The simple beauty of Hanoi in Winter

Corn and sweet potatoHanoi in cold days, the good smelling of grilled corn and sweet potato in a corner of night street with yellow light makes many people feel fluttered… If the autumn is woken up by the smelling of young green sticky rice and milky flower, the winter is featured by the smelling of boiled corn and grilled sweet potato. This smelling appears in all streets, all small valley, making people cannot resist because it reminds a part of peaceful childhood in the bustling day.The fresh corns and brown sweet potato on the coal stove bring a strange warm feeling. Their…... [read more]

In “My Hanoi”, Poirier takes audiences on his journey of discovering Hanoi. After nine years in Vietnam, including four years as French Ambassador, Poirier decided to continue living in Hanoi. Jean-Noel shared: “I have visited every street, every corner of Hanoi, from the Old Quarter to the new areas of the city. I was impressed by the simple beauty of Hanoi. I want to share my view of Hanoi with others and take others to discover some corners of Hanoi that may have been forgotten by others. I know that many politicians have written books about Hanoi after finishing working…... [read more]

Visiting the RoK at this time, tourists can enjoysnow-capped mountains and forests or go skiing and ice skating. They canjoin in winter festivals, fish on ice or light lanterns on islands. This is one of the large-scale promotion campaigns of the year topopularise the Northeast Asian country’s beauty in winter and encouragetravel agencies to sell more tours to the RoK in this season. A campaign with various activities is being implemented by KTO to lure Vietnamese tourists to the country. Vietnam is considered a potential market for RoK tourism. Sincethe beginning of this year, some 108,000 Vietnamese tourists havevisited the…... [read more]

While beauty competitions are big news in Vietnam – not everbody was impressed with the recent Miss Teen event. The crown of Miss Teen 2009 was handed over to Ly Thi Xuan Mai, widely regarded as a clever and friendly teenager.  She danced beautifully and demonstrated her intelligence in an impressive final night’s performance on October 9.   However, in many eyes the pageant was far from perfect.  Viewers told VietNamNet reporters they thought it “was not really a teenage competition”.   They pointed to the high-heeled shoes, the hair styles and the luxurious gowns and asked: is this what…... [read more]

According to the CNN: Hanoi might be famous for its impenetrable walls of Vespas, but the city isn't quite as chaotic as it's chalked up to be. Wandering about the capital of Vietnam, travelers expecting a wild urban adventure might be pleasantly surprised to also find quiet, leafy streets and hidden coffee shops.One of the most charming aspects of the city is the plethora of restored neoclassical and Gothic architecture -- a holdover from the city's stint as a French colony from 1883 to 1954.It's easy to romanticize the era, given the beautiful remains, but it's worth remembering that this…... [read more]

A photo contest on ideas for a future and more beautiful Hanoi titled “Hanoi – a living space” was closed with a photo exhibition that is now taking place at the Arts House, 31A Van Mieu, Hanoi.The contest was organized by the Lac Viet Community Development and Assistance Center and sponsored by the Globalization Research Center, Hawaii University, the USA.The organizing board said it has received 1,500 photos and albums since the contest was launched. Many authors are amateur photographers. Hanoi while others have tried to depict the development of Hanoi or to narrated lives of Hanoians in Doi Moi…... [read more]

A photographic exhibition on Vietnam’s beauty will be held in Houston, the USA, from April 25 to 28.Nguyen Viet Thanh and Hoang Hai Tinh will display 50 photographs featuring the daily life and simple beauty of Vietnam.This is the fourth time for Viet Thanh and the first time for Hai Thinh to exhibit their photos in the US.Viet Thanh, a photojournalist of Vietnam News, has won a golden prizeat the Asian Press Photo Contest and many first and second prizes atdomestic and international photographic contests.In 2010, Hai Thinh won the best cultural photo title at the GaurudaInternational Photographic Contest in…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Roads covered with yellow leaves, the sun beams through leaf canopies, almond trees with red leaves, the long flaps of young girls flying in the wind, Hanoi has entered the fall with a seductive beauty. Hanoi in peaceful beauty in the afternoon. The ceramic road. Yellow leaves of the fall. Young girls in ao dai. The sun beams through leaf canopies. Red leaves of an almond tree. Withered lotus in the West Lake. A twig of a tree at Hoan Kiem Lakeside. The atmosphere of the Full Moon Festival on Hang Ma Street. Tri Thuc... [read more]

On Wednesday, James Joseph Kendall, founder of the Facebook page ‘Keep Hanoi Clean,’ received a commemorative medal from the city’s chairman Nguyen Duc Chung, in recognition of his voluntary effort to reduce pollution in the Vietnamese capital.On May 15, Kendall, accompanied by local and foreign members of his group, joined hands to clear a garbage-packed canal in Yen Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District. Photos showing their act were later spread online, attracting attention from local residents.The 'Keep Hanoi Clean' group, open to “everyone who is willing to volunteer to keep Hanoi clean,” was founded earlier this month, with the number…... [read more]

Pham Quang Nghi, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee (Source: VNA)The capital of Hanoi will strive for further growth in the next five years and is resolved to keep its image in the hearts of people across the nation, a municipal leader said.In order to meet this goal, the city has outlined major tasks, focusing on the synchronous development and modernisation of urban and rural infrastructure, said Pham Quang Nghi, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, at an interview with the Vietnam News Agency ahead of the city’s 16 th Party Congress, scheduled for October 31 – November 3.Hanoi will…... [read more]