More 100 foreign and domestic artists have participated in the 25th Duyen Dang Vietnam (Charming Vietnam), an annual music and fashion show, which opened in Ho Chi Minh City on December 29.
Entitled “Giac mo xuan” (A dream of Spring), the event showed famous faces in the local and overseas Vietnamese entertainment industry, including Nhat Ha, Tuan Ngoc, Huong Lan, Dam Vinh Hung, Phuong Thanh, Quang Dung, Ho Ngoc Ha and Van Mai Huong.
Also present were Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy, Miss Vietnam World 2010 Diem Huong, Miss Grand Slam Asia 2009 by Global Beauties Huong Giang and Vu Manh Hiep, the gold prize winner of Vietnam Supermodel 2011.
Some latest “Ao dai” (Vietnamese traditional long dress) collections designed by ABC, Hoang Hai, Quynh Paris and Lien Huong brands will be introduced during the four-day program.
According to director Nguyen Quang Dung, Charming Vietnam has a movable catwalk as seen on the Broadway stage, instead of using LED screens. Local World Heritage Site announces new logo
UNESCO’s World Heritage My Son Santuary in Quang Nam Central province has released its first official tourism logo Wednesday, Phap Luat Newspaper reported Thursday
The logo was designed by local artist Le Quang Loi from Binh Duong Province.
Painted in dark yellow and black, inspired from the natural color of the site’s ancient bricks, it takes on the image of a local Cham woman performing a traditional Apsara dance.
It also features a stylized letter M standing for My Son and a letter W in World Heritage.
My Son, a valley surrounded by mountains, was the site of a religious centre in the capital of the Cham Kingdom which existed from the fourth to the 15th century.
One of the most famous Cham architectural and sculptural relics in Viet Nam, it was recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO in 1999.
This is the first time the sanctuary’s management board announced its official logo since the UNESCO recognition.
On the same day, the management board also started operating a new electric shuttle bus system, which will carry tourists and visitors around the holy site.
Now having three 8-seat vans and two 6-seat ones, the board is planning to add another 5 vans having 12 – 14 seats.
Tickets cost VND 15,000 for foreigners and 10,000 for locals. Da Lat glamorous in flower festival
The Central Highlands resort city of Da Lat is celebrating its annual flower festival.
The five-day festival opened on December 30 with a “flower hill” at the Da Lat Golf Course near the iconic Xuan Huong Lake, and many smaller floral decorations.
For the first time the Da Lat Flower Association joined hands with the golf course to create a flower garden that covers over 3.3 hectares and has 360,000 plants.
Also for the first time in its two-decade existence, the golf course opened to the public for sightseeing.
An area of nearly 3,000 square meters at the golf course was reserved for a “Netherlands corner” with 130,000 tulips and models of windmills to honor the Dutch who helped develop the floral industry in Da Lat.
Another space called “Colorful Integrated World” had cultural icons from all over the world - like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sphinx, a pyramid, Hanoi’s One-Pillar Pagoda, and Japan’s Fuji Mountain, which were made completely from flowers. There was also a pond of lotus flowers - Vietnam’s national symbol.
The organizers said 36 countries and territories have promised to send representatives to festival for which the association and city flower farmers have been preparing for the last four months.
On the occasion, there was a show called “Flowers and light” on Le Dai Hanh Street featuring 3,000 flower baskets of various kinds, and an exhibition of Da Lat’s handicrafts and famous photographs of the city.
Hotels said rooms are still available during the festival. Many travel agents are offering three-day tours to the festival by air, and four-day tours by bus. Fireworks display in HCM City to welcome New Year
Ho Chi Minh City will let off fireworks in two places to welcome the coming New Year.
Under a decision signed recently by Deputy PM, the 15-minute fireworks display will light up Thu Thiem tunnel in District 2 and Dam Sen (Lotus) Park in District 11 on New Year’s Eve.
On the occasion, HCM City will also hold various activities, including flower streets, traditional cake festival, doorshows, and music and dance performances. The city’s pedestrian-friendly streets will be spruced up with special decorations. Eighth-century artifacts discovered in Binh Thuan
Artifacts dating back to the eighth century Champa Kingdom have been discovered in the central province of Binh Thuan.
The ruins of a tower have been excavated on the border of Ham Thuan Bac and Bac Binh districts. Meanwhile, the head of a statue of Lord Shiva dating from the eighth century was found near the site. It is among the most prized artifacts unearthed in the province so far.
Earlier, archaeologists unearthed stone axes, jars, ceramic pots and handicrafts at the Phu Truong site in Ham Thuan Bac District.
Artifacts were decorated with stripes, dots and depictions of fish bones that demonstrated a high-degree of sophistication, archaeologists said.
Nguyen Van Cuong, director of the Vietnam National Museum of History, said the Sa Huynh people (1,000 BC to AD 200) lived at the site.
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of the Sa Huynh culture in the coastal districts of Ham Thuan Nam and Ham Thuan Bac, most of which are at risk of being illegally excavated or damaged by sand exploitation. 8th traditional handicraft village festival opens in Da Lat
The 8th traditional handicraft village festival opened at Lam Vien Square in Da Lat City in the central highland of Lam Dong on December 29.
The event includes a series of activities such as an exhibition of flowers, bamboo and rattan handicraft products, brocade, and ao dai; highlights of Lam Dong Province socio-economic achievements and display of the winning products at the Vietnamese handicraft product contest along with a presentation of agricultural produce of the province.
There will also be music performances, calligraphy displays, and demonstration of creating ‘to he’ (traditional toy figurines made from glutinous rice powder and shaped into tiny figures of dragons, roses, animals, people).
On the same day, an exhibition featuring nearly 200 wooden statues of ethnic people and charnel-house in the highland regions was inaugurated.
The provincial People’s Committee also gave the "Green Business Certificate" to 77 hotels, 10 restaurants and 6 tourist areas.
The festival is part of the Da Lat Flower Festival 2012 to take place from December 30 this year to January 3, 2012. Hanoi’s ancient street gets new face
Ta Hien street in Hanoi’s inner district of Hoan Kiem now gets a new face following a French-assisted restoration project.
Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Khoi told the inaugural ceremony, which took place in Hanoi on Dec. 29 that the pilot project is a research cooperation agreement between the capital city and France’s Toulouse city to improve living conditions of the locals living in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and uphold its traditional heritage values.
The project, worth nearly 15 billion VND (720,000 USD), helped renovate a 52 metre-section of Ta Hien street which was built in the early 20 th century.
Khoi said that the district authorities will continue working closely with experts of Toulouse city and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to upgrade other streets in a bid to draw more domestic and foreign visitors to the capital city.