by Phuong Mai
Bien Hoa fan club
A group of youth called Bien Hoa Fans working and studying in Dong Nai Province has developed public tours to show their love for their 314-year-old city.
The tour, called Hanh Trinh Kham Pha Bien Hoa (A Journey to Discover Bien Hoa), visits beautiful landscapes and historical sites in the city located 32 km northeast of HCM City, lying along the Dong Nai River.
One of the many sites they tour includes the Nguyen Huu Canh Temple that worships the man who founded and developed the city. They also visit entertainment areas like the Buu Long Amusement Park as well as industrial parks.
The six four-member teams also took part in outdoor activities to learn about the city's culture and history. In one activity, they looked for letters hidden at the sites and had to answer them to continue the tour.
Also on the itinerary was the popular site Tran Bien Temple of Literature, built in the late 17th century to honour people who had made great achievements, and Cu Lao Pho (Pho Islet), the first administrative area of the city.
Lu Le Dang Khoa, a Bien Hoa Fans member, said he understood more about the city that he loves. The trip ends today (Aug 26).
Taxi driver acts as midwife
Nguyen Van Con, a driver with Mai Linh Taxi in Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam helped to deliver a baby in the early morning of August 22, according to Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper.
At 4:30 am that day, Con received a call to take a pregnant woman and her husband who live in the province to Hoi An General Hospital.
On the way, the woman, Pham Thi Phuong, went into labour and could not wait until the car arrived at the hospital.
Con stopped the car, and together with Phuong's husband, helped her give birth under instructions from a switchboard operator.
The mother and child were driven to the hospital and both were pronounced healthy.
According to an old Vietnamese custom, a driver will become unlucky if a woman gives birth in his vehicle. But Con said that he was happy to help Phuong and her child. — VNS