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Hai Duong Province

Capital: Hai Duong City
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), San Diu, Hoa, Muong
Highlights: Con Son Site, Kiep Bac Temple, Stork Village

Tourist Attractions

Con Son Vestige Site

The Con Son Vestige Site is located in Cong Hoa Ward, Chi Linh Town, about 70km from Ha Noi, between the two mountain ranges of Phuong Hoang and Ky Lan. The highlights of this site are the pagoda, a tower and well-known remains pertaining to national history, as well as the natural beauty of the mountainous landscape, pine forest and stream.

Con Son Pagoda:

Con Son Pagoda, also known as Tu Phuc or Hun, is situated at the foot of Con Son Mountain. During the Tran Dynasty, the Con Son Pagoda was one of three centres of the Buddhist True Lam Trinity. Under the Le Dynasty, it was restored and magnificently expanded. Today, it is a small pagoda that remains hidden underneath the shade of ancient green trees. It was built according to the shape of the Cong Chinese character. It includes a hall, an incense house and an upper chamber. The upper chamber contains a 3m-high statue from the Le Dynasty and is a worshipping place for Buddhists. Behind the upper chamber is a house for worshipping ancestors with statues of the three Patriarchs of Truc Lam Sect (Tran Nhan Tong, Phap Loa and Huyen Quang). There are also a 600 year old frangi-pani tree and four stela houses on the grounds of the pagoda.

Nguyen Trai Temple:

The temple was dedicated to Nguyen Trai, built at Con Son in December 2000 and inaugurated in 2002 in celebration of the 600th birthday anniversary of Nguyen Trai. 
The constructions of the temple cover an area of 10,000 square meters. The main temple stands at the foot of To Son Mountain, flanked by two mountains An Lac and Ngu Nhac. To its right is Con Son Stream. Inside the temple there are also the right and left ceremonial halls, inside and outside gates, stele house, the urn for burning votive offerings, and Nhan Nghia Lake. The Temple is a token of gratitude of the Vietnamese people to Nguyen Trai, the World Cultural Celebrity.

Gieng Ngoc (Pearl Well):

Gieng Ngoc is located on the slopes of Ky Lan Mountain. On its right, the road leads to Ban Co Tien (Fairy Chess Stone) and Dang Minh Tower. According to legend, the Buddhist monk Huyen Quang was informed in a dream that the divine would give him a precious source of water. The water of this well is clear, blue and fresh. The monks use the well for the pagoda's ceremonial water.

Thach Ban (Flagstone):

Beside Con Son Stream, there is a flagstone called Thach Ban, where President Ho Chi Minh once rested while visiting the area. To reach this large flagstone with an even, polished surface,travel from the upper mountain down along a stone path to the foot of the mountain. It is said that, in the past, Nguyen Trai used the flagstone as a mat for relaxing, admiring the scenery, writing poetry, and thinking about the affairs of the country.

Kiep Bac Temple

Located in Hung Dao Commune, Chi Linh Town, approximately 80km from Ha Noi and 5km from Con Son, Kiep Bac is in fact the junction of Van Yen (Kiep Village) and Duoc Son (Bac Village). Located in a rich valley surrounded by the Nui Rong Mountains, the surroundings give Kiep Bac a secretive, poetic, and dreamy quality. 
In the 13th century, the hideout and residence of national hero Tran Hung Dao, who com manded the Resistance troops in the war against Yuan-Mongol aggressors, were located in this area. A temple was built in the beginning of the 14thcentury in the centre of re the Kiep Bac valley. In the temple, bronze statues of Tran Hung Dao, his wife, his two daughters, Pham Ngu Lao, Nam Tao, and Bac Dau, as well as tablets for the cult of his four sons, still remain.

Cao Temple

The temple is situated on Thien Bong Mountain in An Lac Commune, Chi Linh Town, 80km from Ha Noi. The temple is dedicated to Vuong Due Minh, a general of King Le Dai Hanh (10th century). 
Climbing more than 100 steps covered with moss, visitors will see stone elephants and horses on the ground of the temple. Legend has it that those were elephants that, along with their owners, defeated the invaders. The main shrine has horizontal boards engraved with Chinese characters. In addition to Cao Temple, this complex boasts four other temples with unique architectural styles. 
Cao Temple is a place for the visitors who love national history and culture.

