Where Heaven and Earth Meet
The land of Hue is truly “Where Heaven and Earth Meet”, which explains why the Nguyen Lords made the choice of Phu Xuan as the land of predilection for their kingdom. Indeed Hue is the land of convergence between mountains and plains, and confluence between rivers, lagoons and the sea. The cape of Chan May is in the shape of a long and huge crescent from where you get breathtaking views of Bach Ma mountain and hills. Called the “Lost Paradise” Lang Co is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The importance of Lang Co pushed Thua Thien-Hue province to launch a big festival called "Lang Co - the Myth of the Sea "with diverse cultural and aquatic activities. Cau Hai Lagoon is a “place where heaven and earth meet”, such is the lasting memory. Cau Hai Lagoon is being promoted as a future “Natural World Heritage”.
A Protected Area
Heritage and nature are the two most important elements that are robustly protected in Thua Thien-Hue. It is the unique synergy between these two that contributes immensely to the province’s indisputable celestial charm and mystique. Hue is recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, both tangible and intangible. Hue is in the memory of Vietnamese people because of its stories and its revolutionary heritage. Hue was and is continuously a land for dialogue of cultures.
Hue, An Enriched Identity
Hue is a living brand that reflects both ecological and spiritual dimensions permeating its heritage, history, architecture, literature, humanism and spirituality. In this context, a systematic account of the whole Thua Thien-Hue province will reveal a tremendous wealth of natural and cultural resources that could make it one of the most endowed lands on earth. There is a symbiotic harmony between human and space in Thua Thien-Hue and Chan May-Lang Co, Cau Hai has inherited these distinct identity as well.
A Model of Green City
More human beings live in cities by choice and by necessity. Many cities have developed at the expense of the natural environment. This not only cuts people off from the natural world but also negatively affects their health and happiness. Chan May-Lang Co, Cau Hai promises to be the first Green City in Vietnam, a place where people will experience a better life in peace with the environment. The Green City is also a city of both knowledge and creative economies. It will comprise communities that can interact with resource networks everywhere in the world to promote economic partnerships through linkages.
A Model of Green Living
Chan May-Lang Co, Cau Hai and the Green City will be a model of green living, a living defined by respect for the environment, sensitive to cultural identity, and economic mobility through the promotion of a progressive knowledge-based green economy. The people in Thua Thien Hue and Hue in particular have the intrinsic quality of embracing nature as part of their lifestyle. Green Living will succeed in Chan May-Lang Co, Cau Hai because it is blessed with much natural geographical advantages, educated and culturally blessed people.
A Model of Sustainable Development
Thua Thien-Hue province can be the model of living based upon ecological, spiritual and humanistic values. Well-managed cities are forerunners of sustainable development. Chan May-Lang Co, and Cau Hai have the benefit, advantage and opportunity of learning from mistakes of unsustainable growth models around the world. Sustainable development is a wholesome set of principles that simply seek to improve the lives of people and guarantee one of the best living conditions. The Green City of Chan May-Lang Co, Cau Hai will additionally be based on the four pillars of sustainability: environmental responsibility; economic health; social justice; and Cultural vitality.
Integrated Green Infrastructure
Chan May-Lang Co and Cau Hai needs an integrated green infrastructure program based on a common sense approach where decision-making is defined by a methodology analyzed by different disciplines, incorporating nature and environment as an integral part. The integrated design approach should be applied to the municipal decision making process as well. Green and Low Carbon Habitat uses energy efficiently. A Green City like Chan May-Lang Co, Cau Hai will be in the forefront of adapting to climate. As cities will account for about 60% of the world’s population in 2030 it is imperative to influence planning of cities, towns, villages and communities if we ever want to mitigate climate change.
