HO CHI MINH CITY, July 23 (Xinhua) — Nearly 180 children from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia will gather here from July 27 to August 1 for sightseeing and cultural exchange, the Ho Chi Minh City authorities said Saturday.

The children include 50 from Laos, 50 from Cambodia and 79 from Vietnam. They will visit many historical sites and beauty spots in the city, and participate in art performances.

The event is designed to help strengthen solidarity and friendship among the three countries, said the local authorities.