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Old November 30th, 2010, 03:36 AM   #81
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A the moment, I don't have the picture of the inside of Quoc hoc, these are the outside of the school :



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Hue student promotes vegetarianism


“Go vegetarian for the environment”
campaign kicked off last Wednesday in Hanoi and is set to launch in the rest of the country on October 10, to highlight how meat production contributes to global warming.

The campaign is spearheaded by Do Thi Thu Trang, a graduate student of environmental science at Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry in the central province of Thua Thien Hue, and sponsored by Live & Learn Vietnam, an environmental education-focused NGO involved in community development.


Thu Trang (L) joins friends of the Hue’s environmental club GREACT Hue to plant trees at Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry

Tuoi Tre spoke to Do Thi Thu Trang who is also the president of Hue’s environmental club GREACT Hue.

What inspired you to launch this campaign?

When I was a sophomore at Hanoi National University, I wanted to conduct research on vegetarianism and the environment but could not for a number of reasons.

Later I attended the 2010 Vietnam Youth & Sustainable Development Summit organized by Live & Learn Vietnam and learnt about many youth-initiated activities around the world. I became motivated to do something meaningful. I did some research and presented my ideas to other summit participants. I was happy that many people liked my idea and wanted to join.

What difficulties did you encounter in realizing this campaign?

As I began, I realized that although the concept of “climate change” is very popular, many still do not understand its causes and effects. Many still think of melting glaciers as something that happens somewhere faraway. Some people believe that a vegetarian diet does not provide enough energy and nutrients. Above all, people’s eating habits are hard to change, but we’ll do our best to make a difference.

How do you carry out this campaign?

We use relevant websites such as vegvietnam.com and Facebook to get our message out. We set up booths at environment-related festivals and events to inform people about the campaign. Also, as part of the campaign, we encourage participants eating vegetarian food alone, in group, with friends, colleagues or family and whether at home or at vegetarian restaurants to illustrate their experience with a story, message or photo. We reward good stories or photos.

How do you rate the feasibility of the campaign?

This is a 5-month campaign. The purpose is to help people understand, adopt and maintain monthly vegetarian habits. We also want them to continue once the campaign is over. I believe that the campaign will reach a lot of people.

Currently many international campaigns are addressing climate change such as United Nations Environment Program’s Billion Tree campaign, Global Campaign for Climate Action’s TckTckTck project and the 350 campaign to keep carbon dioxide emission under safe limits.

2010 is the United Nation International Year of Youth and I think Vietnamese youth are ready to join young people of the world in their global efforts to prevent climate change.

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Ancient persimmon honored as “Tree of Heritage” in Hue


A 312 year-old persimmon tree (scientific name: Diospyros decandra) in the central province of Thua Thien Hue was Friday acknowledged “Tree of Heritage” by Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE).


Trunk of the 312-year-old persimmon tree in Duong Xuan Ha Village in Hue City that is accredited “Tree of Heritage” on November 5, 2010

The ancient tree in Duong Xuan Ha Village in Hue City is 25m tall, with its trunk’s diameter measured at 4.2 meters, said VACNE chairman, Doctor Nguyen Ngoc Sinh.

Documents show that the tree was planted by Than Van Tham in 1698 at the location as a landmark for the village.

It has grown well over the years and produces fragrant orange-red fruits every summer though a small part of its trunk was hit and gutted by a metal piece of bomb shell in 1968.

Last month, VACNE honored nine 700-year-old trees in Hanoi as “Trees of Heritage”.

The title is awarded to ancient trees at least 100 years old, carrying special historical and cultural values attached to the localities.

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HVN ! please help me to post some pics of Quoc Hoc and HBT school, thanks in advance !
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Hue’s sensational sweet soups


The imperial city of Hue is not just famous for its citadels and pagodas. As a popular saying goes, “Hanoi has 36 streets, Hue has 36 kinds of sweet soup.”

The central city’s iconic che, as it is broadly known, is usually made from various kinds of beans and sometimes sticky rice, and can be served hot or cold as a dessert.


Che hat sen (lotus seed sweet soup)

A particular feature of Hue dishes, including che, that sets them apart from other regional cuisines in Vietnam, is their relatively small serving size and refined presentation, a vestige of their royal origin.

There are two types of Hue sweet soup, che cung dinh (royal sweet soup sold in restaurants) and che hem (hem means an “alley” in Vietnamese). The first is famous for its sophisticated cooking process and presentation while the second is a bit simpler.

But both reflect Hue people’s patience and devotion to work, which usually make their dishes sensational and unique.

