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The 4000m2 villa of the Lang Son governor

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The mansion of Lang Son Province’s former Governor Vi Van Dinh covers more than 4,000 square meters, but now only ruins remain.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

The Vi family originated in the central province Nghe An. For their merit in the war against the Ming invaders, the family was bestowed with land and assigned to guard the frontier in Lang Son Province. They married with the Tay people and gave birth to the Vi family in Lang Son.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

Mr. Vi Van Dinh (1878-1975) was the 13th generation since his ancestors settled down in Lang Son. He replaced his father to guard a large area of the northern border area. In 1928, the Nguyen dynasty appointed him as the Governor of Thai Binh Province. After that, he became the Governor of Ha Dong Province and then retired in 1942.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

Later he joined the revolutionary forces and became a member of the Lien Viet Association. A photo of the family of Governor Vi Van Dinh in Chiem Hoa, Tuyen Quang in 1948. The person holding a baton is Mr. Vi Van Dinh. After the war of resistance against the French, he lived in Hanoi and became a member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

According to Mr. Vi Van Dai, born 1944, grandson of Governor Vi Van Dinh, the Vi family set up Chu hamlet in Khuat Xa commune, Loc Binh district, Lang Son Province. In the early 20th century, his grandfather started the construction of a manson of 4,000 square meters.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

A corner of the newly built mansion.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

Only 3 gates of the mansion remain today. After Governor Vi Van Dinh left Lang Son to join the revolutionary forces, his mansion was not taken care of. In 1979, it was leveled during the battle to protect the northern border.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

In the past, this mansion had a long road with 2 rows of trees and 3 large arc-shaped ponds.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

Mr. Hoang Van Bao who looks after the memorial house of the Vi family takes VietNamNet reporters to visit the remnants of the palace.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

The remains.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn
Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn
Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn
Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

The Vi family memorial house was inaugurated in 2017 on a small area of the old mansion.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

The tree planted by Governor Vi Van Dinh.
 

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

Bo Lai ancient well built by Governor Vi Van Dinh in 1910.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

42 steps to the well made of pebbles.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

Stair handrails made of concrete.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

The number that marks the year of construction of the well – 1910.

Biệt phủ 4000 m2 của vị Tổng đốc giàu có một thời ở Lạng Sơn

Mr. Ba Huy Huan Head of Ban Chu B village, Khuat Xa commune, Loc Binh said the local authorities will try to preserve this relic.

Dieu Binh – Ngoc Trang

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/the-4000m2-villa-of-the-lang-son-governor-680346.html

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Encounter tranquility in northern Vietnam’s Lam Thuong Valley

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In Lam Thuong Valley of Yen Bai Province, visitors can experience Tay ethnic stilt house living or trek to mountain peaks and caves.

Lam Thuong boasts necessities for a tranquil travel experience, with a combination of natural beauties, from lush natural forests, hilltops to waterfalls, and cultural attractions, from picturesque rice fields to Tay ethnic villages.

Rice fields in Lam Thuong in summer.

Rice fields in Lam Thuong in summer.

A commune of Luc Yen District, 250 km from Hanoi, Lam Thuong is located between two famous tourist attractions Sa Pa and Ha Giang.

Primarily populated by the Tay ethnicity, Lam Thuong’s stilt houses bear an iconic architectural style, with wooden walls, thick palm-foliage roofs and many windows. Many houses date back over 50 years.

Inside each stilt house, there is a shared space, where the whole family dines and rests each evening. As the sun rises, locals store their bedding on an upper storey, turning the shared space into a spacious living room to host incoming guests, with wide open windows on all sides.

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Encounter tranquility in northern Vietnam’s Lam Thuong Valley

Về Lâm Thượng mùa thu

The Tay primarily subsist on agriculture, and animal rearing. Each family has a nearby plot of land preserved for rice cultivation, and a pond for fish and duck breeding. Some families also raise chickens, pigs and rabbits, and grow dragon fruit to diversify their means of income.

Surrounded by mountainous forests, Lam Thuong Valley is usually covered with low layers of clouds at sunrise. In the early hours, locals ignite their stoves for breakfast, before heading out to the farm. These daily routines envelope each stilt house in a haze of chimney smoke, creating a mesmerizing morning scene.

