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Historic and heavenly Viet Bac program

Historic and heavenly Viet Bac program

The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Bac Kan Province on Tuesday held a press conference to introduce a tourism program called ‘Through Viet Bac’s heritage regions 2011’ with the participation of Cao Bang, Lang Son, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang provinces.
   03/11/2011 15:03
Sand dunes in Quang Binh province

Sand dunes in Quang Binh province

The sand dunes in the central province of Quang Binh often remind people of blazing sun, hot, dry westerly wind from Laos to Central Vietnam and flying sand. However, they also create wonderful landscapes.
   02/11/2011 09:31
The Northernmost area of Vietnam

The Northernmost area of Vietnam

The border area of Lung Cu on the Dong Van rock plateau is called the rooftop of Vietnam and is legendary for its very special charm.
   01/11/2011 13:47
Ha Noi Architecture

Ha Noi Architecture

<div align="justify">Apart from H&ocirc;̣i An, Hanoi is Vietnam's only city where ancient streets can be found. These streets still keep the same appearance that they had at the end of 19th century. According to historical sources, they have been the true core of Thăng Long since its foundation nearly a thousand years ago.</div>
   18/11/2008 11:31
Ha Noi - The capital of Viet Nam

Ha Noi - The capital of Viet Nam

<div align="justify">Hanoi - the capital of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the Political - Economic - Cultural - Scientific and Technological center of the whole country. Hanoi is located in the center of the Northern Delta with a population 2.9 million people, and an area 920.97 km2. Hanoi is an ancient city which had been established and developed for almost 1,000 years since 1010.</div>
   18/11/2008 11:20
Overview of traditional festivals

Overview of traditional festivals

<div align="justify">Festive activities are living museums in which typical cultural values of the nation have been preserved for centuries.</div>
   05/11/2008 11:51
Rice cooking competitions

Rice cooking competitions

<div align="justify">During Tet, a number of villages in northern and central Vietnam hold cooking contests that may sound simple, but follow strict and complex rules: Cooking in the wind and rain. Tu Trong Village, Thanh Hoa Province has a temple dedicated to the 11th century warrior Le Phung Hieu. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:48
Kites that make music

Kites that make music

<div align="justify">Kite flying is popular throughout the year in Viet Nam but especially so in summer. People of different ages make kites of many shapes, sizes and materials. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:44
The game of squares

The game of squares

<div align="justify">Either boys or girls, usually age&rsquo;s seven to ten, play the two-person game of O an quan (literally &quot;Mandarin's Box&quot;). They draw a rectangle on the ground and divide it into ten small squares called &quot;rice fields&quot; or &quot;fish ponds. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:41
The Game of the Dragon - Snake

The Game of the Dragon - Snake

<div align="justify">A large group plays the children's game rong ran (dragon - snake). In One person sits on a small hill or some location above the other players; he or she acts as the doctor. The other children stand in a line, holding each other's belts to form the body of the dragon-snake. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:39
Throwing a sacred ball through the ring

Throwing a sacred ball through the ring

<div align="justify">Each ethnic group in Vietnam has unique ways of celebrating Tet. The Tay people of Cao Bang and Lang Son Provinces have a special Tet game that not only ushers in the spring but also serves as a matchmaker.</div>
   05/11/2008 11:36
Human Chess

Human Chess

<div align="justify">&quot;Human chess&quot; is a popular game at village and temple festival. The game follows the general rules of Chinese chess. The concept is recognizably similar to Western chess, but with a different-sized board and different pieces, including cannons and guards, each of them marked with a distinct Chinese character. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:34
Battle of the Chickens

Battle of the Chickens

<div align="justify">Cock fighting, a long-standing form of popular entertainment, is organised during traditional festivals throughout Vietnam. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:31
Bamboo Swings

Bamboo Swings

<div align="justify">Swings have been traditional game at village festivals for centuries. A Complete History of Dai Viet (Dai Viet su ky toan thu) states: &quot;In the Ly Dynasty, in spring or the first lunar month, boys and girls get together and play this game&quot;. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:29
The Art of Traditional Wrestling

The Art of Traditional Wrestling

<div align="justify">On a beautiful spring day in Nam Dinh, a light breeze blows over the multicoloured traditional flags planted at the four corners of the arena where the finalists of the National Wrestling Championship are about to compete. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:23
Blind Man’s Buff

Blind Man’s Buff

<div align="justify">Children between ages six and 15 enjoy playing bit mat bat de (&ldquo;catching a goat while blindfolded&rdquo;). One participant volunteers to play the &ldquo;goat&rdquo; and another, the &ldquo;goat catcher&rdquo;. Other players form a circle around the players. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:21
Boat racing

Boat racing

<div align="justify">From time immemorial, boat racing has appeared in Vietnam. It is not only a competition but also a ritual in honour of the Water God, stemming from the act of praying for water among agricluture-based people. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:18