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altYoung people now enjoy new music that comes to them from the radio, television, audio and video tapes, as well as compact discs. So, do they still show any attachment to the old folk tunes so loved by their elders, such as the melodies of ca tru? Ca tru is a musical genre that calls for expertise as well as sensibility on the part of the listeners. In return, it provides the most refined enjoyment.
Ethnic minority youth festival to open in Hanoi
Vietnam Festival

altAn ethnic minority youth festival, the first of its kind in Vietnam, will take place at the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Hanoi on April 17.
Foreign arrivals in Hanoi rise 20 percent - Vietnam Beautiful
More than one million foreigners have arrived Hanoi in the first six months this year, up 20 percent from a year ago.
Of the total, 36,590 were from the Republic of Korea (up 46 percent), 61,867 from Australia (up 13 percent), 68,738 from Japan (up 24 percent).

In the same period, the city served 7.3 million domestic tourists, up 24 percent.

Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said Hanoi expects to welcome 12.8 million holiday makers in 2012, including over 2 million foreigners.

To meet the target, the department will improve tours from Hanoi to some major tourist destinations in Vietnam such as Hoa Binh, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien and expand tours of craft villages in Bat Trang, Van Phuc, Phu Vinh, and Quat Dong, and Phu Suyen.

The city also plans to advertise Hanoi’s tourism in potential foreign markets in East Europe, Canada, Australia and the Republic of Korea.

In October, 2012, the Council Promotion Tourism Asia (CPTA) will hold the 12th conference in Hanoi.

Besides the communication and advertisement activities, the capital city also focuses on distinctive tourism products.

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Guangdong art troupe to perform in Vietnam
Vietnam Tourist Guide News
altA 43-member art troupe from Guangdong province of China will make a performance tour of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from June 16-20.The tour is part of celebrations of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and China.Artists of the troupe were selected from the Fangnan song and dance troupe, the Guangzhou circus troupe and the folk music troupe of the Guangdong song and dance theatre.

They will give performances of works that have won national and international prizes and were performed during their tour of European, American and other Southeast Asian countries.They will perform at the Hoa Binh Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City on June 17 and at the Au Co Art Centre in Hanoi on June 19.

Source: VNA
Guitar club cheers Hanoi streets up - Vietnam Beautiful

A guitar club in Hanoi gathers for street performances every Sunday afternoon at Ly Thai To Flower Garden, besides Hoan Kiem Lake, where local passers-by have chance to enjoy or even join in the melodious atmosphere.


A gathering besides Hoan Kiem Lake

Groups of young people play guitar and singing has become a common sight around the city; around them people enthusiastically adding their voices and others clapping along to the rhythm.

Some of these young people are members of an online guitar forum,, one of the largest forums for guitar lovers in Hanoi.

Established in October, 2011 by Hieu Orion, one of the most famous guitarists in Hanoi, now boasts some 43,000 members, mainly students.

They chose this place to gather every Sunday afternoon with their guitars, cajon drums and harmonica, playing well into the evening.

Hieu Orion says he always has always had a special love and respect the street artists.

“When visiting foreign countries, I always liked watching people playing their instruments on the sidewalks, in subway stations or parks, without paying much attention to whether people listened or not. This really impressed me," he said.

The first meeting of the group was not online, but a personal gathering.

“I can still remember the feeling of that first meeting. It was unlike any stage performance. The atmosphere was just great," he said.

Sometimes the young artists are joined by older ones, such as violinist Ta Tri Hai, another famous street artist who has been playing on the roads and corners of HCM City and Hanoi, winning the love and respect of a large number of people.

Pham Thanh Tra, a 63-year old resident of Hanoi commented, “I usually go for a walk every afternoon around Hoan Kiem Lake and I always wait for the Sunday afternoon gathering of the young guitarists. We don’t have many street artists in Hanoi, so they are quite special to me."

Meanwhile, Laura Smith, an architect from America, also praised the performance. "Even though I don't understand all the songs, I really love this atmosphere. It adds a lot of charm to the city."

Some more photos of their recent Sunday gathering:


Most of them are students



Old violinist Ta Tri Hai joined the young guitarists


Playing well into the evening 

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Hanoi, Hoi An listed in Asia’s top ten attractive destinations - Vietnam Beautiful

The capital of Hanoi and the central ancient city of Hoi An have been listed in the 2012 top-ten attractive travel destinations in Asia.

The Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced on August 22 that Hong Kong-based Smart Travel Asia, a leading online travel magazine, voted Hanoi as the 6th most attractive venue and Hoi An as 7th, successfully maintaining their positions from the previous year.

On the top of the list is Bali in Indonesia, followed by Phuket in Thailand, then Hong Kong.

The honour also means the capital will have new opportunities to promote its image and prestige to international tourism and business.

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Photo contest to feature dynamic and friendly Vietnam
Vietnam Tourist Guide News
altThe third “Vietnam Today” photo contest themed “Dynamic and friendly Vietnam” was kicked off in Hanoi on June 15.Editor-in-chief of The gioi Anh (World Photo) magazine Pham Van Hien, who is also head of the contest’s organising board, said that entries would depict the beauties of Vietnamese land and people, business activities and the national economic development in global integration.

Addressing the launching ceremony, President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc said that the contest - a playground for local photographers to show their skills - will help illustrate the capital city’s historic traditions on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The contest is a biennial event held by the World Photo under the sponsorship of the VCCI and the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists with the two previous contests attracting more than 10,000 entries.Colour and black-and-white photos should be submitted prior to November 30, 2010. An award ceremony and photo exhibition will be held in Hanoi in December 2010.

Source: VNA
Popular Indian dancers to perform in Hanoi
altIndia’s famous dance troupe Odissi will perform in Hanoi on June 4 during their visit to Vietnam to attend the Hue Festival 2010.
Special food in the North
Food and Drinks
altPho (Rice noodle soup):Pho, a typical dish of Hanoi people, has been existing for a long-time.Pho is prepared not only in a sophisticated manner but also in the technique which is required to have sweet but pure bouillon, soft but not crashed noodle, soft and sweet-smelling meat.Only in cold days, having a hot and sweet-smelling bowl of Pho to enjoy, would make you experience the complete flavor of the special dish of Hanoi.
Tourism festivals to be organized in Japan, South Korea
altThe International Cooperation Bureau under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will organize the Vietnam Culture and Tourism Festival in Japan and repeat it in South Korea next month. Nguyen Van Tinh, Director of the bureau, said that the festival would take place in Tokyo from June 22 to 24 and in Seoul from June 25 to 27. There will be music, art, fashion shows, tourism exhibitions, activities and meetings to exchange investment and trade opportunities.

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