Anyone in the world who has been come to Hanoi once will probably tell you that it may be the most beautiful and unique city in all of the Asian countries – Hanoians have settled here along the ancient Red River for a thousand years
The time taxi into the city from Noi Bai Airport takes about one and a half hour and offers you some poignant glimpses of modern Hanoian life: farmers talking care of their fields, huge size rivers, modern highways that abruptly become bumpy and old roads.
The trip is especially breathtaking at sunset when the roads fill with bicycles and motorbikes, and everything assumes the same kind of colors as the modern paintings you see in Hanoi’s pictures.
On the side of the city, the road seems to be a maze of narrow, winding, narrow and wooded lanes. You are surrounded by shop roadside artisans, and taverns, then by commuters on bicycles and graceful villas, motorbikes, and cyclos. Modern buildings as paris architecture from the time when Vietnam still a part of French domination appear from nowhere, looking so out of space that you will wonder if they were dropped from the high sky and just left where they came to relax. While you think and tell yourself that nothing as illegitimate as Hanoi can be so beautiful and unique, you cannot help but be dazzled.
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Street Vendors are omnipresent in Hanoi
The north part of Sword Lake ( Hoan Kiem Lake ) is a group of Hanoi which name “ground zero.” Practically all the city’s tourist shops, cafés and economical hotels catering to everyone are located here. Not only is it the most ancient and oldest part of the city,
it is the busiest, most crazy, attractive and interesting. Every street is intimate, winding, and shady. At night the beautiful and colorful lights of storefronts keep the streets animated and lit.
Depending on which kind of guidebook on websites you read, this part of Hanoi is normally called the “Old Quarter,” the “36 streets,” and “Ancient Quarter.” It is wedged between the levies that protect the city from the Red River, the northern shore of Hoan Kiem Lake and the walls of the ancient Citadel.
The 36 old little streets in the quarter are each named for a commodity, good or product once sold by all the businesses on that street for a long time in the past. Streets here are named for the jewelry, medicine, copper, fans, horse hair, chicken, and even coffins once sold on them.
This simple explains why the names of some of the longer streets unintelligible vary after one or two blocks. As you discover, you will still happen upon entire blocks of paper goods merchants, tailors, tinsmiths, and lacquerware makers.
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