Chan May – Lang Co: One of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays
Endowed with the most wonderful natural assets, bordered by the heights of Bach Ma mountain and the serenity of Cau Hai Lagoon, the beaches of Chan May and Lang Co, and the emerald rice-fields, the Green City of Chan May- Lang Co, Cua Hai sits among four World Heritage Sites - two in the North (Phong Nha Grottos and Hue Imperial City) and two (Hoi An old town and My Son Cham Holy Sanctuary) in the South. It will be the best choice for the location of the Green City. Particularly, the location is in a region which has already been identified to become the central pole of cultural and tourist development of the whole country. The bays of Chan May and Lang Co are pristine and un-spoilt, home to the senses and where celestial-inspired “view sheds” are so beautiful that few places match them.
Cau Hai Lagoon: The Biggest Lagoon of Southeast Asia
Consisting of Tam Giang, Sam, Truoi, Thuy Tu, Ha Trung, Cau Hai and other lagoons, Tam Giang - Cau Hai is one of the world's largest coastal lagoon systems, stretching 68 km and covering almost 24,000 ha. The widest area is 14 km wide, and the narrowest area is 0.6 km. The total water surface area is 216 sq.km, accounting for 43 percent of the total area of Thua Thien Hue city province, and almost 50 percent of the total area of lagoons in Vietnam (480.5 sq.km). The Tam Giang - Cau Hai coastal lagoon system was formed more than 2,000 years ago and is ideal for visitors interested in eco-tourism and water recreation activities, boating along a river to the lagoons and sea, as well as home to continued scientific research on bio-diversity. The lagoons are separated from the sea by a large sand dune system.
TTH as Green Park: A Wealth of Bio-Diversity
Thua Thien Hue is so rich in natural resources that the province is like an integrated natural park by itself that could be promoted as a green park destination, a showcase of green tourism. It would have global appeal. The land could be characterized as “the Essence of Natural Configuration”. This natural compact is located in one of the most beautiful bays and one of the largest lagoon systems in the world. Chan May-Lang Co, Cau Hai together with Bach Ma, sitting strategically among four World Heritage Sites and encompassing natural wonders in the form of lagoons, lakes, mountains and flat lands, make up the natural choice of being protected, preserved and conserved.
The Marina and Cruise Port
The Chan May Cruise Harbor is a new 200 ha waterfront destination in Southeast part of Chan May-Lang Co & Cau Hai. Set along a prime spot on the port, a mixed-use complex includes hotels, restaurants, retail stores, condominiums, a full-service marina, a convention center, and commercial office space for MICE activities. The cornerstone of the development of Chan May Cruise Harbor is the Maritime Silk Road Resort and Convention Center, said to be the largest hotel and convention center on the Central Coast. It will serve as a base for cruise ships serving the new Maritime Silk Road, linking various destinations in Vietnam from Ha Long Bay to Phu Quoc Island. The place could be a casino within an integrated resort.
Thien An, Peace From Heaven
Thien An, is just 4km southwest of the city center and 18 km from the Phu Bai airport. The pine-covered hills in Thien An offer fresh air and a quietness for city-weary travelers. In the middle of the hills lies Thuy Tien lake, which in autumn is very clear, reflecting the pine trees wreathing the lake. Close to the royal tomb area and famous landscape of Hue city, Thien An Hill, whose name means “Peace from Heaven” is actually the common name of 140 hills and hillocks to the city's south. The ground around here is covered with pine needles and the air is filled with the woody fragrance of seed-bearing cones.
Hue Leaders call for massive private investments in province
The province of Thua Thien Hue (better known as Hue) has embarked on a massive program for the socio-economic transformation of this unbelievably beautiful historic enclave of Central Vietnam with a dream of investing in a sustainable future. Spanning some 5063 sq m in area with a 128 km coastline, 22,000 ha of lagoons, and 200,000 ha of virgin forests the province was once the seat of the Vietnamese Imperial dynasty. Hue’s leaders have identified some 77 projects for foreign and domestic investments in areas such as infrastructure, renewable energy, industrial zones, aquaculture and seafood processing, education, ports, aviation, residential and commercial complexes, resorts and hotels and medical facilities. Hue has great potential to become Vietnam’s top tourism destination. For more details on the investment projects click here
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