Magine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
The grand old dame of Asia, Hanoi lay in a deep slumber after Vietnam’s partition in 1954 until the effects of economic reforms kicked in four decades later. The city survived American bombs to emerge relatively unscathed in the early 1990s as an example of a French-conceived colonial city. Huge mansions line grand boulevards, and lakes and parks dot the city, providing a romantic backdrop to the nonstop soundtrack. There are still moments of Paris, as the smell of baguettes and café au lait permeates street corners.
Known by many names down the centuries, Thang Long (City of the Soaring Dragon) is the most evocative, and let there be no doubt that this dragon is on the up once more.Area: 3.324,92 sq km Population: 6,233 million habitants (8/2008) There are 10 districts inside ( Dong Da, Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Ba Dinh, Cau Giay, Hoang Mai, Long Bien, Tay Ho, Thanh Xuan, Ha Dong) and 18 districts of Hanoi’s outskirt ( Ba Vi, Chuong Mi, Dan Phuong, Dong Anh, Gia Lâm…..)