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* December 24-30 (Friday-Thursday): Famous Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong, born Zhang Jinlai, will arrive on his second visit to Vietnam along with a delegation from the Beijing International Broadcasting Corporation. The 51-year-old actor, known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, in the 1986 "Journey to the West" TV series, will meet with students and local reporters in Hanoi on December 25.

He will also attend a show at the Hanoi Opera House organized by the Youth Theater in the evening. On December 28, Tong will attend a press conference and meet book lovers at the Fahasa Tan Dinh Bookstore, 387 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City.

* December 30 (Thursday):

Young Korean pianist Isadora Kim will perform in a symphony concert by the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Japanese composer Tetsuji Honna at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street. Tickets cost VND150,000, 350,000, 350,000 and 450,000. For free ticket delivery, contact Mr. Do Phuong on 0913 489 858.

* Through December 30 (Thursday): The third part of "Hanoi The City in Art" shows the art works of Hamburg photographer André Lützen and Hanoi filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi at the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hanoi. Free admission.

* Through December 31 (Friday): The "Imperial Treasures" exhibition will run until the end of this month at the Museum of Vietnamese History, 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hanoi. On display are jade and gold stamps, swords, books, jade cups and golden bowls.

* Through January 5, 2011 (Wednesday): A photographic exhibition by Melissa Merryweather, a photographer and architect who has lived in Vietnam for over 12 years, will be held at Au Parc, 23 Han Thuyen Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The "Display" exhibition features snapshots of present-day HCMC with a focus on the temples in District 5 and areas around Ben Thanh Market.

* Through January 6 (Thursday): "Living Together, No More Taboos Around HIV" an exhibition of drawings, photographs and digital art - is open at Megastar Cinema, 191 Ba Trieu Street, Hanoi. 100 finalists have been selected from more than 600 high school students across Vietnam who took part in an art contest organized by Dance4life an international project to raise awareness of AIDS.

Visitors are encouraged to cast their votes for the top 20 finalists. Voters can also have their say on the website and Facebook page of the project at (www.dance4lifevietnam.org).

Judges, including a representative of the WPF, a goodwill ambassador, and a member of the school project, will then choose six winning works.

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