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Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, is a city with both traditional and legendary. It is characterized by its lakes, since it is located on the Red River Delta, shady avenues and green parks. Hoan Kiem Lake is the real heart of Hanoi, where Asian and European influences are mixed.

Hanoi is very pleasant to visit; the city opens its doors to walk through its historic neighborhoods, its long boulevards planted with trees and why not aboard a pagoda flowing along the river... The unusual key in the capital, an invasion of motorcycles that roam the city, such as Holland bikes! Lovers of "Tai Chi" will be served, since performances are regularly given in the streets of Hanoi, to the delight of the eyes. "The city beyond the river" will be able to attract you, so do not resist it!

The city is protected by high dikes, sprinkled with lakes and planted trees. It is crisscrossed by countless small streets lined with tiny houses trimmed with pastel colors from another age.

Legend has it that Heaven has given to the Emperor Ly Thai To a magical sword to hunt the Chinese in Vietnam. While remit on the lake once peace is reestablished, a turtle emerged from the water, seized the sword and disappeared into the depths. From which the lake name was named, because the turtle was responsible for returning the sword to its divine owners.

The old neighborhood of Hanoi is designed as a leaf of which the Silk Street is the central vein. The area consists of streets bearing the names evocative of ancient craft guilds: Cotton Street, Sugar Street, Rice Street, Vermicelli Street...

The puppet show on water "Thang Long" is one of the best in this typically Vietnamese art. The water puppetry has its origins in the stubbornness of puppeteers of the Red River Delta to continue the show despite the floods.

Halong Bay, abounds with natural beauty, has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 which is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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