It is very common for people drop into sidewalk shops run by street vendors in Hue to enjoy a bowl of sweet soup costing just VND5,000 (25 US cents).

Xich lo drivers drive tourists into narrow alleys where small shops serve even more delicious stuff for the same price.

The most popular che cung dinh dishes are che hat sen (lotus seed sweet soup; see photo), che hat sen long nhan (lotus seeds wrapped in longan pulp), and che dau ngu (kidney beans sweet soup).

The alleys sell a wide range of sweet soups, including che bap (corn sweet soup), che bot loc thit quay (sweet soup made from cassava flour and roasted pork), che khoai mon (taro), che chuoi (banana), and che buoi (sweet soup made from pomelo peel, green beans and cassava flour).

Hueans are proud of two ingredients that are unique to their sweet soup: lotus seeds and corn.

The best lotus seeds come from plants growing in Tinh Tam Lake, which records say King Minh Mang of the Nguyen Dynasty ordered built for entertainment. His servants used to make him fragrant tea from the seeds and petals taken from its lotuses.

The best corn comes from a field in Con Hen (Clam Isle), a poor area where residents make their living mostly from fishing and farming.

The islet is now a popular tourist spot which has many food shops selling com hen (clam rice) and che bap.

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Oh ! my school, very nice ! thanks !
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The beauty of the art Phap Lam Hue :

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Hue is the most beautiful city in Vietnam, it is very ancient and romantic. I am very happy to be there one time.
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Hue is the most beautiful city in Vietnam, it is very ancient and romantic. I am very happy to be there one time.
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Besides the beauty of the ancient and romance it is being built to be one of the modern and big cities of the middle of Vietnam !
Thanks for your visiting ! welcome back to Hue city !
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Preparing for Christmas in Hue city :

Century hotel :





Imperial Hotel :





Why not? Restaurant :

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Highway to Hue




By CHUSRI NGAMPRASERT
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Published on December 15, 2010

These days, making an overland trip from northeastern Thailand to central Vietnam is not only feasible, it's fun too

An empty can rolls on the bus floor and my young travel companion quickly reaches down and tucks it in the seat rack.

"How far is it to the next stop?" he asks.

"About an hour. Are you hungry?" Tan, our Vietnamese guide, replies looking at his watch.

The young man shakes his head and walks towards the guide and the driver. Once the bus stops at the roadside, he heads to the nearest bushes to relieve himself. At least three more guys follow him.

Being a man is very convenient when you're on a road trip.

Crossing the Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge over the mekong River from the northeastern province of Mukdahan, we are now heading to Vietnam through Laos via Route 9.

The road is straight but bumpy, the ruts caused by the container trucks travelling to the Sepon Gold and Copper Mine in Savannakhet. Our journey is slow, not because of speed cameras but because of the livestock that wanders across the highway.

Route 9 is part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a complex maze of truck routes and small paths running through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. It had existed for centuries and 40 years ago was used to provide manpower and material to the Viet Cong.

In the old days, an overland trip from Thailand to Vietnam took at least two days. Now the bus leaves Mukdahan in the morning and reaches the old capital of Hue in late evening,


The next morning we visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, which has its roots in a local legend. An old lady apparently appeared on the hill and said that a great leader would build a pagoda at this site to bring prosperity to the country. When Lord Nguyen Hoang heard of the story, he ordered the construction of the pagoda in 1601 and named it Chua Thien Mu, Heavenly Lady Pagoda.

The octagonal Phuoc Dien Tower has seven stories, each dedicated to a different Buddha, overlooks the Perfume River. "The huge marble tortoise here is very famous. It is believed that if you wish for good health and longevity, you should rub its head but if you wish for a good couple then rub its tail," Tan tells us with a cheerful smile.

Like an arrow shooting out of a bow, all the girls dash to the tortoise's rear end.

Through another gate is the main hall where Buddha is enshrined. A short walk to the back leads us to a complex of monastic buildings where the monks and novices live and practice Buddhism. The sound of children's laughter leads us to a hall where novices are practising their calligraphy. A burnt car is also on display.

"That car is a national relic. It is the car monk Thich Quang Duc drove to burn himself at an intersection in downtown Saigon to protest against the Diem regime's violations of religious freedom on June 11, 1963. His body was re-cremated during the funeral, but his heart remained intact. The heart is now placed in a glass chalice at Xa Loi Pagoda," Tan says.

Our next visit is Hue's Royal Palace, built in 1805 by Emperor Gia Long as a replica of the Forbidden City in Beijing but smaller in size. By the time the last Emperor of Vietnam stepped down in the mid 20th century, the Purple Forbidden City had acquired many dozens of pavilions and hundreds of rooms.


