Gems add a sparkle to street sales


HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 April 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee in District 5 says ‘jewelry streets’ are scheduled to open 27 April in a move to make the city more attractive to international visitors.

Tuoi Tre News quoted the District 5 People’s Committee’s office head, Nguyen Vo Xuan Ky, saying authorities in District 5 have pledged to establish specialised streets selling various products such as gems, handicrafts and art.

Nhieu Tam Street will be the centre of an exclusive zone while Nghia Thuc and Bui Huu Nghia Streets will also be part of the area.

Credit Tuoi Tre News

About 55 businesses selling gold, silver, gemstones, Feng Shui and related tools will also be situated along these roads.

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonising everyone with the surrounding environment. It is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy–observation of appearances through formulas and calculations.

Each facility will be equipped with a logo common to the ‘jewelry street’ brand, while employees will also have distinct uniforms depending on their type of service, the report said.

Local authorities will also cooperate with tour operators to introduce the ‘jewelry streets’ to international tourists.

Security cameras had been installed along theses streets to ensure order and safety in the area. A security unit will also be established to work with local police officers and deal with potential crime and disorders.

A hotline will be announced for visitors to give feedback on the quality of services and products sold in the zone, it added.

Ho Chi Minh City targets 6 million international visitors in 2017. The city welcomed more than 5.2 million foreign tourists last year, a rise of 10% against 2015.