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Five new tours offered in capital city's Old Quarter

Update: January, 13/2012 - 09:57

HA NOI — Tourists will have more opportunities to explore Ha Noi's Old Quarter in a more environmentally friendly way with the launch of five new tours that use electric cars.

The new tours, which were launched on Wednesday, take foreign and domestic tourists along 28 traditional trade streets in the Old Quarter, visiting historical sites, vestiges and old architecture to give participants an insight into local history and culture and the life of people in the area.

The new tours also visit handicraft artisans and highlight local cuisine.

Electric cars have been used for tours in the Old Quarter since 2010. They have served many tourists, with 30 per cent of tour participants being foreigners, according to Do Xuan Thuy, director of the Dong Xuan Company, which operates Old Quarter tours and services.

Stone museum to be recognised by Guinness

LAM DONG — Viet Nam's Guinness Records has granted a certificate to the first-ever Stone Museum in the country, owned by artisan Dinh Cong Phuong. The 6ha museum, located at 2-4 Tran Phu Street, Loc Nga District, Bao Loc City in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Lam Dong, showcases more than 3,000 stone samples and objects.

Several valuable gemstones and unique samples such as opal, agate, meteorite, and fossil wood, can be seen at the museum.

Charity concert raises funds for poor farmers


HCM CITY — The city's Farmers Association and HCM City Television (HTV) will hold a charity concert at the HTV Theatre tonight to help poor farmers in the city celebrate the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

Proceeds from the annual Tet Lam Dieu Hay – Vi Nong Dan Ngheo (Bringing a better Tet for the city's poor farmers) programme will be used to buy 2,000 water tanks and provide 1,500 health insurance cards, scholarships and presents for poor farming households.

This year, the organisers will also give 2,500 presents to orphans and disadvantaged children in the city.

The concert, featuring top pop artists will be broadcast live on HTV9.

Last year, the programme managed to raise VND5 billion (US$237,000), enabling 150 houses to be repaired or built, apart from providing 1,500 health insurance cards. — VNS

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