Monday, April 14, 2014

Hoa Phong Tower at Hoan Kiem lake

Quietly on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake, not many people know that it is the remains of the largest temple in the 19th century.

The last ancient tower

With Hanoian people, a picture of Hoa Phong tower, located on the ancient Dinh Tien Hoang Street seems to have become all too familiar. The tower as a landmark in the heart of Hanoi old self. Most people not only in Hanoi but the guests to the Hoan Kiem lake tour are thinking that tower of populations Turtle Tower - Hoan Kiem Lake. But few know that is one of the architectural works of art surviving populations Bao An Pagoda was built hundreds of years ago.

Named Bao An Pagoda was built in about 1842. Because so many lakes in the temple so people also called Lotus Temple and Tri also known as The Master (official name of the temple establishment). Temple has 180 spaces, complex architecture and sophisticated. The temple is located on the east coast Hoan Kiem Lake, the Red River turns out front, and the back is based on the lake. Bao An Temple, located near the 100 samples, including 180 with 36 roof space.
11/ 1885 of the colonial governor who ordered Lanessan De France is burning the leaves around Hoan Kiem Lake. Night 22/01/1886, 300 Wood Bridge rooftop, Hang Be, Hang Mam, Hang Thung, Hangvoi was burnt. And the night of 28.1.1886, a major fire occurred destroying the village has a long Cu. Bao An Temple Area’s only land desolate.

By 1888 France had destroyed the temple to build a post office. Hoa Phong tower just behind the temple is retained and is the only remnant of Bao An Pagoda. Hoa Phong Tower square consists of 3 floors. On the 1st floor there are four open arches towards the exit. Above the door there are words such as Newspapers corrosion - Report That subjects - subject’s German newspaper - professional vindication.

The second floor, four square corner office building located four vocational subjects are oriented to the east. Third floor burn “Hoa Phong Tower”, on top of a raised ornamental lake lots election. This is a little tower seen in Buddhist architecture. Floor 1 to and higher than the top two floors. If at that time the lotus stupa at the Tran Quoc Pagoda West Lake reached 11 floors, 15 meters high, the tower Hoa Phong only 3 floors and brick ceiling. Perhaps because it is located outside the entrance, but not as the master of the garden tomb tower temple.

According to the remained material, who presided over the building stands out as governor temple Ha Ninh ( Ha Noi - Bac Ninh ) Nguyen Dang Giai. Nguyen Dang Giai capital is the village of Phu Chanh Le Thuy District,Quang Binh Province. He came in a very grand, grandfather, Dr. Nguyen Dang Heng, his father is the covariance University Dr Nguyen Dang Tuan ( the school teacher of King Thieu Tri ).

Childhood, Nguyen Dang Giai studied with his father, the first year of Minh Mang ( 1820 ), he shows them the ( bachelor's ) and then turn appointed the vital functions of the Nguyen Dynasty . He is the god name has many great contributions in the clean piracy, war boats rectify, eliminate harassment caused multiple accidents population, up riots, opening people's homes for economic crop failure, famine. Binh Ngo.. In 1846, during the reign of Thieu Tri, Nguyen Dang Giai when he served as governor of Ha Ninh ( Hanoi and Ninh Binh ) has stood the chair and raise money for the construction of Bao An pagoda with big scale large.

Bao An Pagoda after inauguration superficial world scale in most types of Hanoi at that time. From the eastern lakeside path can lead to Hoa Phong Tower, then to the entrance, cross the bridge to cast tiled floor protector, the two sides have four symmetrical towers three stories high.
Next to "The postal hero” enshrined many statues of Bodhisattvas gorgeous. There corridor covered bowl, carved scenes “Pluto electrical Cross”, described the report in ten suffer hell so vividly. Behind the Marian shrine, increased health, hall, master pagoda roof 36, 150 times. Garden around the temple walls octagonal building surrounded, outside trenching lotus.

Beer stone in Bao An Pagoda.