Across the bridge is Thai Hoa Dien, the Palace of the Supreme Harmony....

The Royal Palace was severely destroyed during the bombing of the city 1968. The splendid sight of the defensive fort and the Imperial Enclosure still remain but most of the Purple Forbidden City has been given over to vast rice fields.

The Royal Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh is our stop. The unpopular emperor ruled Vietnam for nine years and his tomb took 11 years to complete.

"To finance the tomb, he authorised the French to raise taxes on the peasantry and that make him an infamous ruler," Tan explains.

The tomb is small and adorned with coloured glass and ceramic chips to form mosaics of flowers and Chinese symbols of longevity while the ceilings are painted like the western churches, but with oriental design of dragons and clouds.

On the road again, this time to Danang, nobody seems bothered how long it will take.

"Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter," said English writer Izaak Walton.

I couldn't agree more.

IF YOU GO

Nok Air flies three times daily to Ubon Rachathani, three hours away from Mukdahan by bus. Visit www.NokAir.com.

The international coach departs Savannakhet, Lao township opposite Mukdahan, at 10am everyday (except for Sunday).

The writer travelled as a guest of Nok Air.

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sao trường ng̣ai Huế nh́n đẹp vậy
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2 truong noi tieng cua Hue la Quoc Hoc va Hai Ba Trung duoc XD tu thoi Phap thuoc nen gio no van con dep nguyen ven vay do !

These are the famous schools of Hue, built in French's dormination time so that up to now they still look very nice !
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Thai is top foreign visitors to Hue


More and more visitors from Thailand are traveling to Hue via the West-East Economic Corridor.

The number of Thai visitors to Hue increased from 4.7 percent in 2005 to 24 percent in 2010, putting them at the top of the list of foreign arrivals in Hue. As many as 6,000 Thai visitors arrived in Hue in a single day this year.

This is the result of close coordinated efforts between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand in improving transport infrastructure, expanding trade across the borders and reforming immigration procedures to create favourable conditions for tourism services to develop.

The West-East Economic Corridor stretches through Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to Vietnam. There is high hope that visitors will prefer to travel to Hue by road.

The province of Thua Thien-Hue had received 1.36 million visitors as of early December, a year-on-year increase of 11.7 percent, and earned VND774 billion, up 20.4 percent. The number of foreign visitors to Hue City increased by 7.9 percent. – VOV

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Hue's Banh Beo


By JOHN KRICH

Vietnamese rank the cuisine of Hue, their former imperial capital, as the country's most refined. However, in this gloriously underdeveloped outpost of traditional lifestyles, travelers often have to choose between bland hotel fare, pseudo-historic tourist traps and gritty street stalls.


Banh Beo (right), Ram It (left) and Banh Loc (bottom) served at Hang Me restaurant in Hue

The best and quickest way to encounter the subtle approach and small portions spawned by a courtly 19th-century culture may be through readily available snacks.

In Hue's most popular between-meals treat, the banh beo and its side dishes—rice flour, fish sauce and shrimp meat—are raised to truly regal heights.

THE HISTORY

Banh beo is sometimes translated as "water fern cake," but "fern-shaped cake" would be more accurate. And the plant in question is actually a thin, perfectly round water lily found on the surface of many ponds—and most likely favored by landscapers of the elegant noble estates around Hue.

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Goc Banh Beo Ba Cu, 93/5 Phan Dinh Phung

Banh Beo Huong Cung An Dinh, 93/9 Phan Dinh Phung


These are two barely covered outdoor eateries strung along an alley alongside the restored An Dinh palace in Hue's more modern downtown, south of the Citadel and the Perfume River. Come early enough to the latter and a peek into the large, open kitchen will reveal the entire process of mixing, stuffing and topping all the popular types of banh.

Hang Me, 45 Vo Thi Sau St.

This is one of three very popular spots, two adjoining, on a street within walking distance of Hue's backpackers' center. The hygiene, and hype, are more evolved here, including menus in English. But the banh beo didn't seem quite as fresh.
True to the name, the cake is thin and round, a dough of powdered rice and manioc (cassava), that gets its shape from the saucer it's steamed in. Bits of crumbled shrimp and fried pieces of pork skin are added for decoration, taste and texture, and a light fish sauce tops it off.

But what is not as clear about the derivation is whether the lineage of the dish is "imperial," as is claimed for most everything in this former feudal seat of the last Vietnamese dynasty.

