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Tourists rush to Fansipan to see snow

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Snow has covered Mount Fansipan in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, attracting many visitors.

Up to 60cm of snow has appeared on Mount Fansipan since Monday morning. 

Sapa rarely sees such thick snow.

The strong wind has blown the snow from China to Vietnam. It was blocked by Hoang Lien Son Mountain and has fallen into Mount Fansipan.

Many travellers are interested in snow.

Fansipan is Indochina’s highest mountain and is nicknamed the Roof of Indochina. It is around 9 kilometres from Sapa Town. It is among the few places in Vietnam to see snow in winter.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/tourists-rush-to-fansipan-to-see-snow-712202.html

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Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept

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Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter area, Ma May Street is unique as it is home to many of the city’s oldest houses.

The house at No.87 Ma May Street (Hoan Kiem District) is one of 14 ancient houses in Hanoi built in the late 19th century that still retains its original features and becomes a familiar address for those who want to learn about the daily life of Hanoians in the old time.

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
The 87 Ma May ancient house is a shouldn’t-be-missed site seeing for visitors to Hanoi. Photo courtesy by 87 Ma May Ancient House

A walk around the Old Quarter is a must for both tourists and local people to explore Hanoi.

Located in the area, Ma May Street is unique as it is home to many of the city’s oldest houses.

Visiting the street, you can see the culture and architecture of Hanoi in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially through the house at No.87 which has been kept intact.

Right after passing the old wooden door, you step into a quiet old space, being totally secluded from the bustling world outside. The house was built around the end of the 19th century. 

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
The house features typical Vietnamese interior design. Photo courtesy by Ma May Ancient House

 
Built in a total area of 157.6 square meters, the house has changed its owners several times.

From 1954 to 1999, there were five different families living here. The house features the typical architecture of Hanoi’s houses in the old time with its tubular shape which is narrow but deep.

The house system of rooms, mezzanines, and courtyards were all well-designed to meet the living needs and for its dwellers’ convenience.

The courtyard is a special feature of the house, where receives natural light and was designed as a small garden with flower pots and small chairs for people to sit down, relax and enjoy the view and tea. As you move in into the house, it is more interesting to see the unique architectural traits of a typical old Northern house. 

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
A courtyard is the highlight of the house. Photo courtesy by Ma May Ancient House

 
The house was divided into different spaces along its tubular shape including a store to sell goods, a warehouse, a kitchen, and a backyard with jars for storing rain water. Stepping up to the wooden stair, the second floor is where the sleeping and worshiping rooms are. All of them are illuminated with natural light from windows.

The house is also mainly built of wood so that it is cool in summer and warm in winter. The house restoration started in 1998 and completed in 1999 in the framework of the cooperation between Hanoi City and Toulouse City (France).

In 2004, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized the house as a national heritage. The house No.87 Ma May has become an address to introduce typical tube house architecture and traditional lifestyle in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
The kitchen of the ancient house. Photo courtesy by 87 Ma May Ancient House

 
The success of the restoration of Ma May ancient was the premise for the  subsequent projects in the Old Quarter, notably Quan De Temple (28 Hang Buom street), Kim Ngan Communal House (42-44 Hang Bac street), Dong Lac communal house (38 Hang Dao street). 

Currently, the heritage house No.87 Ma May has become a well-known cultural place for both Hanoi people and tourists, which is open daily. They visit the house to not only learn about the architecture, lifestyle and activities of the old Hanoi people but also to enjoy unique cultural events here. 

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
In 2004, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized the house as a national heritage. Photo courtesy by Ma May Ancient House

 
On occasions such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lunar New Year Festival, among others, the Management Board of Hanoi Old Quarter usually cooperates with artists and craftsmen to introduce traditional art, habits, customs as well as to organize folk games and exhibition of toys and art works. In the evening, this place regularly features some shows of the ca tru folk singing performed by professional artists as well.

According to the Organizing Committee, these activities aim to preserve and promote traditional culture values and raise the community’s awareness of the nation’s rich cultural identity, especially among the young generation.

This is also a good opportunity to disseminate the culture and history of the city, attracting more domestic and international tourists.  Hanoitimes

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/ma-may-ancient-house-where-vietnamese-home-is-kept-715757.html

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang among world’s 25 best national parks

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang among world's 25 best national parks

Tourists visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a world heritage site, by boat. Photo by Shutterstock/Andy Tran.


Phong Nha-Ke Bang, a UNESCO-recognized global heritage site in central Vietnam, broke into world’s 25 best national parks voted by TripAdvisor readers.

The complex ranked 15th and was the only national park in Southeast Asia to appear on the list compiled by TripAdvisor, which takes into account the quality and number of traveler reviews and ratings published on its website over a 12-month period.

“The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Paleozoic some 400 million years ago and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia,” the world’s most popular travel guide and review website said.

“Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geomorphic features of considerable significance. The vast area contains spectacular formations including 65 kilometers of caves and underground rivers.”

Established in 2000, Phong Nha-Ke Bang is frequently referred to as the “Kingdom of Caves” for the magnificent specimens it hosts.

The 900-square-kilometer national park, which UNESCO labeled as a global heritage site in 2003, is home to over 300 caves and grottoes that date back some 400 million years.

Around 30 caves are now open to visitors, which have created a tourism boom and given much-needed revenue to the once war-torn province.

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania topped the list, followed by India’s Jim Corbett National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/phong-nha-ke-bang-among-world-s-25-best-national-parks-4240576.html

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Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people

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H’mong ethnic communities often stage their important rituals at the beginning of the year as they believe that it is the “cleanest” time of the year. 

One of the rituals is the Forest God worshiping ceremony, which has been observed by many generations of H’mong people in northern localities.

Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people
Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people. 
Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people
On this day, each family contributes an offering to the ceremony. The offerings, arranged on a on a four-legged table, include a goat, a rooster, three pieces of tofu, and three pieces of chopped ‘chung’ cake (glutinous rice cake), along with offerings donated by descendants in the family.
Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people
The ceremony is conducted by a shaman who has gained the respect and confidence of the family and villagers.
Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people
The ceremony aims to pray for good health, prosperity, bumper crops, and green forest.
Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people
People perform with traditional instruments in a procession around the area hosting the ceremony.
Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people
The offerings are then shared by households of the family.
Forest God worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people
At the Forest God-worshipping ceremony of H’Mong people in Vi Xuyen District, Ha Giang Province.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/forest-god-worshipping-ceremony-of-h-mong-people-715344.html

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