Vietnam prepares souvenirs for APEC guests

Updated: 2006-11-10 16:51

HANOI -- Vietnam has prepared some special souvenirs for guests to the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, Vietnam News Agency reported Friday.

Vietnam's Thai Tuan Textile Company will offer them 650 traditional long dresses (ao dai) and 100 women jackets which feature bronze drums, lotuses and conical hats, Vietnam's symbols, and the logo of APEC 2006.

The country has prepared other souvenirs bearing the Vietnamese culture identity, including dragon-shaped boats made from precious wood and silver, and Vietnamese-English photo albums entitled " Vietnam, my love".

The 42cm-long boats show the idea of APEC leaders jointly sailing them, overcoming difficulties towards a dynamic, developed and prosperous community.

The album with nearly 150 pictures features beauties of localities nationwide such as Hanoi capital city, central Hue city and southern Ho Chi Minh City.

Besides, Vietnamese skillful artisans have made portraits of leaders of APEC member economies from gemstones and colored sand to present them to the leaders.

The APEC Summit expected to draw attendance by most of leaders from the 21 member economies, including Chinese President Hu Jintao, U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and some other important events such as the Joint Ministerial Meeting and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Summit are scheduled to take place in Hanoi from November 12-19.

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