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Twenty-two caves discovered in Quang Binh

The Saigon Times

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The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park management board said on April 14 that British and Vietnamese cave explorers discovered 22 new caves in the north-central province of Quang Binh.

The caves are mainly located within Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa districts. Their lengths range from 30 to 572 meters.

The top four longest caves comprise Va (516 meters), 12/2 Dry (404 meters), Vuc Hung (430 meters), and Ong Dau (572 meters).

Each newly discovered cave exhibits a unique trait, representing the extraordinary geological, topographical, and hydrological features of different areas within the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, according to the Tuoi Tre news site.

Singing Vietnamese folk songs in the park

A group of young people gathers at Le Van Tam Park in District 1, HCMC, every weekend to play musical instruments and sing various Vietnamese folk opera songs.

Gathering with guitars, Vietnamese zithers, and other instruments, they often perform excerpts from traditional southern music styles, such as cai luong, ca co, tan co giao duyen, and folk songs. Their performances attract the attention of passersby, showcasing the beauty of Vietnam’s musical heritage.

Most of these young individuals are members of the Southern Melodies Club, under the management of the HCMC Student Cultural House. Others join them to express their love for traditional music.

Ho Thanh Trinh, head of the Southern Melodies Club, told the Thanh Nien news site that this activity attracted many people from provinces like Dong Thap, An Giang, and Long An. Despite the distance, they still come to HCMC to have fun together. “Our passion for music has brought us closer,” Trinh said.

Old men’s livestream from wheelchairs

Convinced by his daughter, Tran Xuan Hien, 59, and his friend of the same age, Nguyen Trong Cho, both live in Khoai Chau District, Hung Yen Province, started to livestream to sell baked clay piggy banks via their cellphones after years of peddling children’s toys, piggy banks, and even ice cream around their locality.

Suffering from lower limb paralysis, Hien and Cho have been close friends since the days they tended buffaloes together when they were young. Although having to move around in wheelchairs, the two men always try to help each other do their farmwork or household chores.

After having learned how to livestream to sell goods, Cho and Hien take turns to livestream for three hours every day. Out of the livestream time, the two men manage to work on their fields and do household chores to help their wives.

Livestream has helped the two old men in wheelchairs do their job easily, sell more products to earn higher income, and make their life happier and more optimistic, according to thanhnien.vn.

A bride-welcoming procession with excavators

With a view to surprising the bride’s family, neighbors and passers-by, Do Hong Son, the 25-year-old groom in Dai Tu District, Thai Nguyen Province, secretly mobilized seven excavators for the bride-welcoming procession to and from the bride’s house in Thai Nguyen City on April 10.

Son and Duong Thi Lien, the bride, have been in love for 10 years. Operating an excavator to make a living for almost a decade, Son told vnexpress.net that he thought of using excavators in the bride-welcoming procession. Having two excavators of his own, Son asked to borrow five more ones for the procession from his colleagues, who were all willing to do so. One day before the wedding, the seven excavators were washed and decorated with colorful balloons.

At 8 a.m. on the wedding day, the seven excavators started the procession from the groom’s house to the bride’s house. Son planned to ride the bride back to his house on an excavator, but because of the rain, he had to welcome the bride home by car, which was accompanied by the seven excavators.

The photos and video clips of the bride-welcoming procession with seven excavators went viral on social media these days.

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