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  • Hanoi City

    Hanoi takes Vietnam’s resolute, cheerful, long-suffering resilience and crystallises it, unmistakably, into a gorgeous jumble of worldly phenomena.

    Its stunning old French colonial buildings, once frustrating symbols of foreign oppression, are now used by the triumphantly home-grown Vietnamese government, which negotiated independence in the 1970s. For a softer, yet no less tenacious, exhibition of Vietnamese persistence, join the hundreds of Hanoi’s old ladies who get up, before dawn, every day. They’re off to practise Tai Chi around beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, while the sun rises.

    A ‘wonderfully chaotic’ city, Hanoi undoubtedly ranks amongst the finest cities in Asia – if not the world. Its streets are bustling. The traffic is, frankly, mad. Yet somehow – perhaps because Hanoi is full of trees – the overall impression is harmonious, evocative. Ancient temple complexes nestle, leafy and inviting, between brightly coloured shops and houses. The people buzz along between them, stirring up the dust.

    The city got a thorough face-lift for its 1000th birthday celebration, in October 2010, and never looked better. Entire streets were renovated. A world record beating 4km-long mural was added. Practically every neighbourhood was repainted in preparation for the event, which was broadcast around the world.

    Hanoi weaves romance, energy and charm into a truly unique atmosphere – one that most visitors fall in love with overnight. The city is alive with people from daybreak until last thing at night. Even then, the Pho stands are open, making sure Hanoi continues to eat!

    The city has its own unique cuisine. Locals will be delighted to explain how vastly superior this is, to food in other Vietnamese cities. Join them at their favourite pastime – snacking on the amazing street food you can find on nearly every corner.

    One of the most remarkable highlights of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum exhibits the embalmed body of ‘Uncle’ Ho, the revolutionary leader who liberated Vietnam. Thousands of Vietnamese visit him, to pay their respects. You can too – it may sound macabre, but in fact it’s a solid, exuberant expression of the delight, relief and gratitude the Vietnamese feel for their freedom.

    Other Hanoi highlights include the One Pillar Pagoda, nearly 1,000 years old and perched in a lotus pool, and the exquisite Temple of Literature, devoted to the memory of Confucius.

    The excellent Museum of Ethnology lets you learn about Vietnam’s cultural heritage, with a life-size hill tribe village amongst the exhibits. This would be a great place to prepare yourself before heading into Sapa or mountainous Ha Giang, where many of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities still lead traditional lives.

    Many people do not have a definitive image of Hanoi before visiting, their perceptions have probably only been formed from watching some of he many Vietnam War movies. Hanoi is a city that blends an exotic feeling with modern life in its grace, history and architecture. The city has shed its past image and has been economically reformed. It’s also getting noticed more and more on the global tourism circuit and in fact has just been announced as one of the cheapest cities in Asia!

    Now, the boulevards are filled with mansions and the area has an abundance of parks and lakes. I recently got a chance to visit Hanoi and was astounded by how much the city has to offer. Here is a look into the things that I got to do and see along with a few tips and pieces of advice for others who are considering the journey as well as a few things not to do in Vietnam!

    5 Must See Historical Attractions in Hanoi

    Hanoi offers a great amount of attractions to tourists within both the metropolitan areas and the natural countryside. Here are just a few of the top attractions that should not be missed

    The Temple Of Literature

    One of the most amazing places to explore, The Temple Of Literature (pictured above), is actually not a temple, but is a large compound of gates, lakes, a courtyard and museum. Back in 1070, it was the first University of Vietnam and dedicated to the famous Chinese Philosopher Confucius. I loved the serenity this attraction offered. Make sure to leave plenty of time to roam around, take pictures, and soak up the ambiance.

    One Pillar Pagoda

    One of the most iconic attractions, the One Pillar Pagoda, or Chua Mot Cot, is a Buddhist Temple that stands in a lotus dam on one stone pillar and is pictured at the very top of this post. Inside this structure, there is a statue of a goddess with one hundred arms, it is believed that she can help couples who want children, but are suffering with infertility issues.

    Hoan Kiem Lake

    In my opinion, the Hoan Kiem Lake district is the best part of the city. The Turtle Tower is the center point and is pictured below. It is a nice place to take a walk, chill out for a moment or grab some of the best photos of Hanoi, provided its not too misty!

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    A visit to Uncle Ho’s mausoleum is a truly eerie and surreal experience (pictured below). Many fellow travellers had their fruit confiscated on entry (what are they going to do with it?) and many were also turned away for wearing shorts and vests. No talking, no photos and single file only but what a view! To see Ho Chi Minh himself laying there embalmed Lenin-style is an awesome experience.

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