The 1,000th Anniversary Of Hanoi

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Tens of thousands of people flocked to Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the city o­n Saturday night to enjoy art performances to celebrate the 999th anniversary of the Thang Long-Ha Noi Citadel and inaugurate the Year of National Tourism 2010.

Present at the event - hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism - were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi and chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao.

Opening the ceremony, Thao spoke of the city’s history, saying: "999 years ago, in the autumn of 1010, King Ly Thai To issued a royal proclamation officially moving the capital from Hoa Lu (in northern Ninh Binh Province) to Dai La and changed its name to Thang Long (now Ha Noi)."

"Since then, Thang Long - now Ha Noi - has always been a gathering place for talented and educated people; connecting the culture of brother ethnic groups who built a civilised and bright culture in the capital; creating a foundation for Thang Long-Ha Noi to fulfil its historical mission of being the heart of the country, a political and national administrative centre, and also a centre for culture, education and training, science and technology, economic and international exchange; symbolising the strength and spirit of the Vietnamese nation," he said.

At the ceremony, nearly 1,000 artists, actors and actresses entertained local audiences with special art performances.

Hung also hoisted a flag to National Tourism Year 2010.

In addition to celebrations to mark the capital’s 1,000th anniversary, the tourism year will hold nine major programmes and almost 30 cultural and sporting activities.

"The Year of National Tourism 2010 is a chance for our capital to mark a historical milestone, promoting Ha Noi’s thousand years as a friendly and hospitable city to local and international friends, which will improve the city’s tourism sector in particular and national tourism in general," Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh said.

"The tourism industry has suffered because of the global economic crisis and pandemics. However, we hope the country’s tourism sector will overcome the challenges of the financial crisis and Viet Nam will become an attractive tourist destination," Anh said. He called o­n central and provincial authorities to collaborate closely with Ha Noi to make the celebrations a success.

source: hanoitimes

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