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The remote, rustic beauty of Sín Chải Village

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In May and June, the terraced fields in Sín Chải are filled with water as locals begin transplanting rice. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

Thanh Nga

Sín Chải is a beautiful village in Sa Pa Town, Lào Cai Province, that still retains the rustic simplicity of a mountainous village.

The village belongs to Hoàng Liên Commune, located about 4km from the centre of Sa Pa. Although located right next to Cát Cát, a famous community-based cultural tourism village of the town, Sín Chải is still pristine and quiet compared to the neighbouring village.

It lies at the foot of the Hoàng Liên Sơn mountain range, surrounded by vast hills. It has been the home of the Mông ethnic minority for generations.

For Hanoian Ngô Thanh Mai, who loves to visit Sa Pa, Sín Chải is special because of its tranquillity, charming terraced fields and friendliness of locals.

“I always see friendly smiles when I walk into the village. There are many beautiful terraced fields here. I like the peaceful life of the people. This place has not been commercialised like other villages in Sa Pa,” Mai said.

Located next to Cát Cát tourism village, Sín Chải hasn’t changed much since Sa Pa developed into a tourism centre. The road to Sín Chải is still the same, people’s lives are peaceful every day.

The road to Sín Chải Village. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

Like many people in other villages in Sa Pa, Sín Chải villagers mainly live on crop farming and animal husbandry.

Mai visited Sín Chải in the season when the terraced fields were submerged in water. The water is taken from the streams, so it is very clear, reflecting the sunlight and making a large area shimmering and sparkling beautifully.

September and October is the time when Sín Chải enters the rice harvest season. Local farmers only plant one crop a year.

The village is home to about 1,600 ethnic Mông people, so when coming here, Mai feels the Mông culture which has a significant impact on life, architecture as well as many other factors in the village.

Sín Chải villagers are very friendly. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

Along the way to the village are small, low houses that are covered with pơ mu wood, pieces of linen drying in front of the porch and farm tools that have not yet been stored. And that journey brings a feeling of peace to the lives of villagers here.

In addition to growing rice and maize, locals also grow thảo quả (a plant used in traditional medicine and as a spice) on the mountain slopes. The good harvest of thảo quả also brings people a significant source of income.

The life of the Mông is simple. They grow rice and thảo quả, and at the end of these seasons, they only go to the forest to collect firewood and raise buffaloes and horses.

Mông women sew all year round. They often have their own flax growing fields to get yarn to weave clothes for their family and to make beautiful dresses on their wedding day for themselves. The handicrafts of the Mông in Sín Chải are never sold outside.

When visiting the village, you should not miss delicious specialities such as maize cakes, smoked buffalo meat and home-brew Sán Lùng wine.

Buffalo meat hung over wood fires is a speciality in Sín Chải. Photo hanhtrinhdulich.vn

Currently, trekking is a type of tourism that is very popular with tourists when visiting Sín Chải Village. You can walk while admiring the poetic beauty of the scenery on both sides of the road while learning about the customs, lifestyle and cuisine of the people here.

If you want to learn more clearly about the life of the Mông people, you can have a homestay in the village with the price of about VNĐ50,000 per person per night.

You can choose the form of sightseeing that best suits you such as buying a tour from a travel company or renting a motorbike to experience the village for VNĐ120,000-150,000 a day.

To trek to Sín Chải, you must have strength and endurance. You should also not forget to bring drinks and a little snack because there will be almost no shops along the way. You should also wear clothes that are easy to move in and soft sports shoes for the mountainous terrain here.

Without noise and bustle, Sín Chải is now really the soul of the northwest mountains, where everything is still as simple and intact as in the past. VNS

Tourists visit Sín Chải Village. Photo sapavietnam.vn

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/the-remote-rustic-beauty-of-sin-chai-village_334177.html

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Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos

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To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design contest and a tourism photo competition.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 1Thang Long Imperial Citadel (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and
contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism
industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design
contest and a tourism photo competition.

The two contests aim to select photos and products that meet
the artistic criteria, show a typical, rich and diverse culture, tourism
resources, tourist attractions, historical sites, festivals, traditional craft
villages, and the culinary culture of Hanoi for dissemination and promotion of
the capital city’s tourism to both domestic and international tourists.

Entries should show the difference and diversity in
materials and colours, and be friendly to the environment, safe to human
health, and not deformed or changed by the climate and weather. The
organising board prioritizes products that use available materials, are local
traditional crafts and convenient for mass production, and have high
applicability and reasonable prices.

All professional and amateur photographers, artisans,
painters, designers, organisations, enterprises and individuals can participate
in the contest held from June 1 to July 31.

