded Hue Nghiem Pagoda, a man identified himself as Thong told Tien Phong that he and his family visited the pagoda to pray for health and peace.

This Tet has seen the pagoda recover all of its activities after a long time of restrictions due to the COVID-19 impacts, Thong said.

Locals also visited Lady Thien Hau Pagoda in the neighboring Binh Duong Province.

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3 hospitalized after allegedly eating lethal horseshoe crab in south-central Vietnam

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Ho Chi Minh City mull over leasing part of roadways, sidewalks

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230205/ho-chi-minh-city-mull-over-leasing-part-of-roadways-sidewalks/71337.html

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Vietnam’s Mu Cang Chai rice terraces, Ha Long Bay among world’s most brilliant places: Condé Nast Traveler

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

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