Kinh Chu An Phu Site

Situated in the Duong Nham Mountains, An Sinh Commune, Kinh Mon District, Kinh Chu An Phu looks like a giant rock-garden among the vast waves of rice fields in the Kinh Thay valley. In the Duong Nham Mountains there are some relics relating Tran Hung Dao and many peculiar caverns such as Kinh Chu, Vang, Luon, and Trau. Among these caves is Kinh Chu Grotto, which is regarded as "Nam thien de iuc dong" (the sixth largest cave in Viet Nam). 
To get, fo this famous area from Ha Noi, follow National Highway 5 over Phu Luong Bridge, continue about 16km to Phu Thai Town, then turn left.

Phuong Hoang Site

This site belongs to Van An Ward, Chi Linh Town. This area has 72 mountains covered with pine tree forests, streams and old pagodas. Chu Van An (1292-1370), the headmaster of the first Viet Nam's university, was buried and worshipped in this place. 
This area is suitable for picnic, sightseeing and studying history.

Chi Lang Nam Stork Village

Stork village in Chi Lang Nam Commune, Thanh Mien District, 25 km from Hai Duong City is noted for numerous genera of storks. The village boasts a small island that lies in the middle of a lake. It is home to thousands of storks, including white, black, fiery stocks, herons and egrets. In addition, there are night herons and precious species of birds, such as pelican, teal also reside in this island. 
At Chi Lang Nam Stork Village, at dawn or sunset, visitors will be attracted by the interesting "change of the guard" activities between the storks that are active during the day and the nocturnal herons.

Festivals

Con Son Festival

Spring festival in 18th - 22ndday of the 1st lunar month; autumn festival in 16th. 20th day of the 8th lunar month.
The festivals take place in Con Son Pagoda, Chi Linh Town. The spring festival is honoured Huyen Quang (Ly Dao Tai), one of the three founders of the True Lam Buddhist sect, and the autumn festival is honoured Nguyen Trai, a great 15th century Vietnamese scholar also involved in military and politics.

Cao Temple Festival

2nd-24th day of the pt lunar month.
Cao Temple Festival takes place over three days to honour five brothers of the Vuong family including Vuong Duc Minh, Vuong Duc Xuan, Vuong Due Hong, Vuong Thi Dao and Vuong Thi Lieu. On the 22nd, there is a saint welcoming ceremony. All articles for this ceremony, such as palanquins, flags, fans, and parasols, are prepared in the Ca Temple, and on the 23rdare welcomed to Cao Temple in an incense-burning ceremony. The morning of the 23rd begins with the palanquin procession in which six palanquins follow unicorn and gong groups. The first palanquin contains the ancestral tablet for the five brothers, the next ones for five of them, and the last is for the village tutelary god. 
During festival the local people gather to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the festival and to light incense. On the last day, four of the palanquins are carried back to Ca Temple.

Kiep Bac Temple Festival

18th - 20th day of the 8th lunar month. 
The festival takes place annually at Kiep Bac Temple in Hung Dao Commune, Chi Linh Town. The principal festival day is on the 20thday of the 8thlunar month, the anniversary of the death of Tran Hung Dao, a distinguished general of the Tran Dynasty. The festival consists of a welcoming ceremony and a navy procession on the Luc Dau River. Hundreds of visitors attend the festival to celebrate the memorial day of General Tran Hung Dao, as well as to sightsee.

Tourist Information

IDD code: 84 - 320

Transport

Hai Duong Province is 57km from Ha Noi, 45km from Hai Phong and 80km from Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh Province).

Train

The railway route between Ha Noi and Hai Phong via Hai Duong Province is considered as a bridge to connect the capital city to Northern provinces and to the sea.

Hai Duong Railway Station

Hong Quang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 385 3729

Bus

Bus N°202 departs from Ha Noi (Luong Yen Bus Station) for Hai Duong (Hai Duong Bus Station) every 15 minutes. Time of service: 5am - 7pm.

