Ha Noi is the capital of the socialist republic of Viet Nam. The center of culture, politic, economy of the country.
It’s the largest city in Việt Nam, it lies on the red River in the north center of Viet Nam.
And it has a population about over 6 million people(as 2008) Ha Noi has become the capital of Việt Nam since 1010. Its name has changed several times. The capital was first called Thang Long, then Dong Do , Dong Kinh, and finally, it has been called Ha Noi since 1831
Ha Noi is situated in a tropical monsoon zone with two main seasons; dry season and wet season. The dry season last from October to April next year. It’s cold, cloudy and occasionally rainy. The wet season last from May to September. It’s hot and heavy rain, even storms
Ha Noi is exciting and peaceful capital. Hanoi still maintains many ancient architecture. Including : The old quarters and over 600 pagodas and Temples. One of the famous places is The one Pillar Pagoda; The Quoc Tu Giam temple Literature, Hanoi Opera House; Precedent Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. And now, there’re a lot of big famous buildings as My Dinh stadium; Ho Tay water park; National conference center.
Ha Noi has a lot of green trees, parks, lakes, Which are lungs of the city, keep the air clean and fresh.
However, Ha Noi has problems with traffic and pollution. Only over 6 million people but there are 4.5 million motorbike and car. Traffic jams occur. There’s a lot of smoke and dust in the air. So the air isn’t really clean. Moreover the price and service is a bit expensive, so many people don’t like living here.
Apart from these problems. Hanoi is still a beautiful place to live and to work and I like living here.
The Vietnam War helped to unfairly saddle Hanoi with a reputation as a dour outpost for Communist apparatchiks. It may not be as chaotic as Saigon, but Hanoi ranks among the world’s most attractive and interesting cities. The city’s placid air gives it a gracious, almost regal flavor, underscored by a rich history that traces back more than a thousand years — a fascinating heritage on display in well-preserved centuries-old architecture. Hanoi is Vietnam’s cultural center, and puppetry, music, and dance performances are well worth your time.
The quintessential Hanoi neighborhood and the oldest area in town, the Old Quarter is a maze of streets dating back to the 13th century. The Old Quarter’s Communal Houses were set up by guilds as small temples to honor a local god — the Bach Ma, or White Horse, who represents the city itself. Another sightseeing highlight is the Temple of Literature — a sanctuary of Confucianism and Vietnam’s seat of learning for almost a thousand years.
Hanoi is the best place to experience traditional Vietnamese arts such as opera, theater, and water puppetry, shows that feature traditional music and depict Vietnamese folklores and myths. The city also has a variety of pleasant little watering holes. For a vivid taste of local street life, Hanoi style, pull up a little plastic squat stool on a street corner or in one of the many cozy, open-air bars serving the local brew bia-hoi.
It’s hard to have a bad meal in Hanoi. Hanoi’s finest local food is served at small, one-dish restaurants, usually just open-air joints at street-side, where you might wonder why a line is snaking out the door. The ubiquitous pho — noodle soup served with slices of beef (bo) or chicken (ga), fresh bean sprouts and condiments — can be found anywhere. And don’t miss cha ca, Hanoi’s famed spicy fish fry-up.
Dozens of small, serene lakes dotted about Hanoi offer transport to tranquility amid the city bustle. In the morning, the circumference walkway encircling Hoan Kiem Lake becomes a training camp, with locals working up a sweat performing tai chi or calisthenics. Otherwise, walking is the best way to tour the winding passages of the Old Quarter. More intrepid souls bike around town to beat the chaotic traffic — most hotels have a cycle to rent.