As Ha Noi's millennium anniversary celebrations wind down, this month's issue of our news magazine Outlook joins in the capital city's big birthday party.
Outlook, which goes on sale in Ha Noi, HCM City and other major centres this morning, examines the history of Ha Noi and spotlights some of the local people who embody the city's culture and character.
We examine the treasure trove of artefacts unearthed at the site of the capital city's ancient Imperial Citadel and tell the story of King Ly Thai To, who decided to move his royal capital from Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province to Dai La, the site of present-day Ha Noi and renamed it Thang Long (Rising Dragon).
We talk to four outstanding Hanoians who have been recognised by the Government for their contributions to the local community, and meet a family who have lived in the city for several generations while preserving their traditional values. Special features on Ha Noi also include an article about the capital city's favourite mayor and a photo essay on the city's changing face during the past two centuries.
Elsewhere in this issue, we go on a tour of the Central Highlands, meet a naval soldier stationed on one of Viet Nam's most remote islands and visit one of HCM City's best shoemakers.
Readers can also catch up on what's hot in the country's culinary, sports and arts scenes - and check out our listings for everything from bars to embassies. Outlook retails for VND15,000 at news-stands, major hotels and restaurants, at the head office of the Viet Nam News at 11 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ha Noi, or at our HCM City office at 120 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. — VNS