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Tourist attractions in Ninh Binh Province

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Attractions | 0 comments

Ninh Binh is a southern province of the Northern Delta. The nature favorably gave this land so many amazingly beautiful landscapes, attracting a lot of domestic and international tourists. It is a potential destination in Vietnam.

Ninh Binh Tourism is known for many famous caves such as Tam Coc – Bic Dong, Dich Long, Tien Cave, Hoa Son Cave and so on. Cuc Phuong National Park is well-known for the diverse flora and fauna species, especially 1000-year-old White Meranti tree. This land also treasures lots of cultural, religious and historic relics as Hoa Lu ancient city, Phat Diem Stone Church Complex, Non Nuoc Pagoda, etc. All of these relics have become the attractive destinations for domestic and international visitors.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Site

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Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Site is a landscape regarded as “Halong Bay on land”

Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Site is far from Ninh Binh City about 7km towards the south. It is a famous place in Ninh Binh and regarded as “Halong Bay on land”. There are unique tourism routes such as Tam Coc – Thai Vi – Mua Cave; Thach Bich – Thung Nang; Bich Dong Pagoda – Tien Cave – Chua Cave – Ghe Cave – Chim Valley and Doi Nham ecosystem tourist site. Depending on your time, you can choose to visit one or many visit routes and one of the most popular route of this area is Hoa Lu-Tam Coc tour that you can do the guided tour. Otherwise, you can discover the site according to the research-oriented tourism, cave discovery or visit to handicraft villages.

Hoa Lu ancient capital

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Hoa Lu is the capital city of the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam

Unlike the ancient imperial capital of Hue, Hoa Lu is the capital city of the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam. There are currently palace, temples, pagodas and tombs (until Dinh – Le Dynasties). Hoa Lu historic site also has the picturesque pagodas such as Ngan Xuyen Pagoda (near Ma Yen Mountain Foot) and Nhat Tru Pagoda (far from Le King Temple about 200 meters), attracting a number of visitors to Ninh Binh for wandering and sightseeing.

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda was built with the largest scale in Vietnam
Far from Ninh Binh City about 15km towards the north, Bai Dinh Pagoda has the largest scale in Vietnam with many records verified like Vietnam’s biggest bell, heaviest bronze-made statue, largest well and so on. Therefore, it is the cannot-miss destination when you take a tour around Ninh Binh

Cuc Phuong National Park

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Cuc Phuong is the home to many kinds of beautiful and rare insects

Far from Hanoi about 120km towards the Southwest, the forest has the total area of 22.200 ha, in which ¾ are Limestone Mountains which are high from 300 meters to 600 meters above the sea level. Cuc Phuong National Park treasures 71 animal species, including 319 bird species, 33 reptile species, 16 amphibians and other rare animals like bears, horses, panthers, etc. In this place, there is a special area for semi-natural breeding to conserve some kinds of animals like deers, Indochinese rhesus macaques, and polatouches and so on. Moreover, Cuc Phuong is the home to many kinds of insects and hundreds of unique birds.

Trang An Ecosystem Tourist Site

Far from the city about 7km, Trang An Ecosystem Tourist Site is the place for tourists to discover the amazing caves to know more about the history and culture of Ninh Binh. Its total area is 1961 ha with 31 valleys, nearly 50 caves stretching over 10km across the river towards the north and historic sites closely attached to Hoa Lu ancient city.
Beside some famous places for Ninh Binh Tourism mentioned above, there are a lot of other attractive sites such as Tien Cave, Hoa Son Cave, Van Trinh Cave, Ga Channel and so on. Just take these suggestions as reference and then, plan for your own trip to Ninh Binh Province as your wish.

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Phat Diem Stone Church

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Phat Diem Stone Church, an architectural masterpiece is one of the tourist attractions in Ninh Binh Province and far from Hanoi 130km towards the south. It is a masterpiece built by vicar Tran Luc (often called “cu Sau” in Vietnamese) from 1875 to 1899. This is a architecture complex according to the combination of the Eastern temple style and Gothic architecture of Western churches, including lakes and ponds, main church, side churches, stone church and stone cave.