Visitors to Lam Thuong Valley are peacefully woken up by the rooster’s morning call. Sufficiently fed, tourists could embark on typical morning walk or bike ride along the paddy fields of Tong Pang, Tong Pinh Cai, and Tham Pat villages.

An aerial view of Lam Thuong, situated 80 km from Yen Bai Town, capital of the eponymous province.

An aerial view of Lam Thuong, 80 km from Yen Bai Town, capital of the eponymous province.

Though not as frequently visited as many other attractions in Yen Bai, Lam Thuong Valley distinguishes itself with its tranquility. From Lam Thuong’s center, tourists could journey for only few kilometers to local waterfalls, mountain caves, or hilltops.

Regardless of seasons, local hosts usually recommend tourists spend a full day trekking to Khuoi Luong Stream near Nam Chan Waterfall. Here, visitors could dive into the cool stream, or picnic by the bank surrounded by natural forests.

Tourists could join the group of ethnic youngsters to Keo Village or Na Ken Waterfall for some swimming, or trek to Khai Trung and Tham Duong caves, or Lung Trang and Khau Chau peaks.

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A stream with lush canopies in Lam Thuong.

Visitors to Lam Thuong are also in for an organic treat. Meals here, all prepared using organic ingredients sourced from local farms, include purple sticky rice, goby fish, jungle bamboo sprouts, stream moss and grilled chicken.

A meal in the valley costs only VND80,000 – 150,000 ($3.4-$6.5) a person, which can be ordered in advance. Trekkers could also buy raw ingredients from the village to cook en route.

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A meal offers local specialties to tourists in Lam Thuong.

Situated off the beaten track, tourists have few options when it comes to lodging, with Xoi Farmstay in Tong Pang Village at Lam Thuong’s center a choice.

The stilt-house lodge features the cheerful sounds from a nearby kindergarten, the peaceful scenery of surrounding paddy fields, a tranquil pond and a gentle stream at the back.

Lodge owner Hoang Thi Xoi, a Tay tourism graduate, gained many years of experience as a tour guide before returning to open the homestay in her family house. She hopes to turn Lam Thuong Valley into a beloved travel destination for those seeking tranquility, and to further promote Tay ethnic culture.

Prices per night range from VND150,000 per person. Tourists could further opt for a private room, costing VND700,000 per night, which includes complimentary breakfasts and vehicle rental.

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Xoi Farmstay is one of very few lodging options in Lam Thuong.

To reach Lam Thuong Valley, visitors could take a coach from Hanoi’s My Dinh or Gia Lam bus stations to Yen Bai Province’s Luc Yen station for VND180,000 – VND200,000, before grabbing a taxi to Tong Pang Village. It is recommended to spend at least two nights in Lam Thuong, as traveling time takes up at least 12 hours each way.

Recommended itinerary:

Day 1: Ha Noi – Lam Thuong – Trekking to Nam Chan Waterfall.

Day 2: Hiking, picnic lunch on Lung Trang Peak or trekking to Khai Trung Cave and Na Ken Waterfall.

Day 3: Visiting Kheo Village – Cycling around the villages – Returning to Hanoi.

Photos and Video by Huong Chi

and Xoi Farmstay

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/encounter-tranquility-in-northern-vietnam-s-lam-thuong-valley-4182125.html

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Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”

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Vinh Long has long been known as the most famous and largest brick production province in the Mekong River Delta region; indeed, the local people called it “red kingdom”.

Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
Viewed from above, the brick and tile villages in Vinh Long Province look like ancient castles.

Thousands of Along, kilns producing baked clay bricks, are gathered along the rivers and canals in Vinh Long Province. Due to many ups and downs, the trade of bricks and tile production in the locality have fallen into oblivion.

Facing the risk of the brick kiln being destroyed, Vinh Long provincial authorities have developed a project entitled “Mang Thit Contemporary Heritage”. The project affirms that the baked brick village area from Vinh Long City to the territory of Long Ho and Mang Thit districts is a valuable open-air treasure that needs to be preserved because its history has been developing for over 100 years, creating a unique architectural heritage and traditional craft.

The Nhon Phu and My Phuoc communes of Mang Thit District are home to the most brick production facilities in the locality. With talented hands, local craftsmen produce useful products for people from rudimentary soil.

Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”

The kilns viewed from the Thay Cai Canal.

Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
Stages of making red brick products in Vinh Long.
Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
Vinh Long bricks are popular and favoured because their raw material is the local red clay.
Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
In order to preserve the traditional trade and meet market requirements, the locals have bravely applied advanced new technology and techniques from the mechanical engineering industry into the production of baked bricks, aiming to reduce labour costs, emissions into the environment and production costs somewhat.
Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
These unique kilns should be preserved as contemporary heritages.
Awakening the potential of “Vinh Long Red Kingdom”
Tourists are eager to experience the traditional handicraft in Vinh Long.

Nhan Dan

Ba Dung – Thanh Long

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/awakening-the-potential-of-vinh-long-red-kingdom-683783.html

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Beautiful sites on the outskirts of Da Lat

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Exploring the suburbs of Da Lat, you can follow many different itineraries. Each ride takes you through beautiful destinations and offers valuable experiences.

Mimosa Pass

Located on the main road leading to Da Lat city, Mimosa Pass is only about 10km long. With the wild beauty of Mimosa flowers, this pass can surprise any visitor.

Some outstanding check-in points:

– Que Garden: Vietnam’s largest coniferous bonsai garden, called a “miniature Japan” in the city of flowers.

– Thien Vuong Co Sat Pagoda: Located at the end of Mimosa Pass, the pagoda has a Chinese style. The temple is the home to three Buddha statues made of agarwood.

– Fairy Persimmon Garden: Persimmon is a specialty of Da Lat city. The fruit begins ripening in September – November. If you want to visit persimmon gardens at the foot of Mimosa Pass, you can travel to Da Lat during this time.

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Ngocanhhtruong, Anhetrang.

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Photo: Cherry_chu_917, Airi_48.

Prenn Pass

Prenn Pass is one of the most beautiful and impressive passes in Da Lat. The pass is only 10km long with spectacular bends, flanked by deep abysses and hundreds of years old pine forests.

Some outstanding check-in points:

– Tuyen Lam Lake: The symbolic lake of Da Lat is a great destination for you to experience the sunrise and sunset.

– Truc Lam Zen Monastery: With the charming scenery, peaceful space, Truc Lam Zen Monastery is in the top 10 tourist destinations that cannot be missed when coming to Da Lat.

– Da Lat cable car tourist site: Located on Robin Hill, Da Lat cable car attracts tourists with a swinging journey to explore the beauty of the city from a high angle.

– Infinity Lake: Located inside the clay tunnel tourist site, Infinity Lake is a check-in site that has attracted visitors since its early days of opening.

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Photo: Hoaithuong.112, Hatrangngo.

Ta Nung Pass Road

Ta Nung pass is also known as the silk road or the da quy (Mexican sunflower) road, which does not have too many high slopes or deep abysses. Ta Nung road attracts visitors with wild scenery on both sides of the road and rustic villages.

Some outstanding check-in points:

– Dadaland: This destination is a place that gives you the feeling of standing in the middle of Bali paradise, with peaceful space and many small scenes such as net beds, swings, bird’s nest, Buddha’s hand …

– Thuy Thuan Da Lat tourist area: Located on a hill, below is a valley with a stream, this resort has a wide view, with beautiful scenery.

– Puppy Farm: The puppy farm is an interesting destination for pet lovers.

– Lac Tien Gioi: Built in a futuristic style, this destination offers visitors great photo angles.

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Photo: My.linh14, _sherry07_.

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Photo: Hotrenmay, Tien_ngo91.

Trai Mat, Cau Dat road

There are many beautiful places for you to have a day to experience the flower city along this road.

Some outstanding check-in points:

– Cau Dat: This place is a famous scene for pictures of clouds.

– Hydrangea garden: Hydrangeas are one of the most iconic flowers of Dalat. Coming to this flower garden, you can take amazing photos amid beautiful flowers.

– Ve Chai Pagoda: Linh Phuoc Pagoda or Ve Chai Pagoda has a unique architecture with construction materials and decorative details made of pieces of porcelain and glass.

– Cau Dat Tea Hill: A familiar destination for young people who love Da Lat, with a beautiful space for pictures, along with fresh air.

– Railroad tunnel: This tunnel is a relic from ancient times, hidden in the mountains of Da Lat. The old, ghostly look of the railway tunnel makes this place an ideal destination for young people.

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Photo: Dungxinhhhh, Hongro12345.

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Photo: Zing

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/beautiful-sites-on-the-outskirts-of-da-lat-681657.html

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