Hoi An style lanterns to be displayed in Germany

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Lanterns from Hoi An Town in the central province of Quang Nam will be displayed in the German city of Wernigerode from July 26 to 28 as part of Germany's annual event, Vietnam Culture Week.

The information was announced on May 1 by Nguyen Su, a Hoi An official who will attend the exhibition, which is part of a festival entitled: "Hoi An lantern Vietnamese honor guest of Wernigerode."

Wernigerode mayor Peter Gaffert said the connection between Hoi An and his city is based on their many shared traits including geography, culture, economics and tourism.

Representatives from Hoi An and Wernigerode also plan to sign a document during the event which will officially make them sister cities.

Wernigerode is a small city of 35,000 people that has more than 2,000 houses and other buildings that are more than 300 years old.

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Hoi An's colorful lanterns come in various forms such as circles and diamonds, while others are shaped to look like garlic. They are produced from silk because for its beauty and imperviousness to water, which also makes them easy to clean and transport.

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