The 13th World Conference of the League of Historical Cities (LHC) is being held in the central city of Hue from April 16-18.
More than 300 domestic mayors and experts from different countries are focused on discussing solutions to preserve, exploit and develop the heritage values of historical cities as well as the relationship between preservation and development in the integration process.
Huynh Vinh Ai, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said Vietnam has plenty of unique natural and cultural heritages to be protected and honoured in different ways.
UNESCO has recognized the country’s 13 tangible and intangible cultural heritages of humanity, two heritages of memory of the world register and eight world biosphere reserves, he added.
Ai said the negative impact of urbanization and nature has devalued heritage sites in historical cities and there is high hope that the League of Historical Cities will put forward a new set of proposals to help preserve heritage values.
A youth forum, a workshop and a round-table discussion will be held as part of the conference.
The League of Historical Cities is an international organization which consists of 91 member cities from 56 countries in the world aims to exchange technical information, policies and socio-economic solutions for the benefit of mankind development.
Eight mayors from the member cities have been appointed to its executive board chaired by Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa.
Photo contest to raise teen awareness of environment
Access American Education (AAE) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program yesterday launched the Hug the Earth photo contest to raise awareness and the responsibility of high school students in Ho Chi Minh City on environment protection on the occasion of the upcoming World Earth Day on April 22.
Entries, including a photo related to nature together with a 100-150 word essay on the picture or World Earth Day, can be submitted from now until April 30.
A special prize will be chosen by votes and likes on Facebook. There are four prizes provided by the organizers starting from VND500,000 (US$25) and going up to VND2 million (US$100).
“The competition is not only a chance for young people to show off their photography skills, but is also a meaningful social and charity event,” said comedian Minh Beo, the contest ambassador.
For each photo, AAE will donate VND4,000 (US 20 cents) to the UNV fund, which will be used to improve community life in local provinces.
Hoi An antiques to be displayed in Japan
The Hoi An People’s Committee has approved the lending of many antiques to be exhibited at the Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu city, Fukuoka prefecture in Japan.
These items include colorful glass items found at Lang Beach, Cham Island and the remains of Japanese Hizen pottery found at house No. 16, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai in Hoi An’s old town.
Experts at the Kyushu National Museum have completed documents to select and borrow antiques from the Hoi An Center of Heritage Conservation and Management.
Having antiques exhibited at a Japanese museum is a chance for Hoi An to promote its image to the Japanese and help them understand the trade link between the two countries in the past.
In 1999 UNESCO declared the old town of Hoi An a world heritage site for being a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port in the 15th to 19th centuries, and having buildings with a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
The Old Town has several relics bearing the hallmark of Japan like the three Japanese tombs and the Cau Pagoda, an important symbol of Hoi An.
CNN pays tribute to Halong Bay’s sunset
CNN has voted for Vietnam’s Halong Bay as one of Asia’s top five best tropical island paradises.
CNN praised Halong Bay for its” incredible sunsets", which is a must for visitors.
Asia’s top five sites include Indonesia ’s Anambas Islands , Thailand ’s Similan Islands and the Kok Chang archipelago, Malaysia ’s Langkawi Islands and Vietnam ’s Halong Bay .
The results are based on surveys of tour operators and prestigious Asian journalists.
CNN also described Halong Bay as a stunning place to go cruising with its magnificent mountainous islands and dreamlike coves and one of the most amazing destinations anywhere in the world
UNESCO has previously recognised Halong Bay as a World’s natural heritage.
Ha Long Bay ranked among Asia's top island paradises
Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been listed among Asia's top five tropical island paradises, as recommended by CNN.
Stuart McDonald, founder and editor of Asian travel website travelfish.org, told CNN that Ha Long Bay is one of the most stunning boating destinations anywhere in the world.
“Comprising a vast coastal waterway of roughly 2,000 islands spread over an area of 1,500 square kilometers, carving out your own sailing space shouldn't be too much of a problem. While tranquil waters year round ensure that going for a swim is always a pleasure,” he said on CNN’s website.
“The mysterious limestone caves on Ha Long Bay's bigger islands and the incredible sunsets meanwhile are two sights not to be missed,” he added.
The other places on the list include Anambas in Indonesia, Koh Chang and Similan in Thailand and Langkawi in Malaysia.
Last November, Ha Long Bay was named one of the world’s seven new wonders of nature, according to the global poll’s provisional results announced by the New Open World Corporation, an associate of the New 7 Wonders Foundation.
Famous Cuban dance group to perform in Vietnam
A 12-member art troupe, named Raices Profundas Deep Roots, from Cuba will perform in Vietnam from April 19-22, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The troupe, founded in 1974, is one of the well-known dance groups in Cuba as well as the world.
The troupe will introduce the Vietnamese public to a diverse program of Cuban folk music and dancing.
The audience will have a chance to enjoy many dances, from those representing the colonial period to joyful Salsa steps, as well as familiar international styles such as Rumbas, Cha-Cha, Mambo, and Bolero.
Cuba’s music and dancing has developed on a high level of professionalism.
Raices Profundas Deep Roots, which has toured different countries around the world, will give a performance at the Hanoi Opera House on the evening of April 20 and another one at the Army Theatre on April 21.