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France’s Loire River Valley (Valley of Kings)

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Attractions | 0 comments

France’s Loire River valley is home to stunning scenery and historic chateaux. Since the 11th century, French Kings and Nobles came to the scenic Loire Valley to hunt and relax

Flanking the longest river in France, the Loire Valley is often called the “Valley of Kings”. Since the 11th century, French kings and nobles came to the Loire Valley to hunt and relax. They built magnificent chateaux, more than 100 of which remain today.

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Touring chateaux that date back to the Renaissance is like going back in time. Photo by amyvermillioninteriors

Strolling along the Loire River and gazing at chateaux dating back to the Renaissance is like going back in time. Despite the ups and downs of history, the Loire still boasts a variety of chateaux in diverse styles. The Loire Valley is also one of France’s most famous wine regions, the river lined by lush vineyards. Every wine brand that originates in the Loire is associated with a chateau.

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Most of these chateaux were built during the Middle Ages and Renaissance from white stone or marble. One of the most enticing is the Chateau de Blois, constructed at the behest of the Duke of Chatillon. It comprises four separate wings encircling a public yard and resembles a medieval castle mirrored in the Loire River. In 1498, Blois was made into a royal residence. It accommodated seven kings and nine queens of France. Each symbol in this chateau is linked with a specific figure; Francois I with a fire-breathing dragon; Louis II with a porcupine,… Pillars in the chateau feature carved fleurs de lis, a symbol of the French royal family.

Equally impressive is the Chateau de Chambord, built under the reign of King Francois I (1515 – 1547) and influenced by Renaissance architecture. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage, Chambord measures 156m in length, 56m in height and boasts 440 rooms set in lush forests spanning 4,440 hectares. Home to various kings, Chambord houses a collection of invaluable artefacts that draw visitors from all over the world. Visitors flock here to admire the breathtaking gardens. In 1992 the first International Bonsai Festival took place at this chateau.

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Not far from Chambord lies the chateau of Chenonceau, built between 1513 and 1521. Known as “the Chateau of Ladies”, it is associated with strong Renaissance women. Viewed from afar, Chenonceau seems to float on the water because its outer vaults are built across the Cher River, a small branch of the Loire. The lavish beauty of Chenonceau is further accentuated by two royal gardens.

The chateau of Cheverny to the south of the Loire River has a collection of rare household items. Walls are draped in leather or decorated with old tapestries. Furnishings and ornaments are virtually intact, transporting visitors to the past.

The architectural diversity, historical value and cultural significance of these chateaux make the Loire Valley a marvelous destination.

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10 cannot-miss tourist attractions for traveling to Australia

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Attractions | 0 comments

There are a lot of interesting things to discover and experience for tourists visiting Australia such as discovering the lifestyles of aborigines on the island, relaxing on the beach in the sunlight of the sunset or experiencing the night life of the city and much more.
Located in the middle of Pacific and Indian Ocean, Australia is the world’s largest island country and also the smallest continent.

Below is the suggestion of 10 attractive tourist sites in Australia:

Adelaide

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Adelaide is a center of the south of Australia. It is the third largest city of the country with the population of more than 1.2 million people. Over ¾ population in the south of Australia are living in Adelaide. The city is on a plain between Adelaide Hill and St. Vincent Bay, surrounded by the famous wine hill in Australia. With the long standing history, this place has many churches and building built according to the colonial architecture style.

Darwin

Located along the coastline of the Northern Territory, Darwin has traded with almost the big cities of the country and other nations in Indian Ocean. Despite being destructed heavily under the World War II, Darwin residents were always resilient to fight against the enemies to protect their beloved hometown. Currently, the city becomes one of the most attractive tourism spots in Australia.

Hobart

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Hobart is the city on Tasmania Island with the second long standing history, just after Sydney. With the population of about 250.000 people, Hobart is a small but friendlier city than others in Australia. The city has many construction works according to Georgia and Victoria architecture styles such as Salamanca Place. In which, there was an area for whaling in 1830.

Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland State with the population of approximately 2 million people, making it the third largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne. Brisbane has the warm climate all year around with the beautiful landscapes and hospitable locals. Therefore, this is the most fast-moving city in Australia.

Perth

With the location along the coastline of the southwest in Australia, Perth is the fourth largest city and also the center of the Western Australia. In spite of the thousands years of history, Perth with 2 million inhabitants is now very modern, lively and friendly.

