Central areas in big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet and Da Lat were crowded with huge numbers of people out to take part in festive activities on eve of December 31 and ring in the New Year.
|HCMC bright with flowers and lights to welcome 2013 (Photo: SGGP)|
Thousands flocked to Tau Hu-Ben Nghe Canal along Ben Van Don Street in District 4 of HCMC to watch a special live music program on a stage built over the canal, which once was infamous for pollution and bad smell.
Many watched lit up boats and vehicles covered with flower garlands and colored lanterns move on the canal and the parallel streets.
The music program by well-known artists and music bands will continue on night of January 1, 2013.
|The youth welcome New Year in the center area of HCMC (Photo: SGGP)|
Despite chilly weather, thousands of Hanoians streamed outdoors to watch open-air music performances, and went to the Hanoi Opera House and Ly Thai To Flower Garden to enjoy stage performances by artists.
On the afternoon of December 31, the Teenager and Youth Activity Center in Thua Thien-Hue Province held a gala evening to ring in the New Year, attracting more than 5,000 students from various universities and colleges in the city.
|Boats of flower garlands and colored lanterns on Tau Hu-Ben Nghe Cannal (Photo: SGGP)|
Phan Thiet City in Binh Thuan Province welcomed the New Year with about 10,500 international visitors, most of them Russian.
Because of a high number of Russian tourists, big hotels in the central area hosted a Gala Dinner with music programs and traditional art performances like Cham dance and Sap dance. Some resorts in Ham Tien and Ham Thuan Nam areas organized a program of Russian folk music and dance.
Thousands of residents and tourists gathered in the center area of Da Lat City to celebrate the New Year amidst the cold weather with temperature of only 15 degrees Celsius. Walking streets, amusement and shopping centers were crowed with holidaymakers.