This is one of the works bear the imprint of the Nguyen Dynasty in Thang Long. It also represents lines of thought “small stuff Grave Like “prevailing in the Nguyen Dynasty. Thought this means that religious education is still small but popular Buddhist devotees. The governor Nguyen Dang Giai Confucianism is the house (father’s lack of Nguyen Dang Tuan Thieu Tri King's school teacher) but stood up to lead the temple.

With a prime location next to the lake sacred sword, Bao An ancient temple is like “the first” place between periods with the storied fishing as: “Almost cried jubilantly slave away / In view of the Divine Master first. The scene purity , Bao An Pagoda 's beautiful when she had gone into the folklore of the sentence all the words of praise : " scene position Rooms hundred lines / in building nine wells, hexagonal outer wall / Of the ten stores each flushing / golden Temple shine like pearls of each wedge. "

As most large temples was seven hour periods, but perhaps the Bao An pagoda “stanza " most . The documents exist today have the same warped about five years to build the temple and destroyed, documents said Bao An Pagoda built in 1842, destroyed in 1883, has re- written material built in 1846, was destroyed in 1888 ... but does mark the umbrella Bao An pagoda still have the shortest survival time in the history of the great temple in Vietnam.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Snack places in Hanoi

No outside presence on the street, do not need hype, the following restaurants attract diners have any shops that have always dreamed of. Prices may be low or high, but if a time to enjoy, you will find coins deserved bowl of rice.

1. 72 Tran Hung Dao Tea

Mixed probation in Lane 72 Tran Hung Dao has nearly 40 years of age (1976), has passed away 3. A cup of tea costs here ... 35 thousand, can be said to be the most expensive in Hanoi today. However, we can say expensive but Tran Hung Dao tea “sandwiches”.

Tea mixed with 17 fruits like jackfruit, longan, custard, chocolate treasure buffalo's, Pearl’s grapes, coconut... In addition, the store also serves complimentary jasmine tea and bread more unique roast for 20 thousand VND / unit.

Prices are quite high, but the taste in tea cups mixed difference here is correct, there is not any tea in any restaurant in Hanoi.

2. Tea Bobochacha, lane 92 of the North

About ten years ago, in fact bobochacha probation also located in “prime “at the beginning of a great lane (lane 92) on Cua Bac Street. Back then; this tea shop combined with a skewer meat shop was next to the hearts of teenage customers. But for whatever reason, suddenly two sides, the dispute arose before probation was transferred into the lane headlines.

Though not walk much farther but still takes occasional guest turn again and see the new signposts recovered bobochacha favorite tea shop.

Strange is hidden from underground into the shop was even more crowded. Most customers also expanded scope, not only is her pupil, but also students and people love snacking at the office to find consistency.

Perhaps by comparison with other tea dishes in Hanoi, the bobochacha quite strange is not in touch. There are 3 types of tea: black, white and fruit flavors easy to eat, helped soothe, cool bar where prices are affordable for teens.

The restaurant is in the opposite lane Phan Dinh Phung, kh sale from noon to 6pm range only. Price 10 million VND / 1 bowl but you will have to spend more money to send 5 thousand cars outside.

3. Bread rolls Westlake ( Ly Tu Trong flower garden )

Located in connection Thuy Khue gardens and Youth, bread roll bar and rustic look normal. Diners sit at the bar on plastic chairs anxiously waiting their turn. Bread rolls is not a strange dish, but to find a good bakery rolls will not be easy. Choose yourself a sesame place under the trees, we watch the skillful physician shippers cake peeled, cut rolls ...

Soft bread rolls served hot, there’s a lot of meat. Especially a disc wheel is always filled with sausage and cucumber. There are 4 types of sausage: silk rolls, beef rolls, spring rolls and cereal ears. The shop is always crowded with young diners.

Price 25 thousand / cake full of rolls, though somewhat “harsh” but looking cake plate filled sausage dock, you will see rice bowl well worth it.

4. Cucumber Tree Si Bun fish ( Trung Yen Lane, Dinh Liet from turning on )

Trung Yen Lane twisting tiny but there are many fine-dining, popular. One of them is fish noodle stall si Sam tree.

