The 'Descending Dragon' has landed on a list of the must-see places in Asia. Ha Long Bay has recently been listed in the top ten UNESCO heritage sites in Asia, according to the UK-based travel site Rough Guides. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin in Quang Ninh Province, Ha Long Bay is famous for its emerald green waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. “Legend says that when the country had to fight against invaders a dragon descended into the sea (Ha Long translates as “descending dragon”) and scattered emeralds from its mouth to form a defensive wall," the site reported. "Over thousands of years, the wall crumbled and turned into the majestic pillars of different shapes and sizes that we see today.” Thanks to its outstanding beauty, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, and in 2011, it was named among the world’s seven new natural wonders by Swiss organization New Open World. The Rough … [Read more...] about Ha Long Bay named in top ten Asian heritage sites
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VietNamNet Bridge – The so-called “Silk Road Initiative” in the East Sea is part of China’s three-direction tactic, analyzed by Dr. Nguyen Hong Thao, a senior expert on the East Sea issues. The initiative is aimed at three goals: 1) to support the production network across the region, to boost trade and improve the role of China as an investment opportunity, a capital source in the eyes of ASEAN, 2) to expand and link seaport systems, 3) to strengthen the role of overseas Chinese communities and 4) to enhance reliability in order to help ease tension in the region related to territorial disputes and sensitive historical issues. In July 2014, according to Chinese sources, Hainan province tried to register the "Maritime Silk Road" with UNESCO, and planned to excavate the wrecks at "archaeological sites" around the islands of Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) in the next two years. China also said that since 1990, they had been implementing this … [Read more...] about Is China’s Silk Road Initiative an interest in the East Sea?
(Cinet)- Two Vietnamese movies, namely “Chang Trai Nam Ay” and “Dap Canh Giua KhongTrung” will participate in the Luang Prabang film festival, which is scheduled to take place from December 5-9. This is the second time, a film of Vietnamese director Nguyen QuangHuy has been chosen to take part in the event. Last year, he joined the festival with “Than Tuong” (The Talents) film. This year, the two Vietnamese films will join 26 other films from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar. The event is to mark the 20th anniversary of Luang Prabang’s listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese films participate in the Luang Prabang film festival
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will organise the newly re-branded PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2015 (formerly the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference 2015) from November 25-27, 2015 at the Oriental Hotel Legazpi in Albay, Philippines. The three-day event, under the theme “Ecotourism – Transcending Climate Change”, is being generously hosted by the Provincial Government of Albay in partnership with The Department of Tourism, Philippines. The choice of venue is due to the outstanding achievements of the Province of Albay in Climate Change adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management. Albay has also been recently declared as the most vibrant and the fastest growing tourist destination in the Philippines. The event stems from the need to help secondary and tertiary areas grow and develop into widely recognised, bucket-listed tourism destinations. PATA CEO Mario Hardy noted that, “The dispersion of tourism is the … [Read more...] about PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2015 to be held in Legazpi, Philippines
Viet Nam through Filippino eyes (13-07-2006) HA NOI — Filipino artist Manuel D Baldemor has captured the elegant beauty of Viet Nam in an exhibition that opened yesterday at the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum. The show, titled Viet Nam: A Cultural Experience, features 97 paintings as part of commemorative activities in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Viet Nam. "I was elated the first time I saw Ha Noi in February this year," said Manuel. "My gracious hosts, Ambassador Berenguel and her husband, were delighted with my creations, and with that, she invited me to hold an exhibit here as part of the celebration of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Viet Nam. I’m delighted to be an instrument in promoting friendship between the two countries." In April this year, Manuel set foot in HCM City armed with his camera and painting materials. In his second visit to Viet Nam, he focused his attention … [Read more...] about Viet Nam through Filippino eyes
