Son Tra lighthouse Danang

SON TRA LIGHTHOUSE DANANG. The Son Tra Peninsula is considered an Elysium in the center of Danang city. Traveling on bendy roads, rolling around the mountain foot, tourists will surely be impressed by Linh Ung Pagoda where the earth meets the sky as well as by the simple but poetic Son Tra lighthouse. Built by the French in the 1950s, with a height of more than 200 meters above the sea level, Son Tra lighthouse is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Vietnam.

The Son Tra Peninsula is considered an Elysium in the center of Danang city. Traveling on bendy roads, rolling around the mountain foot, tourists will surely be impressed by Linh Ung Pagoda where the earth meets the sky as well as by the simple but poetic Son Tra lighthouse. Built by the French in the 1950s, with a height of more than 200 meters above the sea level, Son Tra lighthouse is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Vietnam.

In the midst of white clouds, green plants, and blue sea, the lighthouse stands superbly and majestically, braving tough sea waves and strong mountain winds. From the lighthouse, tourists can have a good overview of a vast area below, enjoy fresh air, cool winds from the sea and feel the fragrance of the nearby forest. Decorated with rustic blue wooden windows and rose-mallow, the lighthouse looks fanciful, mysterious and sparkling on an early foggy morning.

The difference between Son Tra lighthouse and other famous resorts in Sapa, Dalat is that tourists can feel the coolness of the mountain wind and feel the salty air of the East Sea. In spring, millettia ichthyochtona flowers dye cliffs purple while other kinds of flowers along the path leading to the lighthouse, so tourists can feel peaceful while contemplating the whole city from a height in the mist with extreme pleasure. For those who want to be in a peaceful place, different from bustling cities, Son Tra lighthouse is an ideal place to visit.

Source: en.qdnd.vn

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Da Nang named green city

Da Nang city has been given the title of National Green City 2017-18 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)’s One Planet City Challenge programme, making it onto a list of 21 cities from around the world.

Da Nang city has been given the title of National Green City 2017-18 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)’s One Planet City Challenge program, making it onto a list of 21 cities from around the world. Vice-Chairman of the municipal people’s committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, said the award was a tribute to the city’s endeavors over past decades to commit to sustainable development.  

Da Nang, along with other cities in Vietnam including Hue, Hoi An, and Dong Ha, entered the One Planet City Challenge program in 2017 to show how cities can become hubs for creativity, ambition and innovation in dealing with climate change.

The four cites qualified out of 132 metropolises from 23 countries, but Da Nang was finally selected for the award.

The central city had submitted a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2016, along with plans for solar power development, biofuel use, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes and wastewater treatment.

According to a WWF statement, cities generate 70 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, and the WWF’s One Planet City Challenge was a biennial competition that recognized and rewarded cities for developing infrastructure, housing, transport and mobility solutions to power the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

It said 50 percent of the global population lived in urban areas, and cities would be home to about 6 billion people by 2050.

Da Nang city is giving top priority to high-tech and clean technology investment projects to become a green city by 2025.

In 2012, Da Nang city was selected for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation project along with 20 low-carbon model cities with energy-efficient technologies, smart grids and renewable power generation.

The city had cut 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions through a pilot project of low-carbon models including battery-powered bicycles, renewable energy, a metro system and BRT.

Da Nang city plans to build its first solar farm covering 6.7ha on the now-closed Khanh Son Landfill at a cost of 5 million USD, supplying 7.7 million kWh per year to the city’s power grid, and reducing nearly 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

The city has great renewable energy potential, with a 90km coastline, 2,000 hours of sunlight per year and an average wind speed of 3m per second.

According to the city’s Industry and Trade Department, around 30 percent of the city’s population were using solar power for water heaters, while around 20 five-star hotels and resorts were using solar power water heating systems.

The European Commission (EC) has also agreed to fund the city 415,000 USD to install solar equipment at health centers and schools, as well as research into solar technology capacity and management.

Da Nang city has also been operating 20 battery-powered cars to serve tourists on the Son Tra Peninsula since 2012. Japanese Mitsubishi plans to cooperate with Da Nang City in the production of battery-powered cars in the near future.

In 2016, the WWF recognized Hue city as Vietnam’s National Earth Hour Capital 2016 as part of the highly selective global Earth Hour City Challenge. The One Planet City Challenge was designed by the WWF to mobilize action and support from cities in global climate efforts, including the goals now set forth by the Paris Agreement. About 400 cities in the world have joined the program since 2011.