The name “Sam tree si" also arises from the sale of the bends in the right lane, next to a tree si, and her name is Sam shippers. Outside the restaurant looks a bit sleazy for vehicles located in the east lane of travel.

But in return bun delicious fish here. Tilapia, fried crispy, thick piece of fish, water schemes.

Especially dishes including fried fish shop that has 3 layers, made from ground meat, shell fish and rice flour milling. Each ball cost 5 thousand members.

Restaurant located deep in the lane so if you want to eat, you send the car in the street and walk Hang on.

5. Porridge shop boys ( Last Quan Thanh street )

The restaurant is right behind Quan Thanh Temple, Quan Thanh street end. Bowl full of pretty boys here. If you go 3-4 from 2 bowls just call and call some other dishes. Porridge boy 20 thousand VND / bowl, iced tea 3 trillion VND / 1 cup.

A dish of this restaurant is also a favorite bun is real cool. Bun oc cold if windy, beef, beans and whole building is 45 thousand. If the building is only 30 thousand.

Prices here are not cheap but the quality is excellent.

6. Bun Hong Phuc Ngo

Location: Hong Phuc Lane, near Hang Dau boots. If Hang Than street, then go find it will take more work. You should go to the top line, Blessed lane on the left.

This is a long bun every year, a lot of people preferred. Restaurant opens 24/24h but never absent client. Previously, only one lane Blessed fish noodle restaurant, along with the time and the development of increasingly more shops were opened to meet the needs of customers.

Pho “noodle fish” is an attractive destination for pilgrims night play. The soup is quite plump fish: fish and meat is sliced thick, square, fried, fried fish Hai Phong -style thin all be “embedded " sweet sour broth incredibly delicious. In addition, customers can add specialty is fried fish head, chan slightly sour broth, add vertical nets, sip the wine very well.

Another plus point for fish noodle Blessed is no price difference as the restaurant the other night. 30.000d is the amount you pay for a bun nutty.

7. Grilled clones at Khuong Thuong

“Organization” is a parody of rolls Khuong Thuong village. That is why the olden days outside this village is the village called “split gut, skin peeling “to refer to how to make fake food, frogs, cordage redemption of the village.

Shop Ha Khue her home, with 70 -year -old is the most crowded. Shop only sells from 10 am to 1 pm.
Call the store for her to do but do not dread selling fake and always at home, only serve the food group from 6 persons or more. Buyers of very many, many meetings lined the narrow lane.

The dish is made from knockoff called something weird name, sometimes a bit further: Crispy Beef dish knockoff pants; fake fried marinated dish is both the nude, fake fried breaded dish is both the “pants term” knockoff called hash mat rolls.

If you go east people eat an average price range are 50 to 80 thousand VND / person. The woman was a bit difficult here; you should buy the best food in the house.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Delicious as rice paper rolls Hanoi

One winter morning wake up craving something hot, which is not easy to swallow noodles, spring rolls I remembered. The jacket is back; catch a bus to a friend's house knocking Hang Cot and two user-defined to Hang Ga, “Blintz Phoenix " opened the door, to welcome the first guests.

Tiny shop, house number 68, new paint repair should look outstanding between the houses wall yellow, brown roof nearby. Unique in that shop is only open from 7 am correct and not all guests at up to 11 noons. Tables and chairs can be stowed most are due in Town particular, crowded.

A small - plot protruding pavement is the seat of the coated cake specialist, who specializes sprinkle onions, do not move to the client, who oversees dedicated parking, clean bowl chopsticks. Yet almost all dense, the people who have it, never quarrel occurred, although customers sometimes have to stand in line to turn into new business.

We were the opening line of “cake Phuong book “earlier that day. The coated wheels wearing only a sweater once, because the heat radiating from a separate boiler warm up enough to make her pink cheeks.

On the table, sauces, herbs, peppers, garlic, pepper ready. Fresh green basil, greasy. Fill sauce are warm, shining amber, visible red pepper slices and pieces of the sliced mushrooms. I “to” Hang Ga -rolls as well as material things, “not just one” of this dish: mushrooms.

