HCMC turns Bui Vien Street into pedestrian space at weekends

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City art troupes and cultural centres will offer several shows to celebrate the annual Buddhist holiday of Vu Lan, an event that eulogises motherly love, held annually in the seventh month of the lunar calendar.  Young and respectful: Cai luong artists of HCM City will perform for free during Vu Lan, the annual Buddhist event that eulogises motherly love, held in the seventh month of the lunar calendar. —Photo.dienanh&sankhau.vn Most of the shows will begin this weekend and continue until the mid-September.      District 9’s Suoi Tien Tourist Park will launch a programme called Vu Lan Bao Hieu (Showing Gratitude in Vu Lan) featuring culinary parties and stage plays that highlight people’s gratitude to and appreciation of their mothers. Cai luong (reformed theatre) stars like Vo Minh Luan and Huong Xuan of Tran Huu Trang Theatre will perform for free on the occasion to encourage young people to love and respect their mothers. The programme will begin tomorrow and run through the day of Vu Lan, September 5. It is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors, including several hundred Buddhists, from the city and neighbouring provinces. Dozen of young actors will visit the Artists Pagoda and Nhat Quang Tu (Sunlight Pagoda) in Go Vap District on August 26 to participate in a special show celebrating Vu Lan. They will stage a series of extracts from popular plays featuring historic events and heroines, such as Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Duong Van Nga) and…... [read more]

"C​ai l​uong" artists of HCM City will perform for free during Vu Lan, the annual Buddhist event that eulogises motherly love, held in the seventh month of the lunar calendar. (Photo: dienanh&sankhau.vn) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s art troupes and cultural centres will offer several shows to celebrate the annual Buddhist holiday of Vu Lan, an event that eulogises motherly love, held annually in the seventh month of the lunar calendar.    Most of the shows will begin this weekend and continue until the mid-September.      District 9’s Suoi Tien Tourist Park will launch a programme called Vu Lan Bao Hieu (Showing Gratitude in Vu Lan) featuring culinary parties and stage plays that highlight people’s gratitude to and appreciation of their mothers. “Cai luong” (reformed theatre) stars like Vo Minh Luan and Huong Xuan of the Tran Huu Trang Theatre will perform for free on the occasion to encourage young people to love and respect their mothers. The programme will begin tomorrow and run through the day of Vu Lan, September 5. It is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors, including several hundred Buddhists, from the city and neighbouring provinces. Dozen of young actors will visit the Artists Pagoda and Nhat Quang Tu (Sunlight Pagoda) in Go Vap district on August 26 to participate in a special show celebrating Vu Lan. They will stage a series of extracts from popular plays featuring historic events and heroines, such as Thai Hau Duong Van…... [read more]

Hanoi will postpone the opening of a pedestrian street at Trinh Cong Son street near the West Lake until October 10 (Source: http://vnexpress.net) Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi will postpone the opening of a pedestrian street at Trinh Cong Son street near the West Lake until October 10, the anniversary of the capital city’s liberation from French occupation, instead of the initially planned August 19. Tay Ho district authorities said the postponement aims to ensure consensus among local residents and better preparations for the street’s operation. The idea of turning the street into a pedestrian area with space dedicated to art performances and food stalls has received support from most of 300 households living along the street. However, some are concerned about the plan to build permanent kiosks, saying they will block the walking path around the West Lake. They proposed building mobile booths which can be dismantled when not in use. The street will be open for pedestrians every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 12am in summer and 5.30pm to 11pm in winter. On Sundays, the street will operate from 3pm to 10pm. Visitors to the space will be able to enjoy modern and traditional cultural and art activities and foods from Vietnam’s different regions, as well as music, street festivals and other traditional festivals. Currently, a pedestrian street operates in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake on weekends.-VNA ... [read more]

Vietjet currently has six routes connecting Viet Nam and Taiwan, making it the carrier operating the most flight services between Viet Nam and Taiwan. — VNS Photo Vietjet on Thursday began selling tickets on its newest international route from Ha Noi to Kaohsiung (Taiwan) at a price starting from zero dollars. Slated to be operational on October 29, the new route will meet the significant demand of individuals, tourists and businesspeople travelling between these two attractive destinations for tourism and business, Vietjet said in its statement. The Ha Noi-Kaohsiung route will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with one return flight per day and three hours per leg. The Ha Noi-Kaohsiung flight departs from Ha Noi at 7.30am (local time) and arrives in Kaohsiung at 10.45am (local time). The return flight takes off at 11.45am and lands at 1.35pm. With this recently-announced international route, Vietjet currently has six routes connecting Viet Nam and Taiwan, making it the carrier operating the most flight services between Viet Nam and Taiwan. Beside to this route, Vietjet said it is also giving away hundreds of thousands of promotional tickets applied for other international routes from now until August 13 between noon and 2pm. The travel period for these promotional tickets, selling from zero dollars, is from September 1, 2017 to March 24, 2018. — VNS ... [read more]