Melbourne

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Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria State. The population in Melbourne is the second largest all over the country. Located on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is the port city and regarded as the cultural center of the nation. The city is famous for shopping, restaurants and sports so it can be said Melbourne is the ideal destination for those who are seeking for experiences of the civilized lifestyle

Cairns

With the tropical climate and the position near Great Barrier Coral reefs, Cairns is one of the most well-known resort stop in Australia. In the corner of the Northwest of Australia, Cairns just have 150.000 residents with the typical features such as many wild animals in the suburban areas. If tourists choose to visit this city, it will be a wonderful experience for adventure trip.

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Alice Springs

Alice Springs has a lot of cliffs and caves with the immense dessert landscape. It also has the aborigines living in the remote areas. It is the ancient land of Australia, especially, remote area Red Centre which has the interesting sites for adventure travels such as Uluru / Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and Kings Canyon

Great Barrier Reef

One of the top tourism destinations for the explorers and divers is Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef in the world. Its location is in the Coral Sea, outside Queensland State. The coral reef consists of more than 2.900 coral species from hundreds of islands. Here, there are millions of microorganisms living about millions of years ago
Great Barrier Reef has the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Thus, it is a tourist attraction for those who want to discover Australia

Sydney

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Located on the coastline of the southeast of Australia, Sydney is the center of New South Wales State. It is a modern city with the long standing history and splendid landscapes. The port area has inhabitants living thousands of years ago. In 1780, the criminals were sent to this city in Australia
Nowadays, Sydney is the top tourist destination of the county and famous for Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House which are both symbolic to the city

In conclusion, you should take a visit to Australia to experience and discover the tourist sites of the country and get more memories.

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Seasons of Towada

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Attractions | 0 comments

The area around the Towada region is blessed by the four charming seasons of Japan with all their distinct tones, colors and essences.

Hachimantai

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Fall colours from Hachimantai! It was too cloudy so couldn’t capture it well. Photo: gayatriisingh

The 1613m volcanic plateau Hachimantai and Lake Towada in Aomori make up Towada-Hachimantai National Park. The area boasts meandering walking routes alongside various lagoons and hot springs. Hachimantai is beautiful throughout all the four seasons. Particularly, from late September to mid-October, the autumn is breathtaking with leaves transforming the mountains with a red and gold palette.

Towada Lake

Towada Lake is part of Towada-Hachimantai National Park and the largest volcanic crater on Honshu Island, the main island of Japan. Straddling the borders of Akita and Aomori prefectures, the area is famous for its autumn colors and particularly the surroundings of Oirase Spring, one of the best known sites of autumn admiration of Japan.

Kakunodate

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Photo by shenguyu

Kakunodate is a town of castles and ancient samurai fortresses in the present Akita Prefecture. While the old Kakunodate Castle was destroyed, the town has not been substantially changed since its foundation in 1620, including two separate quarters for samurais and merchants. Once a quarter of 80 households, the samurai quarter still boasts quintessential houses of this class in Japan.
Kakunodate is also known to be the most recognizable cherry blossom quarter in Tohoku region. Around late April and early May, legions of watchers flock here to admire the spectacular mingling between cherry blossoms and historical houses of Kakunodate.

Aspite Line

Aspite Line is a 27-kilometer sightseeing route that runs through Towada-Hachimantai National Park and stretches up to Iwate and Akita. With only one house left on the top, it’s a fine sightseeing location, particularly in the autumn when you can take a panoramic view of colorful oak and pine trees. Aspite Line is closed in the winter due to heavy snow; however in April, the line is reopened in a striking manner with high walls of snow flanking the way, some of which can reach up to 6 meters in several areas, so sharp and precipitous as if they were cut with knives right at the very start of their formation. Experiencing both winter and spring on the Aspite Line by driving through the snow corridor which leads to cherry blossom trees in full bloom in Kakunodate is unforgettable

Shirakami Mountains

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Shirakami Sanchi is a wide mountain range stretching between Aomori and Akita in the north of Tohoku region in Japan. The core of Shirakami Sanchi was formed out of the last primordial oak forests in Japan, which was altogether registered as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Japan in 1993

The main attraction of Shirakami Sanchi lies in walking routes of different distances that lead through forests to waterfalls, mountain peaks and lakes. The most popular walking route leads to Anmon Falls in the northeast of Shirakami Sanchi.