Along with the fungus, lean meat, onions, mushrooms and fried shredded cooked to make people cake. Also be chopped mushrooms, sautéed aromatic bowl and drop into hot sauce, diners feel the aroma, a crunchy dish.

Two- spring rolls are brought out in front of us. Pieces of soft white rolls, shining, clear view of both the executive and slice mushrooms shredded stacked on a turquoise plate. Next to it was a few slices of cinnamon rolls were steaming hot. A few stalks of green herbs coated with a green top. I 'm curious companions looked carefully sprinkle a little pepper; add a few slices of chili drop into the bowl of sauce. “It is cold, this is the best!” He laughed.

Air sauce salty enough sweet tart taste. Hot rolls, soft, fragrant smell of mushrooms, lean meat, black fungus. A little basil stalks of airlines. All air into an irresistible taste. We constantly pick anyone until the empty disc, only a few left ... thyme stalks. The friend winked, “Warm people, right? “. I regret , not want to stand up for busy inhaling the aroma of the bread plate is to be brought to book for the next guests ...

I love the rolls. Most of the provinces I also tasted this dish. Lang Son eat egg rolls on the day, is strange. Spring rolls accompanied Halong delicious bold ink. Tam Dao rolls barbecue food between heaven and earth a foggy and chilly mention interesting.

Particularly in Hanoi alone how many rolls formula : Cake rolled Thanh Tri ( suburban ) a simply delicious, chicken rolls last person unfamiliar Hang Bo Street, Thanh Van 's shrimp rolls fragrant shrimp Hang Ga Street illustrious head .... And yet, recognition, I just love fungal rolls, meat shop Phuong Hang Ga .

Not small shops , beautiful look to Hang Ma brilliant Christmas colors each level , new year , bowl nor tasty sauce tasted soft lips every time , do not you go along you charming smile ..., which is probably a good dish of Hanoi in the main space , where the dishes have a hundred years of age , was formed in an ancient street, ancient ...

I love Hanoi early winter, when the wind blows cold enough to make people sit down to a top restaurant rolls Hang Ga Street, watching the smoke coated the cake on hand, smell the fragrant rice , from onions, mushrooms , pie tasted great book but very simple feat of making it . So how much is enough for loving me in a land called Hanoi!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Four pristine islands that tourists should come to in this summer

1. Nam Du island

Nam Du archipelago is a province of Kien Giang, it is about 60km far from the mainland, including about 21 large and small islands, including the Big Island ( Cu Tron island ) is the largest island ( approximately 14km2 ) has the highest peak, on which a lighthouse.
Currently the fastest means to the island is speedboat from Rach Gia about 3 hours, 1 flight every day (except when the sea is rough).

The journey to discover Nam Du is simply climbing to lighthouse to welcome the dawn and see the overview of island.

Next is wandering to the beautiful beaches, learning about the life and living of the people. Diving to see coral and fish (no service on this island, if you want you can bring your own wetsuit and rent a boat).
The last schedule is visiting many islands and islets such as Hang islet, Moc islet, Bamboo islet, Dam islet, Ong island…explore the distinctions, general, seem untouched wonders of les touristic destinations.
Note: The first thing to do when arriving in Nam Du is you need to inform the police first, then the border could leisurely ride around the island. On the Big Island there is only a single break. But here, you can be assured of camping or sleeping hammock hung anywhere you like.

2. Cu Lao Cham

Cu lao Cham Island is a group of islands located in Tan Hiep commune, town of Hoi An, Quang Nam, far away from Hoi An town is  nearly 20km and  from the city of Da Nang about 40km.

Even though it is not really far from the center, you must take time to change means to access this place, bus - taxi - boat. More simply, if it has to Da Nang, you can buy a day tour in the travel company.
Cu Lao Cham is wild romance with gorgeous beaches, crystal clear waters, white sand, light waves. In addition to the beach, enjoy fresh seafood, especially crab stone, it is both strange and unique, visitors can also participate in service diving soft coral reefs, colorful fishes.