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Hoi An most relaxing place

Hoi An was a leading trading port in Southeast Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries. Cultural exchanges also took place, influencing the town in ways that remain visible today. Its architecture is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese, with a little Western as well. It became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999.

HOI AN MOST RELAXING PLACE. Hoi An ancient town in Vietnam’s central region has been listed by CNN as one of the 16 most relaxing places in the world. A luxury spa or a week-long retreat in the Himalayas isn’t needed for a touch of tranquility as the world boasts many places to be at peace for a few days and Hoi An is just one such place. It’s no surprise the UNESCO-recognized ancient town is a Mecca for tourists, according to CNN. When the sun is out by the riverside it’s hard to find anywhere more serene in this wonderful country. It also recommended visitors discover the cafés that line the river serving bia hoi – a fresh, light local beer that’s brewed daily – and sit in the shade with glass in hand and watch the world go by, which is every bit as relaxing as an afternoon on the town’s long stretch of sand.  

Others on the list include the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs in England, Zermatt in Switzerland, Provence in France, Ise Jingu in Japan, the Yoga Barn in Bali, Sidi Chamharouch in Morocco, Saruni Samburu Safari Camp in Kenya, Nayara Springs in Costa Rica, and Wilderness Hotel in Finland. Hoi An was a leading trading port in Southeast Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries. Cultural exchanges also took place, influencing the town in ways that remain visible today. Its architecture is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese, with a little Western as well. It became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999.

Hoi An was also named among the Top 13 best destinations for solo travelers by Momondo, a UK travel fare aggregator and travel fare metasearch engine. It also made a list the 10 most-intriguing travel destinations in Southeast Asia in 2018, as voted by readers of Rough Guide, another UK-based travel site. In 2017 it was ranked seventh among the world’s 15 best cities, as voted by readers of Travel + Leisure, a US travel site. Its Hoai River and channels in the town center made the list of the ten most famous canals in the world on the US-based travel website touropia.com in 2014. Hoi An welcomed 2.68 million visitors, including 2 million international tourists, in the first half of this year, increases of 70 percent and 230 percent year-on-year, according to its people’s committee. Source: vneconomictimes.com

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Lang Co town – A quiet retreat for summer escapes

The small Lang Co town in Phu Loc district, Thua Thien – Hue province is located on the root of the imposing Hai Van mountain range. Endowed with over 10km long beach sloping gently to the pure water sea to shape an arc with the long and beautiful sand, Lang Co is a quiet note for summer escape.

NDO – The small Lang Co town in Phu Loc district, Thua Thien – Hue province is located on the root of the imposing Hai Van mountain range. Endowed with over 10km long beach sloping gently to the pure water sea to shape an arc with the long and beautiful sand, Lang Co is a quiet note for a summer escape. Lang Co possesses a distinctive charm every season of the year. In summer, Lang Co treats visitors with mild air, blue beaches, and golden sand, far different from the sweltering heat in other central places.

In autumn, the town is coated with fog and clouds. In winter, when Lang Co is less visited by holidaymakers, the beach and forest are brought back to their pristine beauty. In spring, the town is fuelled with the vitality of fishermen hauling in bumper catches on their first trips to sea in the Lunar New Year. But visiting Lang Co at any time of the year, tourists can enjoy a quiet retreat and feel the harmony between humans, sea and earth. It is said that if you haven’t visited Lap An lagoon, then you haven’t visited Lang Co yet.

The lagoon is one kilometer from the beach. With one side facing the grandiose Bach Ma mountain range and the other facing Lang Co bay, Lap An lagoon is a blend of green forest, hills and deep blue sky. On bright sunny days, the lagoon’s surface shines like a mirror reflecting the shadow of the mountains. The lagoon is at its most stunning at sunset when the sun gradually goes down behind the Bach Ma mountain range. The sunset brings a fascinating purple coat to the scenery. White storks cover the sky on their way to their shelters. Small fishing boats float on the lagoon while fishermen wait for a good haul at the end of the day.

The local fishermen are open-hearted and friendly. Most of them have lived in Lang Co town for generations and have earned their living from the abundant marine resources of the lagoon. Harvesting oysters, which are proudly dubbed as “heavenly pearl” by the locals, have brought a better life for the fishermen. The harvest and farming oysters in Lap An is rather simple. Fishermen utilize blown-out rubber tires, which are cleaned thoroughly in order to make floating oyster cultivation cages on the lagoon. The breeders collect oysters every day and sell them at the markets. The oysters have a rich, sweet and a little bit salty taste.