Anmon Falls are three waterfalls situated about 90 minutes’ walking distance to the valley from the forest entrance, and are inaccessible from late November to late April.

Nishiki Katakuri

Nishiki Katakuri Colony is unique because its total area is one of the largest flower colonies in Japan, four times larger than the Tokyo Dome (200,000sqm). Although eight years to bear blossoms and prove quite sensitive to different climate conditions, Katakuri trees are extensive in the Colony thanks to their favorable conditions, fertile soil and the abundant sunlight that fades away as reflected from the upper part of the forest. It’s the reason why it is a large habitat of violets. Also in the autumn, the Colony is famous for Saimyo-ji Guri,the largest chestnut species in Japan whose seeds are larger than a child’s hand.

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Yokote Castle

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Yokote Castle was constructed by the Onodera clan in the 16th century. Onodera daimyos ruled until the outburst of Sekigahara Battle in 1600. After Sekigahara Battle, Onodera daimyos were sent to Shimane Prefecture and replaced by Satake daimyos of Mito. Yokote Castle was an important landmark of the southern territories of Satake. In the Edo era, the rule of the castle was handed over from Satake to Date, Suda and Tomura until Meiji Era. In 1868, the castle was reduced to ashes in a battle of Boshin War.

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Bruges (Belgium) – A Belgian Venice

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

I arrived in Bruges – the “Belgian Venice” – on an early autumn day. The Northern sun cast its gleaming velvet light on Gothic buildings which seemed to float on canals, and ancient Bruges greeted me with jangling horse bells and clomping horseshoes on old alleys paved with medieval tiles.

Bruges was a robust harbor city between the 12th and 15th centuries, as trading vessels from throughout Europe came offering pepper, cinnamon, chili and agricultural staples to trade for Flemish wools and cottons. Canals connecting Zeebrugge with the center of Bruges were the crucial transport network of the town during its golden days and now contribute to this well-preserved floating city’s status as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Bruges – Belgian Venice

The medieval city of Bruges entices with well-preserved architecture and delicious chocolate, fries and beer

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Bruges boasts some of the most unique museums in Belgium: The Fries Museum (Frietmuseum), Chocolate Museum, Beer Museum De Halve Maan, Diamond Museum and Groeninge Museum, which displays art by painters who lived and worked in Bruges from the 14th to the 20th century. In fact, the town itself is an outdoor museum that exhibits architectural masterpieces and countless bridges crossing centuries-old canals. Highlights include Beguinage Castle, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Church of Our Lady, the Saint Salvator Cathedral, Mariastraat Cathedral, the Tomb of Duke Charles the Bold, the City Hall of Bruges on the Burg Square, St. John Hospital and Begijnhof Monastery.

My journey to discover Bruges began on a canoe packed with dozens of visitors from all over the world. The canoe pilot and a tour guide led us along Groenerei Canal, the main route for exploring Bruges. The canoe snaked through floating buildings along river banks, crossed beneath curved stone bridges and sometimes turned down narrow canals, revealing modest rooms looming behind old green shades. On each of these 30-minute trips, the canoe driver took us to the outstanding constructions of Bruges and told us of the golden age and fall of the town as well as the miraculous revival of this outdoor museum since the turn of the 20th century. Like a short film rolling through the memories of the narrator, a Bruges of the past and present revealed itself to me.

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I left the canoe at a wharf sprinkled with flowers at the other end of town. There stands the Church of Our Lady, home to the masterpiece “Madonna of Bruges” sculpture by Michelangelo, which was the only of his works to leave Italy during his lifetime. It seemed that all the ancient lanes in downtown Bruges led to this church. From here, visitors can branch out to admire other architectural masterpieces of Bruges, where every single fairylike gate is marked with UNESCO’s Blue Shield symbol, representing a commitment to protecting humanity’s cultural sites.
Joining the throng of visitors strolling along narrow and labyrinthine alleys, I crossed bridges that led to other jewels of Bruges in hopes of exploring all the wonders of the harbor town while the sunset fell.