3. Con Dao

Con Dao is an archipelago and is also attached district of Ba Ria - Vung Tau. Con or Con Son Island or for the name of the largest island in the archipelago. Vietnam's history before the 20th century is often called the island of Con Son Island Kunlun or Con. Old name in the text in English and French is Poulo Condor.
From Port of Cat Lo - Vung Tau can go by boat to Con Dao Con Dao Con Dao 9 and 10, schedules are updated monthly. Train time from Vung Tau to Con Dao about 12 hours. Alternatively, you can reach by air Con Dao in Vietnam, Can Tho and Hanoi.

If the day before, Con Dao is known as a " living hell " then today, referring to Con Dao , people think a surprise visit Angelia couple - Brad Pitt, the famous sightseeing and honored place in the top 10 most mysterious islands in the world.

Con Dao wild and beautiful with steep cliffs beside the pristine beaches and emerald waters, lush forests, white sand beaches and is home to bow fish, dolphins, sea turtles and coral reefs.

4. Ly Son Island

Ly Son District, also called Cu Lao Re, is separated from the island district of Binh Son district of Quang Ngai province. The area of the district is about 9.97 km ² and a population of over 20,460 people. Consisting of 3 islands: the Big Island ( Ly Son islet Ré ), Little Island ( islet deck ) north of the Big Island, and the island 's eastern Cuba Blind Big Island.
The island is the remaining vestige of a volcano with 5 mouths, how it was formed 25-30 million years. On the island there are three national monuments An Hai village temples, spiritual self Yin, Hang Pagoda. The Sa Huynh cultural relics have been found on the island, as the main stream, especially neighbor’s nuts and traces of Champa culture.

Visitors come from Quang Ngai city along Highway 24B to Sa Ky port, then by speedboat to the island and rented motorbike to the monument on the island. When you visit and stay on the island, visitors will enjoy seafood and island specialties like salad only garlic and anchovy salad station break.
Ly Son gorgeous with dark blue of the sky, and fields of garlic coconut trees silhouetted cliffs formed from volcanic lava majestic. Island also fascinates tourists with pristine beaches, beautiful coral reefs of the large and small ...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Long Beach - pristine and poetic beauty

Located on the shores of beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay, Bai Dai beach stretching almost 2km, with sloping sandy shores and clear waters can be seen through the bottom.
You can visit this bay by joining a Halong bay tour. Long Beach is a beach named in the list of the area's beautiful beaches north of Long Beach ( Van Don ) attracts tourists by the wild and romantic that many other beaches is no longer present Come on ... summer , visitors can stroll along the beach to hear the sound of whispering waves while watching the charming picture of Bai Tu Long Bay.

Glamorous beach with unspoiled natural beauty, called Long Beach.
Long Beach is not only pristine beaches and romantic , to Long Beach , visitors also have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the quiet of the pleasant resort , with beaches system , restaurant , hotel is divided into 4 zones : 3 floors , 2 -story , office and bamboo Village , with more than 100 guest rooms .

With poetic landscapes, wooden train bridge is also one of the highlights of Long Beach, a place not to be missed by young photography enthusiasts and couples come to take wedding photos. Also, with the tourists love to explore , from here also can depart by boat to visit Bai Tu Long Bay, or the beautiful island with forest ecosystems , abundant sea as Ngoc Vung , Quan Lan , Minh City Chau or visit the Cai Bau temple - one of two Buddhist monastery in Quang Ninh.

Not content with what was there , now Long Beach resort is promoting human resources development , infrastructure , diversify the types of services aimed at rebranding , sustainable development , commensurate the potential that natural gift . It is known that this resort is still in the investment phase continues to completion.

To visit Halong bay, you can join a Halong bay tour. Currently, Gray Line Halong is offering many hot deals and promotion packages for Halong bay cruise. Please visit Gray Line Halong official website to get further details and contact us at to have access to the best cruising services.


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