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Expats discover Ha Noi delights

HA NOI — Fun-loving and outgoing expatriates will gather today for a fun competition aimed to discover more of Ha Noi - their "home away from home".

Entitled Urban Discovery Ha Noi Bar Challenge 2011, the competition is for groups seeking a fun experience, whereby the idea is that teams of four compete to find hidden checkpoints, solve clues and engage in mental and physical challenges. For all of which, the only allowed methods of travel are foot or local public transportation.

Eight teams from restaurants and bars across the city will have a chance not only to discover the city's hidden gems, but also put their knowledge, communication and navigation skills, creativity, stamina and team spirit to the test.

The four-hour competition will start with a Ha Noi-themed quiz to determine the smartest team. The winning team will be the first to leave and continue to the next challenge.

In the second phase, the groups will race criss-crossing Ngoc Ha Village, made famous for its traditional flower-growing jobs. They will have to follow a route to pre-determined checkpoints, where they will solve clues and compete in games before continuing the race.

The checkpoint challenges include a blindfold tasting of the different types of beer in Ha Noi, finding signs of love in the Botanical Garden, finding the wreckage of an B52 American war plane, and buying a delicious local blood sausage.

Other challenges that competitors will experience are a competition with the local table tennis champion, a wedding card and team picture with the lucky couple, and a stair climb of a 15-storey building to count the number of the stairs.

Hosted by Urban Discover – a non-profit venture that preserves heritage and improves the quality of local urban life, the Ha Noi Bar Challenge 2011 will kick off at 1.30pm tomorrow at NOC Bar, 671 Hoang Hoa Tham Street.

The winning team will be announced at an awards party at Puku Cafe, 16 Tong Duy Tan Street, at 6pm the same day. — VNS

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