14 localities cover basic doses of COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 12 -17 The Ministry of Health reported on December 27 that as many as 14 localities nationwide have fully covered the basic doses of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 12-17. Meanwhile, 11,218,402 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 have been administered to people of this age group, including 7,346,621 first shots and 3,871,421 second ones. The coverage rates of at least one shot and two jabs are 80.7 percent and 42.5 percent of the total population in this age group, respectively, the ministry said. By region, the respective rates are 75.4 percent and 28.8 percent in the North; 69.2 percent and 26.7 percent in the central region; 80.1 percent and 6.6 percent in the Central Highlands; and 91.3 percent and 70.8 percent in the South. The localities that have fully covered the basic doses for people aged 12-17 are Ha Nam, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang, Tay Ninh, Ben … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES DECEMBER 29
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In January, the New York Times included Con Dao, the 16-island archipelago in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, in its list of "52 places to love in 2021." Phong Nha-Ke Bang, a UNESCO heritage site, was chosen among the world's 25 best national parks by TripAdvisor readers in February. In March, Hanoi and Da Lat were included in a list of 14 best Asian spots to watch spring flowers by Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. In April, Dam Trau on Con Dao Island was named among 25 best beaches in the world by U.S. travel site Travel+Leisure. In May, Hai Van mountain pass in central Vietnam was listed as the world's fourth most beautiful drive by American site Travel+Leisure. In June, the old Hoi An Town was ranked eighth in the annual list of 10 cheapest tourist destinations in the world by the UK’s Post Office. In July, HCM City was named among the world’s 100 greatest places by the Time magazine. In August, British travel publication Rough Guides … [Read more...] about Vietnamese tourist hotspots that glowed on the global map in 2021
The move is expected to reduce congestion at the shared border gates between the two countries in Lang Son and Quang Ninh after China has suspended imports of Vietnamese dragon fruits via two key border gates with Vietnam since December 29, 2021. Data of the General Department of Vietnam Customs shows that nearly 35 percent of Vietnamese dragon fruit exports to China went through border gates in Lao Cai. The lift of the ban resulted from multiple efforts made by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Vietnamese localities to work with the China side on the issue since then./. VNA … [Read more...] about China reopens one border gate for Vietnamese fresh fruits
The three-compartment stilt house consists of 8,726 planks of ca chit wood. Photo mytour.vn The unique architecture of stilt houses has been inextricably linked with Central Highland culture and tradition for thousands of years. Ethnic minorities in the region have built their houses with designs suitable to their customs and living habits. But there is one stilt house that perhaps stands out more than the others, in Đôn Village, Krong Na Commune, Buôn Đôn District, Đắk Lắk Province. The house reveals the secrets of a man they called "Elephant King", as well as the living environment of the Ê Đê, M'Nông and Lao people of more than a century ago. The stilt house has a reputation throughout Southeast Asia as the original residence of the most skilful elephant hunter in the region, a man famed for his ability to tame the mammalian colossi. It was Y Thu Knul (1828 -1938), the Đôn Village founder and elephant hunter, who publicly cleared and opened the land to build the village. … [Read more...] about Secrets of the Elephant King’s stilt house
Cranes unload cargo from a ship at Da Nang seaport. (Source: VNA) Da Nang (VNS/VNA) - Local property developer BRG Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Group have submitted investment proposals as part of their ongoing development of key infrastructure and logistics networks upgrades in the central city. The proposals were submitted during a meeting with the city's leaders as part of Da Nang's development towards becoming a 'smart' city. The city’s Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) said BRG and Sumitomo said they will strengthen logistics networks and the air and sea connections, to improve Da Nang’s resiliency and enhance economic growth. It said the two businesses are willing to jointly promote the Lien Chieu deep-sea port, Da Nang International Airport, logistics centre and seaport and airport connections. “It’s just a meeting in introducing the city’s capability and experience at investment promotion projects to key investors. The two investors have kept their eyes on … [Read more...] about BRG, Sumitomo to eye on Da Nang’s infrastructure projects
Hanoi plans to build three urban railway lines in the next five years. The planning of five urban railway routes was announced by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in 2006 along the six existing tramcar lines since 1900 and the railway through Hanoi since 1902. Urban railway lines extend in all directions, double the length. But after 100 years, trains of different kinds need to change. To carry more cargo and run faster, they need to be elevated or go underground. With old railway routes, townhouses were built as far as railways reached. Railway developers were allocated land alongside the railways to do business. As such, the city did not have to spend money to develop railways, while its revenue increased thanks to the tax collections. But with new railways routes, the city has no land to sell. It has to borrow money to buy trains, but has to sell tickets at low prices. Hanoi’s railway lines have shown low feasibility over the last 20 years of deployment. … [Read more...] about Which means of transport will Hanoians use in the next five years?