POTENTIAL OF THE SEA OF VIET NAM 2

II. NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE SEA The coast of Viet Nam stretches approximately 3,260 kilometers across 13 degrees of latitude. Compared with Southeast Asian countries, Viet Nam has the largest ratio of coastline to land area and is ranked 27lh by coastline of the 157 countries bordering the sea. The average ratio of coastline to land area of the world ... Read More »

POTENTIAL OF THE SEA OF VIET NAM

I. LOCATION AND ROLE OF THE SEA Viet Nam has the advantages of a coastal state. The location of Viet Nam as exposed to the sea is particularly vital for Southeast Asia and the world. The sea has played a permanent role in the national thousand-year history because it has been closely associated with national defense and prosperity. Therefore, management ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand 6 – The best of the rest

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Australia and New Zealand 5 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (1) Adelaide Festival of Arts Where? Adelaide, Australia When? March How long? 2 weeks This long-running arts festival has been going since 1960 and is modelled on Edinburgh’s mix of highbrow culture and cutting-edge experimentalism, with a main festival (©www.adelaidefestival.com.au), and a fringe festival (©www.adeiaidefringe.com.au) running alongside. Beer Can Regatta Where? Darwin, Australia When? July ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand 4 – Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (3) The mornings after The following day offers little reprieve, with the lanes closed behind Flinders Street, and thousands gathering for a cleansing ale and more dancing. Recovery parties continue through Sunday and into Monday, so be sure to pace yourself if you want to keep going. A recent addition to the hectic schedule is ... Read More »

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (2) The Mardi Gras Parade The Mardi Gras Parade is a fantastic event by any standards, and enjoyable for people of any sexuality, provided partial nudity, G- strings, wild unleashings of inhibitions, random acts of love and lewd innuendo don’t offend. The parade gets underway at 7.45pm from the Liverpool and Elizabeth street corner ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand – Birdsville Races

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The best of the rest (4) Shandur Polo Tournament Where? Shandur Pass, Pakistan When? July How long? 1 day The highest and most remote polo tournament in the world is staged in the Shandur Pass, in the far north of Pakistan, between six teams from each end of the pass. It’s a fantastically remote place for a sports event, 11,000 ... Read More »

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