Hanoian authorities have decided to turn Trinh Cong Son Street in Tay Ho District into a walking route, starting on August 19, to provide Hanoians with an additional space for walking and enjoying traditional artistic performances and cuisine. According to information from the People's Committee of Tay Ho District, Trinh Cong Son Street, named after the famous late composer, will be the core of the walking space, covering Alley 431 on Au Co Street and Alley 612 on Lac Long Quan Road. Nguyen Dinh Khuyen, Vice Chairman of Tay Ho District People's Committee said that the walking zone is designed to add additional entertainment areas for tourists and the youth and to develop tourism activities associated with the West Lake. The new walking street will offer visitors artistic performances and Trinh Cong Son music at a 2,000 square metre outdoor stage. There will also be other traditional art forms, such as quan ho (love duet) singing and water puppet shows at lotus ponds around the zone. In addition, approximately 50-60 booths simulating the traditional architecture of Ha Noi Old Quarter and Hoi An Ancient Town will be arranged along the walking street, selling souvenirs, food and refreshments for visitors. The walking space will be organised from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week, starting from August 19. Aimed at offering a new address for entertainment and tourist activities in the West Lake area on the weekend, local authorities…... [read more]

NDO – Hanoian authorities have decided to turn Trinh Cong Son street in Tay Ho district into a walking route, starting on August 19, to provide Hanoians with an additional space for walking and enjoying traditional artistic performances and cuisine. According to information from the People's Committee of Tay Ho district, Trinh Cong Son street, named after the famous late composer, will be the core of the walking space, covering Alley 431 on Au Co street and Alley 612 on Lac Long Quan road. Nguyen Dinh Khuyen, Vice Chairman of Tay Ho district People's Committee said that the walking zone is designed to add additional entertainment areas for tourists and the youth and to develop tourism activities associated with the West Lake. The new walking street will offer visitors artistic performances and Trinh Cong Son music at a 2,000 square metre outdoor stage. There will also be other traditional art forms, such as quan ho (love duet) singing and water puppet shows at lotus ponds around the zone. In addition, approximately 50-60 booths simulating the traditional architecture of Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoi An ancient town will be arranged along the walking street, selling souvenirs, food and refreshments for visitors. The walking space will be organised from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week, starting from August 19. Aimed at offering a new address for entertainment and tourist activities in the West Lake area on the weekend, local authorities have provided cards for…... [read more]

NDO - Daily radio broadcasts on loudspeakers in Hanoi’s four central districts of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung, will be suspended until the end of 2018 following complaints that they disturb the lives of residents where they are installed. Loudspeakers in these four districts will only be used to announce alerts in case of emergencies or upon requests of the municipal or central governments. Meanwhile, other urban districts are allowed to retain 5 to 10 sets of no more than two loudspeakers in each ward and the speakers must be relocated away from schools, hospitals, diplomatic quarters, senior citizens’ residential areas, foreigners’ quarters and high buildings. The broadcasts are reduced to twice a day, five days a week (excluding Saturday and Sunday) and a maximum of 15 minutes per programme. In Son Tay town and rural districts, the duration of a broadcast could be longer, but no more than 45 minutes. In the past broadcasts on local loudspeakers were useful channels for the people to obtain information, but as Vietnam modernises, the high-powered speakers have now become a public headache. According to an online survey by the Hanoi government, nearly 90% of respondents say local loudspeaker systems are no longer necessary and should be abolished. Less than 4% say the speakers are useful and over 6% say they are necessary, however changes to broadcast content are needed.... [read more]

Although Bui Vien pedestrian-only street in the backpacker’s area in District 1, HCMC has yet to be officially opened, thousands of local youths and foreign tourists still rushed to the area on two weekend nights to enjoy dining and entertainment services and witness the animated atmosphere of the street. Foreign tourists are seen strolling around Bui Vien pedestrian-only street as all vehicles are not allowed there from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday  All vehicles are banned from moving onto the pedestrian street from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday to ensure the safety for visitors. Earlier, the authorities of District 1 announced that the pedestrian street would not be inaugurated on July 15 as originally scheduled as the sidewalks, underground power and telecom cables, and water pipelines remain unfinished. According to a source from the Office of the HCMC People’s Committee, the pedestrian street is slated to be opened for the public on August 19. Currently, dozens of construction workers are racing against time to complete the construction of Bui Vien Street in preparation for the forthcoming opening day. When in place, the street will be made pedestrian-only from 7 p.m to 2 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Art shows will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. to entertain domestic and foreign visitors apart from dining services. The Department of Tourism has provided training for vendors and household business owners in the area to help them improve sale and service skills in…... [read more]

Of the total, more than 1,000 were foreigners. They made a tour of major hot spots in Nha Trang such as Dam Tron market, Ponaga tower complex, Long Son pagoda, and the Cai River. They also visited craft villages on the outskirts of Nha Trang City, enjoyed Vietnam’s traditional art performances and tasted local specialties. According to local travel agents, the number of visitors to Nha Trang has increased sharply for the past two days. All key tourist resorts such as Vinpearl, Hon Tam, Hon Mun, Hon Lao, Tri Nguyen Aqatic palace, Doc Let, the Hoa Lan Stream, Phu Dong entertainment park, Tran Phu beach and Thap Ba hot spring have been fully packed with visitors. The travel agents say that Nha Trang welcomes between 25,000-30,000 visitors every day on this occasion, Vietnamese people have four days off work, namely Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day plus Saturday and Sunday.... [read more]

(VOVworld) - Jetstar Pacific has launched its first service to Guangzhou, China, offering a multiple weekly service from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, reports the Vietnam News Agency.These routes are now open for reservations and are scheduled to be operated by Airbus A320. Jetstar is offering greatly discounted fares in connection with the launch of the routes at www.jetstar.com or in ticket offices throughout Vietnam with prices starting from as low as 4 USD one-way.... [read more]




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