The mountain, located between Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces, is 2,996 meters high. A typical trek to the top of the mountain takes 2 days and a night. The most popular trek to the mountain starts from Ta Leng Commune, Tam Duong District in Lai Chau Province. Visitors can catch a bus to Sa Pa town in Lao Cai Province, then rent a bike to reach the foot of the mountain. Alternatively, they can choose to travel from Ha Noi to Lai Chau Province, stop at Ta Leng and rent a motorbike taxi to arrive at the trekking point. From Ta Leng Commune, visitors can follow the trails to reach the summit. On the way to the top, trekkers can enjoy the maple trees that forest the mountain. In April, the maple leaves are all green, but when autumn arrives in October, the forest will wear a red and golden cover. So October is another good time to visit the mountain. The Ta Lien forest is mostly pristine with hundred-year-old trees covered in moss. The only sign of human inhabitation in the vast forest is a … [Read more...] about Azalea blooms put a spring in your step on Ta Lien Mountain
Blueberry leaves turning red
With the sight of red leaves from Bang trees on the streets of Hue, the colours bring about a nostalgic feeling among visitors. The red colours of the falling leaves match the architecture of the ancient city. Couples can enjoy a romantic walk along the streets covered with red leaves. As spring emerges, a number of Bang trees in Hue are undergoing their leaf-changing season. As the season begins, dark green leaves slowly turn into yellow, then red, before finally falling on the sidewalks. Many trees are starting to look bare as so many red leaves have fluttered down from the branches. People enjoy taking photos of the red leaves in the streets. Let’s view some more romantic images of Bang trees when their leaves turn red in Hue: With the sight of red leaves from Bang trees on the streets of Hue, the colours bring about a nostalgic feeling among visitors. The red colours of the falling leaves match the architecture of the ancient city. … [Read more...] about Hue streets awash with red as Bang leaves emerge
It is not clear whether they are a satirical spoof but the videos are clearly a response to a spate of recent accidents where people waiting on motorbikes at red lights have been killed and injured. The most horrific accident of them all happened in southern Long An Province early this month, killing four and injuring many others when a truck driver high on alcohol and heroin plowed into dozens of motorbikes waiting at a traffic light. Last October, a Saigon woman driving under the influence killed one person and injured five. The woman was speeding on Dien Bien Phu Street and approaching the Saigon Bridge as she lost control and crashed her BMW into five motorbikes waiting at the Hang Xanh intersection traffic light. These and other similar incidents have led to anger and fear that commuters are not safe when stopping at traffic lights. The incidents have prompted a few youngsters to offer "solutions" on how to safely wait at a red light. They have posted several videos on Facebook … [Read more...] about A red light traffic safety maneuver goes viral
A photo posted on social media, showing people stopping at red lights before leaving their electric bikes and motorcycles and sitting on the side of the road.-- Photo yeah1.comViet Nam News A series of tragic accidents, in which vehicles ploughed into other road users waiting at traffic lights, in Long An Province, Hà Nội and Đà Nẵng last week has caused concern among the general public. The incidents left a number of people dead and others seriously injured. It seemed that the roads were unsafe, even while waiting for a red light. In response, photos and clips have been posted on social media, showing people stopping at red lights before leaving their electric bikes and motorcycles and sitting at the side of the road. As the light turns green, the motorcyclists get back on their bikes and ride away. Some users took the opportunity to post parody videos, making light of the situation. The captions on the posts read: ‘Now at red lights we take … [Read more...] about Time to stop the ’red light’ videos?
Poster mash-up: ODDO made a propaganda look-a-like poster for turning Banana Island into a public park. — Photo courtesy of ODDO Architects Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà We drive to Long Biên Bridge to get to Bãi Giữa, more commonly known as Banana Island, a 24ha stretch of land in the middle of the Red River. Running down from the centre of the bridge is a steel staircase leading to an island covered by a green canopy of banana, papaya and guava trees, interspersed with the cloudy-white flowers of the wild reeds. The area is vast with no roads, just beaten paths zigzagging behind gardens and trees. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city we left behind. "It’s very quiet down here," says Marek Obtulovic from ODDO Architects, as his colleague Nguyễn Hoàng Long nods in agreement. As we walk under the shade of numerous banana leaves, Obtulovic stops and says: “This is where our … [Read more...] about Nostalgic Future: Turning Banana Island into Green Lungs of Hà Nội