The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in co-ordination with the People's Committees of Hanoi and Quang Ninh province and Vietnam Television, organised a ceremony at My Dinh stadium in Hanoi last night to celebrate Ha Long Bay being officially named as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World. In his opening speech, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh highlighted the significance of the campaign to vote for Ha Long Bay as a World Wonder, saying that it had attracted ten millions of Vietnamese people, international friends and visitors, which has contributed to the success of Ha Long today. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan thanked the Vietnamese as well as the international friends, who enthusiastically voted for Ha Long over the past four years. He also said he hopes the local authorities and relevant agencies will make more efforts to preserve the site and bring the natural value of the bay into full play. At the … [Read more...] about Ha Long Bay officially named new World Wonder
Thousands of people gathered at the My Dinh National Stadium last night to witness the official naming of Ha Long Bay as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Addressing the ceremony, Bernard Weber, president of the New7Wonders Foundation said: "The competition was lively and fair… which was a great success for all 15 countries that own the new seven wonders." Weber added that his goal was to bring inspiration, to create motivation and participation on themes everyone could understand, themes that had real and lasting value. At the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan thanked thousands of Vietnamese people living in and outside the country and international friends of Viet Nam, who had enthusiastically voted for Ha Long over the past four years. He also hoped local authorities and concerned agencies would make more efforts to preserve and bring into full play the natural values of the bay in the near future. Weber then gave a commemorative plaque recognising the bay as … [Read more...] about Ha Long formally becomes world wonder
The New Open World announced the initial results of the voting to the Management Board of Ha Long Bay by fax on November 12. The New Seven Natural Wonders of the World include the Amazon in South America, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Iguazu Fall in Argentina and Brazil, Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea, Komodo Island in Indonesia, Puerto Pricesa Underground River in the Philippines and Table Mountain in South Africa. Ha Long Bay surpassed more than 400 natural wonders in over 200 nations and territories around the globe to be listed among the 28 most beautiful landscapes. Ha Long Bay, recognized twice as a UNESCO World Heritage site, consistently ranked high on the list for the seven new natural wonders throughout the four years of the campaign. The final results of the voting will be unveiled early next year. The governments of the new natural wonders will be invited to attend the conferment ceremony. A gala will be held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Hanoi on … [Read more...] about Ha Long Bay voted new Wonder of the World
New world title will make no difference until existing infrastructure, services are improved, experts say Ha Long Bay, by virtue of being the jewel in Vietnam's tourism crown, has always been in the spotlight, but the lights have just gotten a lot brighter. It has been named in the temporary list of seven new natural wonders of the world, but amidst the cheer and celebrations that have erupted, concerns have risen about preserving the world heritage site. The tourism industry will clearly benefit from the announcement made by the Switzerland-based New7Wonders Foundation last Friday. Hundreds of millions of voters around the world have cast their votes for Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, the Amazon Rainforest in South America, Iguazu Falls at the border of Brazil and Argentina, Jeju Volcanic Island off South Korea, Komodo National Park in Indonesia, Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines, and South Africa's Table Mountain. A total of 440 destinations in 220 … [Read more...] about World wonder status for Ha Long Bay raises new challenges
Opinion is divided on whether the common man will benefit if the government licenses these gambling houses; analysts are skeptical even about tourism benefits The massive integrated resort is the sixth casino to be licensed in Vietnam. Elsewhere, in tourism-haven Phu Quoc Island, local leaders have been looking for investors for a casino planned since 2007. Ha Giang and Quang Binh provinces have apparently never jettisoned plans to build casinos on a rocky UNESCO geo-park and next to a natural reserve named in UNESCO's world heritage list. RELATED CONTENT Vietnam province sticks to casino, golf plans for UNESCO geoparkVietnam licenses Las Vegas-style casino They are all part of an intended casino-building spree across Vietnam, where entry barriers for foreign investors are much higher than in neighboring countries, as the government looks to significantly boost tourism and tax revenues amid the economic crisis. But analysts raise two important questions: What role will … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s casino rush in the offing, but will it be a silver bullet?