The power to thrive

The past, present and fu­ture of pic­turesque Quaûng Ninh Prov­ince

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As sum­mer draws to a close and the pleas­ant au­tumn climes breeze through to show­case Vieät Nam in all its beauty, Out­look takes a look at what is ar­guably the jewel in the na­tion's crown. This month we re­flect on the run­away suc­cess story of Quaûng Ninh Prov­ince, which cel­e­brates its 50th an­niver­sary on Oc­to­ber 30.

Our in-depth anal­y­sis fo­cuses on the strength and ap­peal of the prov­ince today as it stretches its cul­tural in­flu­ence to host a na­tional film fes­ti­val, while also look­ing back at the his­tory of the re­gion's coal min­ing in­dus­try, which fought off the hard­ships of war and eco­nomic de­pres­sion to guide the prov­ince to­wards pros­per­ity.

We also cast an eye over the prov­ince's fu­ture prospects with a thought-pro­vok­ing ar­ti­cle on ef­forts to con­nect Coâ Toâ Is­land to the na­tional grid. And for the aes­thet­i­cally minded, we have a breath­tak­ing photo es­say of Baùi Töû Long Gulf to il­lus­trate ex­actly how the re­gion at­tracted 4.2 mil­lion tourists in the first half of 2013.

Else­where, we tell the re­mark­able tale of the Ja­panese pho­tog­ra­pher ded­i­cat­ing his life to Viet­namese war vic­tims, take a death-de­fy­ing ride on Cam­bo­dia's bam­boo rail­way and un­cover the in­cred­i­ble story of a lit­tle known oath that played a star­ring role on the day Vieät Nam de­clared its in­de­pen­dence.

In ad­di­tion to the usual fea­tures and trea­sured short story, we tell the un­likely tale of how an oil boom is fu­elling Azer­bai­jan's as­cent onto foot­ball's world stage and sink our teeth into one of HCM City's most renowned noo­dle spe­cial­ties.

The first half of this year saw the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing Haï Long Bay reach 4.2 mil­lion, mark­ing a 12 per cent in­crease over the same pe­riod last year. In­ter­na­tional tourists ac­counted for nearly one-third of the visi­tors. This photo shows an is­land with rocks in the shape of a teapot. Na­ture has be­stowed Haï Long Bay with beau­ti­ful karst forms, with many re­sem­bling or­di­nary ob­jects.

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