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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
For the Cham ethnic people, ceramics not only are used as daily utensils, but more importantly, they are an intermedia for them to connect with gods. Bau Truc pottery village in Ninh Thuan province is a perfect destination for visitors to explore the quintessence of Cham pottery making and their unique culture.
Da Lat, known as the city of flowers, is set to become a fresh flower export hub in Southeast Asia. The central highlands city aims to raise its annual flower export value far beyond the current 50 million US dollars to match its capacity of producing yearly 3.1 billion flower branches. 
Then singing, regarded as the tunes of gods and fairies, deeply shows the religious life and culture of the Tay, Nung and Thai in the northern mountainous region. With its human values, the folk singing has been recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
Nearly ten years after implementing the national target program for building a new-style countryside, Dong Nai has completed the program ahead of schedule. All districts and communes in the province have met the criteria of a new-style countryside, making Dong Nai a spotlight in the program’s implementation.
The southernmost provinces of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu have recently emerged as Vietnam’s largest shrimp exporters, helping Vietnamese shrimp secure a foothold on the world seafood market.
In the old days, Dong Ho paintings were used as decorations at every home in the northern delta during the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). Hanging a Dong Ho painting in the home at the beginning of a new year was believed to bring happiness and prosperity for the family. The folk paintings have become part of Vietnamese life through generations and are now used in the modern arts, including painting, sculpture, fashion and pottery.
Vietnam is estimated to annually discharge between 0.28 and 0.73 million tons of plastic litter into the ocean, accounting for 6% of the world’s total. The country is among the four top marine polluters after China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Vietnam is taking drastic measures to stop this pollution, especially in the ocean. It has targeted to phase out single-use plastics by 2025.
Hoi An has surpassed Tokyo and Rome to become the world’s best city of 2019 voted for by Travel+Leisure magazine.
Ly Son island is a gorgeous geopark with geography formed by ten volcanoes from the prehistoric age. The island is also home to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Flotilla which protected Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes four centuries ago.

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