Take a look at the ancient imperial capital of Hue

The kingdom of chocolate, fries and beer

However, there is much more to Bruges than its ancient buildings – no visitor should miss out on the city’s chocolate, fries and beer. Belgium is the kingdom of chocolate and Bruges is undoubtedly its heart, as numerous chocolate shops permeate the town with their sweet fragrance. In these stores, some of the finest chocolate of Belgium and the world comes in all styles, shapes and sizes. I also stopped by the Chocolate Story, a museum where all things related to chocolate were on display: cocoa beans, chocolate making tools, statues of Mayans – the first people to use cocoa – sculptures of chocolate, legends of the goddess of chocolate and the history of chocolate production. Stepping out of the museum, my newfound knowledge of chocolate only added to the irresistible appeal of this sweet obsession.

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Bruges is a place where one will frequently encounter visitors strolling through the Old Quarter, carrying paper cones of salted fries served with mayonnaise and other delicious sauces, perhaps on their way to the unique Frietmuseum. However, the finest delicacy in Bruges for me was beer. The town is the home to various renowned beer brands of Belgium such as Bruges Tripel, Bruges Blond, Bruges Babbelaar, Brugs, Bruges Straffe Hendrik, and many more. The beer I loved the best was a dense concoction brewed by monks that resembles golden honey and is stored in drum-shaped oak barrels.

After a long day spent exploring, I stopped by a beer pub by St. John Cathedral for Cloister Beer and lamb ribs while Bruges was draped in the dark blanket of falling sunset. As the sunset gleam faded away, light from church belfries and the window panes of old castles cast a warm glow. Another side of Bruges emerged, as visitors began flocking to Market Square in the downtown to continue their explorations of the town’s nightlife.

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A cultural revival in Hue

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Festival and Culture | 0 comments

Two recent tourist attractions offer visitors a taste of life in the ancient imperial capital of Hue

Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion (the name means “Reign of Peace Worldwide”) was constructed in 1923 under the rule of Emperor Khai Dinh (1916-) 925), meant to commemorate his 40th birthday. The pavilion was built on the former foundation of an 1804 temple named Tu Thong which had served as an outpost for Imperial City guards. After its construction, Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion was dedicated to the emperor and his royals for relaxation and to princes and princesses for daily studies during the last years of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945)

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The two-story Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion was designed in a colonial style. From the second floor, visitors can take a panoramic view of the majestic landscape of ponds, green trees and undulating roofs of the Imperial City and observe the peaceful everyday life inside the Forbidden City. It was rumored that Emperor Thieu Tri enjoyed the sight of his entire royal palaces from this pavilion, which inspired him to write his “Ten sights of the palaces” poems. Each of these poems was illustrated and carved on woodblock prints, then sent to China to be etched on mirrors.

For a long time Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion had fallen into ruin, but in 2010, the site was restored to its original glory. Today, the Pavilion has become the site of imperial-style cultural events with a strong contemporary touch. Audiences can enjoy improvised versions of Hue chamber music, displays of Hue Tuong masks or Tru singing of old Thang Long.

Le Quy Duong, one of Vietnam’s leading directors, has worked in partnership with the Center for Preservation of Hue Former Citadel to restore and develop events for Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion and Long Quan royal boat. He said in the near future his company would host an amateur music night in Hue’s former citadel, while Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion will be utilized by artists and scholars to exchange ideas and new research about Hue. In the future, several UNESCO-recognized genres, such as Noh theater of Japan, traditional dances of India and the culture of Australian aboriginals will also be featured at the site.

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Along with Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion, the Long Quan royal boat at the Greeting Temple is a unique location for concerts and a way to enjoy and admire the Perfume River at sunset. This luxurious craft was modeled after Te Thong royal boats of the Nguyen Dynasty. It measures 30 meters long and can accommodate 100 guests. Traveling along the tranquil Perfume River, visitors will pass Linh Mu Pagoda, Ngoc Tran Mount and Hon Chen Temple while hearing stories of ancient royal life before joining a “Royal Banquet” that is hosted right on board.
Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion and Long Quan royal boat are helping to diversify the tourist attractions on offer in Hue. These two sites will help preserve and promote cultural values of Hue while promising to leave a strong impression on both domestic and foreign visitors to the old imperial capital.

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