April 22, 2018 | 01:06 pm GMT+7 Two dragon boats practicing to race on a river in China have overturned and 17 people drowned, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Television pictures showed one of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers going over on Saturday on a stretch of a river near the city of Guilin where the current appeared to be strong. Another dragon boat arrived at the scene, also full of paddlers, and it too capsized, the pictures showed. Xinhua said 57 people had gone into the water and 200 rescuers were sent to help. The rescue effort went on late into the night. The accident happened where two flows of the river converge causing a powerful current, the CCTV broadcaster said. Most of those who went into the river were not wearing life jackets, media reported. Two people had been detained in connection with the accident, Xinhua said. Dragon boat racing is popular in various parts of Asia and the Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday … [Read more...] about Two Chinese dragon boats capsize in river, 17 killed
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The central city of Da Nang will kick off a summer beach festival with a series of tourism and sea sport activities tomorrow, aiming to attract more local travellers in the summer travel season. The festival, which will last until next Sunday, will include aerobic performances, dragon boat racing, painting contests for children, canoeing, parachuting and swimming contests, among other activities. City tour operators have launched tours offering travellers such activities as diving to look at coral reefs, fishing, sightseeing on Son Tra Peninsula and the Ba Na Hills. Viet Nam gets on honeymoon list Virtuoso, a leading luxury travel network in the US, has included Viet Nam and Cambodia on a list of 30 Top Honeymoons because of their rich history, culture and romance, based on a selection by its experienced honeymoon specialists. A nine-night promotion journey to Viet Nam and Cambodia, including stays at The Nam Hai and the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi and Hotel de la Paix in … [Read more...] about Da Nang hosts beach festival
After one-year-long intensive preparations, Malaysia officially launched the Visit Malaysia Year(VMY) 2007 Saturday night, the third and also the largest tourism promotion year drive in the country. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi attended the grand launching ceremony in Lake Titiwangsa Park here, together with diplomatic envoys based in Malaysia, foreign tourists and thousands of Malaysian people from all walks of life. In his speech, Badawi outstretched his welcoming arms to visitors from all over the world, inviting them to come to this Southeast Asian nation to share its natural beauty and multiculture, promising the best service for the money they spend here. The prime minister gave a clear message, "Malaysia welcomes the world." The VMY 2007 came in conjunction with the celebration of 50 years of independence and nationhood of this tropical country. The Malaysian government hopes to woo 20 million foreign tourists this year and earn 44.5 billion ringit ($12.36 … [Read more...] about Malaysia launches “Visit Malaysia Year 2007”
BTO - On June, 13, the dragon boat race team of Binh Thuan province with 16 members (including the team's head, coach and 14 boatmens) departed for the 3rd Asian Beach Games-2012 which will take place in Haiyang city in East Chinese province of Shandong from June 16 to 22, 2012. It's great honour for the local sports when the team was selected by the General Department of Sports and Physical training to represent Vietnam to take part in the event. Athletes from 40 countries and territories will compete in the 3rd Asian Beach Games hosted by China with 13 categories. Vietnamese delegation will take part in 9 categories. Particularly, Vietnam dragon boat race men team will compete in 3 contents: 200 m, 500m and 3,000m. Soon after appointed by the General Department of Sports and Physical training, Binh Thuan sports authorities have set up plans to gather up the team, practise and prepare for the continental competition. According to coach Tran Van Nguyen, this is the first official … [Read more...] about Binh Thuan dragon boat race team to take part in the 3rd Asian Beach Games with high determination for the Vietnam national colours
Traditionally, a great many Vietnamese festivals are centered on worshipping, good luck, or showing gratitude. On these occasions, there are many peripheral activities, including arts performances, sporting events and the consumption of food and drink. Those attending enjoy the extra attractions as part of the festival, but if it were not for the central theme the festival would never have taken place. There are still a myriad of traditional festivals in Vietnam, but more and more are being organised to attract tourists and the commercial benefits they bring. The notably successful ones build on already popular and internationally well-known natural or historical man-made 'themes'. Hue Festival is closely related to the old citadel, the imperial tombs, pagodas and temples. Quang Ninh Festival relies an Ha Long Bay, and Hoi An Festival is dependant on the old Chinese and Japanese quarters of the town. Danang does not have any outstanding natural features to attract tourists, … [Read more...] about International Dragon Boat Racing in Danang, Why Not?