The organising board will present awards and display works
from September to October.

All individuals and organisations can find out detailed
information about the contests’ rules on the website of the Department of
Tourism (http://sodulich.hanoi.gov.vn) and on the mass media. Entries can be
sent to the Hanoi Department of Tourism’s headquarter at 11B Cat Linh street,
Dong Da district.

The capital city is making every effort to revive its
tourism after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 8.61 million tourists, including some 211,300
foreigners, visited the city between January and June, nearly tripling the
figure in the same period last year.

The city’s total tourism revenue in the first half of 2022
amounted to approximately 25.2 trillion VND (1.08 billion USD), more than three
times the figure in the first six months of 2021.

Local hotels rated 1-5 stars recorded an average occupation
rate of over 30% during the period, up 6.11% year-on-year.

The capital city, home to 24 recognised tourist
destinations, is offering a series of enticing products to attract tourists
given its reopening of the local tourism industry. These include night tours at
Hoa Lo Prison and Thang Long ancient citadel; a northern mountainous wet market
programme at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay
township; and the Hanoi City Tour by double-decker buses. 

In addition, Hanoi has also launched many tourism
exhibitions, trade fairs, and festivals.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 2Tourism gifts (Photo: VNA)

It is striving to welcome and serve 9-10 million visitors
in 2022, including 1.2-2 million international visitors. Total revenue from
tourists is expected to reach 27-35 trillion VND.

By 2023, the city is planning to welcome and serve 12-14
million visitors, including 2.5-3.5 million foreign visitors, earning a
total revenue from 42 to 55 trillion VND.

It eyes to welcome over 30 million visitors, including 7
million foreigners, by 2025, according to the municipal Party Committee’ draft
conclusion on tourism development for 2016-2020 and following years. The
visitors are expected to spend more than 130 trillion VND while in the capital.

To that end, Hanoi plans to expand new tourism products
based on the potential of each area, in a bid to gradually resume all tourism activities
this year in an important step to develop the tourism sector sustainably after
the pandemic.

Culinary and heritage tourism as well as MICE, a type of
tourism combining meeting, incentives, conferences and events will be promoted
in inner districts while spiritual and agro-tourism will be developed in
suburban areas.

Such types of tourism including resort and health tourism;
community and spiritual tourism will be prioritised in rural areas of the city.

The municipal People’s Committee has designed seven main
tasks and solutions to develop tourism in adaptation to the new normal, with an
emphasis on ensuring safety for both destinations and visitors.

The city will strive to devise unique tourism products to
meet visitors’ demand, and improve quality of tourism products and destinations
linked with heritage sites, relics and craft villages.

Seminars will be organised to train local residents at
destinations in knowledge and skills relating to serving tourists. Training
classes on community-based tourism will also be held in some districts at the
same time.

Hotels and resorts in inner and suburban areas are
encouraged to implement promotion programmes as well as services tailored to
satisfy tourists’ demand for short vacations./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hanoi-to-impress-visitors-through-beautiful-gifts-tourism-photos/232197.vnp

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Vietnam’s cultural heritage space to run in Hoi An

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An exhibition of Vietnam’s cultural heritage space will open in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam, from July 8 to 13.

Vietnam’s cultural heritage space to run in Hoi An hinh anh 1Trang An landscape complex in Ninh Binh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – An exhibition of Vietnam’s cultural
heritage space will open in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam,
from July 8 to 13.

A total of 160 photos on display will introduce UNESCO-recognised
heritages, national special relic sites and intangible heritages in Vietnam
such as the Dien Bien Phu battlefield in Dien Bien, Hung Temple in Phu Tho,
water puppetry, and Binh Dinh martial arts.

Green tourist destinations and a trend of environmentally
friendly tourism will also be featured.

In another part of the exhibition, visitors will be treated to images of and items from traditional craft villages across the country.

Every day during the course of the event, an exchange programme
spotlighting folk art and culture is scheduled.

As an activity to welcome the Visit Vietnam Year 2022 hosted
by Quang Nam under the theme of green tourism, the exhibition will go online
from July 12 at http://trienlamvhnt.vn./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnams-cultural-heritage-space-to-run-in-hoi-an/232175.vnp

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Exploring Bat Trang pottery museum in Hanoi

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The pottery museum in Bat Trang ancient pottery village forms part of the Centre for the Quintessence of the Vietnamese Craft Village and is about 15km from the heart of Hanoi. The museum houses myriad cultural and historical values from the village.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/exploring-bat-trang-pottery-museum-in-hanoi/232129.vnp

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