Hai Duong Bus Station

Hong Quang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 384 1466

Tourism Division (dcst)

73 Bach Dang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3852 608
Fax: 3843 972

Tour Operator 

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39 Hung Vuong Blv., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3500 010

Hotels 

In Hai Duong City Asean Hotel

168 Tran Hung Dao St. 
Tel: 385 7532
Fax: 3852 706
20 rooms, USS9-14

Binh Minh Hotel

5 Doan Ket St. 
Tel: 385 5569 
16 rooms, US$10-15

Hai Duong Nacimex Hotel

10,30 Thang 10 Blv.
Tel: 389 5735
Fax: 389 4777
157 rooms, US$120-1100

Hoa Binh Hotel

32/78 Quan Thanh St. 
Tel: 385 0723
15 rooms, US$8-9

Hoa Hong Hotel

6 Hong Quang St. 
Tel: 385 4564
Fax: 385 6038
45 rooms, US$8-12

Hoang Nguyen Hotel

Nguyen Luong Bang St.
Tel: 389 1859
14 rooms, US$8-10

Huong Nguyen Hotel

Ben Han crossroads, Cam thuong Ward 
Tel: 384 4555
41. rooms, US$8-9

Huu Nghi Hotel

1 Doan Ket St.
Tel: 385 5859
Fax: 0385 7095 
18 rooms, US$10-13

Phuong Dong Hotel

Km 4 Nguyen Luong Bang St. 
Tel: 389 2223
Fax: 389 3456 
36 rooms, US$10-40

Phuong Nguyen Hotel

Km 52 Cam Thuong Ward
Tel: 385 8858
32 rooms, US$8-10

Tung Lam Hotel

Km 51+300, highway 5, An Dinh St, Cam Thuong Ward
Tel: 385 9030
20 rooms,US$7-10
In Chi Linh Town Quan khu 3

Guest House

Nguyen Trai 2 St., Sao Do Ward 
Tel: 388 2289, 39 rooms, US$7-15

Restaurant

77 Restaurant

172 Thanh Nien St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 385 0453

Bach Dang Restaurant

Bach Dang Lake, Hai Duong City 
Tel: 384 3453 

Manh Hoach Restaurant

Km 67-68, Pham Xa, 
Tuan Hung Commune, 
Kim Thanh Dist.(on National Highway 5) 
Dishes made of chicken

Hoang Nguyen Restaurant

444 Nguyen Luong Bang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3892 478/ 3258 397

Huong Nguyen Restaurant

555 Nga tu Ben Han, National Highway 5, Hai Duong City. 
Tel: 385 8136

Trau 39 Restaurant

Cam Dong Commune, Cam Giang Dist. 
Tel: 3783 939

Shopping

Coming to Hai Duong visitors usually buy banh gai (glutinous rice cake dyed black in a concoction of leaves) and banh dau xanh (green bean cake) Banh gai 

Minh Ngoc Shop

102 Thong Nhat St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 385 3524 

Hai Duong Supermaket

1 Hong Quang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 385 2572 

Hai Duong Trade Centre

1 Thong Nhat St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 384 1650

Huong Nguyen

555, Highway No.5, Hai Duong City 
Tel: 383 6836, Fax: 383 6836

Intimex Hai Duong Supermaket

1 Nguyen Luong Bang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3895 686

Golf

Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club

Sao Do, Chi Linh Town 
Tel: 358 5617
Fax: 358 5618 

Ha Noi Office:

Unit 6 floor, International Centre, 
17 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem Dist.
Tel: (04) 3939 3100
Fax: (04) 3939 3103

Post Office

1A Ho Chi Minh St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 385 3872, Fax: 385 6207

Medical Services

General Hospital

Nguyen Luong Bang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3892 113

Banks

Agribank

66 Nguyen Luong Bang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3891 259, Fax: 3891 807

BIDV

115 Tran Hung Dao St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3840 483, Fax: 3857 016

VietinBank

60 Hong Quang St., Hai Duong City 
Tel: 3853 256, Fax: 3857 234



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