Boi Tran, a renowned local painter who doubles as a chef, votes no: "It's just a humble snack." Yes, counters Tran Thi Bao Ngan, speaking for a family that cooks up hundreds of banh beo each day at their restaurant, Banh Beo Huong Cung An Dinh. "The Hue kings must have enjoyed this sort of thing, which is very small and delicate," she says.

Yet others suggest that any dishes served near or around banana leaves must be a legacy of the ancient Cham culture that once dominated Central Vietnam.

THE SETTING

In olden times, the banh beo were probably carted around the street by peddlers slinging bamboo poles over one shoulder. Today, the establishments that feature the snack are hardly more permanent—small dives barely removed from the street, some furnished with full tables but others just with the tiny stools that keep Vietnamese in touch with their sidewalk roots.

And, even though the banh beo will be what's advertised on the signboard or awning, the dish—usually served a dozen at a time—often is the centerpiece for an array of rolls and buns, available almost any time of the day, perfect for breakfast or late-night after-drinks nibbling. But the snack is favored by Hue residents around tea time, from 3 p.m. on. If carried away, it can also double as the evening meal.

The many pastry variations include banh uot, ultra-thin rice pancakes topped with fried shallots; banh nam, another Hue specialty, a gooey rice concoction grilled inside banana leaf; and banh ramit, a cholesterol kicker made of fried dough topped with icing of pork fat. Call it all the Vietnamese version of dim sum—as so much about Hue's traditions are markedly Chinese in influence—except that there's no requirement to accompany anything with tea. A wide range of beverages are acceptable, though one favored by many is indeed a tea of sorts, served cold and infused with ginger.

THE JUDGMENT

As one restaurant menu puts it, "Here we go! Fancy the special Hue seasonings to single bit of the Banh Beo!"

Everything about the banh beo should work harmoniously in a single bite: the soft but not too rubbery consistency of the steamed dough (made creamier by bits of melted lard), the freshness of the shrimp meat (best if fished from a nearby lagoon), the crunchiness of the cracklings, and—what most veteran local snackers stress—the unique balance of the sauce dribbled over everything, where the fish sauce plus sugar should somehow meld everything in a lingering flavor that isn't the slightest bit fishy or sugary yet hints of dried shrimp.

But lest aficionados get too carried away with fine distinctions, local guide Phan Quoc Vinh reminds, "This is what you call our comfort food, something we enjoy since we are babies."

— John Krich is a writer based in Bangkok.

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First heart transplant by 100% Vietnamese doctors


Updated : Wed, March 2, 2011,11:22 PM (GMT+0700)

Wednesday afternoon, doctor Bui Duc Phu, director of the Hue Central Hospital announced that his hospital has successfully carried out a heart transplant surgery for a 26-year-old male.


Duc can talk 7 hours after the surgery

This is the first heart transplant operation done 100% by Vietnamese doctors in Vietnam.

It is also the second successful heart transplant case in general in the country after the first one at the Military Hospital 103 – which was helped by foreign experts.

The 5-hour-long surgery on Tran Mau Duc of Hue city ended at 3am Wednesday.

By 10am Wednesday, Duc has regained consciousness and can talk.

President Nguyen Minh Triet personally congratulated the doctors.

According to Doctor Phu, this surgery was done with the participation of over 100 doctors and medical employees.

15 doctors were directly involved in the operation.

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Man miraculously recovers from VN’s rare surgery


Tuoi Tre Updated : Sat, March 5, 2011,2:07 PM (GMT+0700)


Duc himself could sit, drink three 375-ml bottles of milk each day, and eat soup during the past two days

26-year-old male patient Tran Mau Duc has recovered well from a rare heart transplant performed by 100% Vietnamese doctors – the first in Vietnam, said Dr. Dang The Uyen of the cardiovascular center in the Hue Central Hospital Firday afternoon.

Since yesterday afternoon, Duc’s organs have been functioning properly, said Uyen.
According to the hospital’s nurses, Duc himself could sit, drink three 375-ml bottles of milk each day, and eat soup during the past two days.

Uyen expressed her surprise after witnessing “his miraculous recovery”.

It’s expected Duc could walk by himself next week without assistance from nurses.

Earlier, Duc suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy and level-4 heart failure, putting his life at risk.

After 5-hour-long heart surgery on him Wednesday, Duc has regained consciousness and can talk.

President Nguyen Minh Triet personally congratulated the doctors.

According to Doctor Phu, this surgery was done with the participation of over 100 doctors and medical employees.

15 doctors were directly involved in the operation.

This is the first heart transplant operation 100% done by Vietnamese doctors in Vietnam.

It is also the second successful heart transplant case in general in the country after the first one at the Military Hospital 103 – which was helped by foreign experts.

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