Waves of Tet tourists enjoy Vung Tau beach break

Waves of Tet tourists enjoy Vung Tau beach break

While her boyfriend enjoys the cool weather on a beach chair, Emily, 20, from the U.S., builds an octopus sand sculpture. “This is my first time to Vietnam, which coincides with your traditional Lunar New Year holiday. We were invited by a Vietnamese friend to have cakes, tea and beer. Very interesting,” she said.  Source link

Trapped in Wuhan: Vietnamese students at center of coronavirus lockdown

Trapped in Wuhan: Vietnamese students at center of coronavirus lockdown

At 7 a.m., the alarm rings, Nguyen Van Phi, 27, a student at Wuhan University, wakes up and touches his wife’s forehead, then his own. “Luckily, there’s no fever,” he tells her. Phi then turns on his phone and opens the Chinese website displaying the latest Health and Medical Commission statistics on the new coronavirus epidemic, shocked by the news stating the number of infections had climbed to nearly 6,000 and the death toll to 132. Via Chinese messaging service…

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Girl escapes deathly custom, discovers new family

Girl escapes deathly custom, discovers new family

Minutes before, Tuing was busy watering his coffee trees when Quy, his son, arrived home saying: “A child is going to die in Con Chieng because the patriarch forced the mother to kill it. Do you want to adopt the girl? We can pick her up.” Tuing immediately dropped his watering can, calling his wife and leaving without a moment’s thought. It was a 80 kilometer ride from his place to Con Chieng commune, Mang Yang district, Central Highlands Gia Lai Province….

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Pilgrim horde descends on Hanoi’s Perfume Pagoda

Pilgrim horde descends on Hanoi’s Perfume Pagoda

The Huong Tich Cave had no empty space on Tuesday, two days before the festival officially opens.  At the entrance to the cave, the words “Nam Thien De Nhat Dong” (The Best Cave in the South Sky) was carved in 1770 by Lord Trinh Sam of the Trinh family that ruled the country at the time. To get to Huong Tich Cave, people spend total VND130,000 ($5.59), including entry ticket and ferry ticket and then climb over a kilometer of mountain road. …

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Self-taught artist’s paintings add color to Saigon’s landmarks

Self-taught artist’s paintings add color to Saigon’s landmarks

People perform a lion dance in front of a temple in District 5, Saigon’s Chinatown. For the ethnic Chinese community, the lion dance is an indispensable part of Tet and other important festivals and events. The dance, it is believed, dispels evil and brings luck and success. Source link

Lugging ice blocks the main source of income in ‘village of widows’

Lugging ice blocks the main source of income in ‘village of widows’

Unlike other Vietnamese, women in Ngu Loc Commune, Hau Loc District, are not happy when Tet (Lunar New Year) comes since there are no jobs available as they struggle to feed their mothers and children. Nguyen Thi Bac, 57, feels weak each time she bends to pick up an ice block weighing 30-45 kg. She uses one hand to hold the ice in place on her shoulder and the other to hold a rope leading to a boat. Bac has been…

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Turkish singer releases Vietnamese music video

Turkish singer releases Vietnamese music video

By Hieu Nhan  &nbspJanuary 29, 2020 | 09:22 am GMT+7 Turkish singer Aslan Duc has released a Vietnamese music video titled “Wonderful World” that reflects his desire for a peaceful and happy world. It depicts Hanoi as a city of peace and showcases places such as Hoan Kiem lake, the Hanoi Opera House, the old quarter, and Long Bien bridge.  The video also features Hanoi’s Tet culinary specialties like “banh chung” (square sticky rice cake), boiled chicken, spring roll, and Vietnamese…

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Vietnamese tourism hubs wary of Chinese tourists

Vietnamese tourism hubs wary of Chinese tourists

Truong Hong Hanh, director of the Da Nang Department of Tourism, said on Tuesday travel firms have temporarily stopped taking in Chinese customers. The department told them not to take Vietnamese tourists to areas where there have been outbreaks or bring people from there. The city plans to find new sources of tourists to offset the declining number of visitors coming from coronavirus-infected regions. Chinese officials said on Tuesday the acute nCoV has claimed 106 lives and infected more than…

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Northern villagers ring in lucky year by lugging giant cannons

Northern villagers ring in lucky year by lugging giant cannons

At 9 a.m. the two cannons are carried around the village by a group of the village’s strongest men. Dong Ky Village used to have a contest for making and firing cannons. According to a legend, the tradition was a commemoration of General Thien Cuong who led the army and began a fight against invaders by firing a cannon on the fourth of the first lunar month during the reign of King Hung, the mythical founder of the first Vietnamese…

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Da Nang cathedral and hotel turn tourists away amid coronavirus fears

Da Nang cathedral and hotel turn tourists away amid coronavirus fears

A spokesperson for the cathedral at 159 Tran Phu Street, which draws thousands of foreign tourists (mostly Chinese and Korean) every day, said on Monday afternoon it is temporarily closed to visitors. Coronavirus fears lead Da Nang Cathedral, one of the popular sites in the central city, to temporarily close on January 27, 2020.  An announcement on its website in Vietnamese and English said “the outbreak of the coronavirus” was the reason for the closure. It does not mention when it…

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