Vietnamese tourism hubs wary of Chinese tourists

Hoang Van Tuyen, director of the Lao Cai International Tourism Joint Stock Company and president of the Lao Cai Tourism Association, said, “This year, because of the nCoV pneumonia, the number of tourists traveling through the Lao Cai border gate has fallen by 99 percent.”

The Guardian view on the Royal Collection: if only it belonged to the people

For all its splendour, the exhibition is also peculiar. If you came from another planet – or from a state of historical ignorance – you would never know that the aesthetics it celebrates are those of a disastrous, autocratic ruler whose reign ended in bloody civil war. A panel in the final room merely states […]

An ‘impossible dream’: Charles I’s art collection to be brought back to UK

There are five works coming from the National Gallery in London, including a major Van Dyck equestrian portrait, Charles I on Horseback. That will be hung alongside the other big equestrian portrait Charles I on Horseback with M de St Antoine, which hangs in Buckingham Palace – the first time anyone will see them hanging […]

Vietnam’s first novel coronavirus patient has recovered

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son (C) works with doctors at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on January 23. Photo: Tuoi Tre / Thien Chuong While the son is said to have already recovered, the father has also been conscious, able to breathe smoothly with the assistance of an oxygen ventilator, and […]

Titian painting given to Charles I’s plumber goes up for sale

Charles I’s collection was one of the most stupendous on the planet and he particularly valued his Titians, hanging them at his palace at Whitehall. Saint Margaret hung in the same room as remarkable paintings such as the Allocution of the Marquis del Vasto to his Troops, now in the Prado collection; the Entombment of […]

Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer Talk New Covers Album, Sisterly Bond

Do you remember when you realized that you were singing harmony? Moorer: I don’t, but I know that I was surrounded by it all the time. My grandmother tells me I started when I was three. There’s a story that she likes to tell every now and then. It was 1976, so this must have […]

Marble Mountains – icon of Da Nang tourism

Legend says that an old fisherman, who lived on the Danang coast, suddenly saw a dragon emerging from the water to lay an egg. After the dragon had disappeared back into the water, a golden turtle, who claimed to be a god named Kim Quy, came and dug a hole in which to bury the […]

Don’t mention the civil war: the English are still fighting it

Most of those who enter the Royal Academy galleries over the next three months for its new exhibition, Charles I: King and Collector, will be given no inkling of this. They will come to look at stunning pictures by Van Dyck, Holbein, Titian and Mantegna among many others. Civil war, however, is conspicuous by its […]