In the evening, when the wind calms down and blows gently, it is a perfect time to take a ride to the Hai Van mountain pass and admire the beauty of Lang Co from above. Although the road to the mountain pass is quiet, there are many sharp bends, thus the journey is not recommended for new riders. Looking from above, Lang Co bay looks like jade shining amid the forest and mountains. Its green mountains, tropical forests, smooth white sand and crystal clear waters never fail to lure visitors. It is not surprising that Lang Co was voted as one of the world’s most beautiful bays by the Worldbays Club in May 2009.

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Sheraton Danang Resort new package

The five-star Sheraton Grand Danang Resort is situated on the tranquil stretches of the white sand Non Nuoc Beach over an area of 17.3 landscaped tropical acres. Some 20 minutes from both Danang International Airport and Hoi An Ancient Town - UNESCO Heritage Site, the resort’s harmonious balance of stately grandeur amidst a picturesque natural landscape of green and blue offers a unique destination, where couples, families, as well as business and solo travelers can relax and feel at home with nature.

The Sheraton Danang Resort, a stylish and scenic beachfront destination on Vietnam’s central coast, is inviting guests to relax and reconnect with each other this summer, with a wide range of activities and experiences. Vietnamese residents and foreign ex-pats seeking a beachfront break this summer can now book the resort’s Local Resident Package.  

Available from VND5,800,000++ per night for a minimum two-night stay, this offer includes a credit of VND1,000,000 per day to use at the resort’s F&B outlets or spa, plus a late 3 p.m. check-out. The five-star Sheraton Grand Danang Resort is situated on the tranquil stretches of the white sand Non Nuoc Beach over an area of 17.3 landscaped tropical acres. Some 20 minutes from both Danang International Airport and Hoi An Ancient Town – UNESCO Heritage Site, the resort’s harmonious balance of stately grandeur amidst a picturesque natural landscape of green and blue offers a unique destination, where couples, families, as well as business and solo travelers, can relax and feel at home with nature.

More info and website: The Sheraton Grand Da Nang Resort. Source: The Saigon Times

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Hoi An City of lanterns

Hoi An - City of Lanterns. Laterns festival

HOI AN CITY OF LANTERNS. Hoi An is a city in Viet Nam about 30km to the south of Danang. The Old Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a typical trading port in Southeast Asia from the 15th to the 19th century. Indeed, thanks to its favorable location, Chinese and Japanese settlement, Hoi An became a busy trading port. Moreover, the handicraft villages such as lanterns, carpentry, pottery, vegetables… also created the busy trading port of Hoi An.

In particular, Hoi An is considered as the cradle of pure Vietnamese lanterns. Anyone who has ever been to Hoi An cannot forget its nostalgic beauty. Walking through the old quarter, you will immerse yourself in typical buildings of the Old Town of Hoi An of the 18th and 19th centuries with wooden houses, mossy walls and street vendors. Throughout the streets, you can see beautiful lanterns in different shapes in every restaurant, shops, hotels… Definitely, Hoi An cannot be completely beautiful without lanterns. The harmony of lanterns’ colors, the authenticity and the tranquility of the city make us fall in love with Hoi An.

Furthermore, contemplating lanterns in Hoi An is really interesting. Indeed, at every moment, they all have their own beauty. We can see all delicacy, creativity and talent of artisans by looking at these lanterns in the morning with all their details. When night comes, lanterns are bright and full of magic colors. It is lanterns that bring to Hoi An the poetic nocturnal beauty.

Actually, lanterns appeared in the late 16th century when the first Chinese came to settle. They hung the lamp to deal with the feeling of nostalgia. According to the local population, the craftsman Huynh Van Ba was the first one who studied, created and integrated the cultural characteristics of Vietnam into traditional lanterns. The process of making a lantern is a meticulous work that requires many skills of artisans. The main materials used are bamboo and silk which are familiar images in Vietnamese people’s life.

At first, the upper class in society was the only one who could have big lanterns decorated with Chinese characters or paintings hanging at home. Gradually, lanterns became popular for the middle class in the form of home decor by retaining its beauty, luxury and inherent charm.

Nowadays, lanterns come in various shapes, sizes as well as methods of construction. They can be spherical lanterns, pumpkin-shaped lanterns or rotating lanterns. Each shape and color of the lantern has a different meaning. For example, the rounds symbolize harmony and balance. This is a typical shape of lantern in Hoi An. According to folklore, a lantern hanging in the house is the symbol bringing more warmth, peace and luck to the home. If you have the chance to visit Viet Nam, you should not miss Hoi An and the contemplation of lanterns. Source: vietnamtourism.com

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