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ABOUT HANOI CAPITAL

Hanoi

Area: 921 sq. km
Population: 3,082,800 habitants (2004).

Administrative divisions:

 - Districts: Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung, Tay Ho, Thanh Xuan, Cau Giay, Long Bien, Hoang Mai.
 - Rural districts: Dong Anh, Soc Son, Thanh Tri, Tu Liem, Gia Lam.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hoa...
Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the center of culture, politics, economy and trade of the whole country.


 
Geography
 
Hoan Kiem Lake
Ha: river, Noi: interior). Hanois territory is washed by the Red River (the portion of the Red River embracing Hanoi is approximately 40km long) and its tributaries, but there are some other rivers flowing through the capital, including Duong, Cau, Ca Lo, Day, Nhue, Tich, To Lich and Kim Nguu.

Climate: Hanoi is situated in a tropical monsoon zone with two main seasons. During the dry season, which lasts from October to April, it is cold and there is very little rainfall, except from January to March, when the weather is still cold but there is some light rain. The wet season, from May to September, is hot with heavy rains and storms. The average annual temperature is 23.2C (73.7F) and the average annual rainfall is 1,800mm. The average temperature in winter is 17.2C (62.9F), but can go down to 8C (46.4F). The average temperature in summer is 29.2C (84.6F, but can reach up to 39C (102.2F).

History
 
Co Loa
Hanoi is a sacred land of Vietnam. In the 3rd century BC, Co Loa (actually belonging to Dong Anh District) was chosen as the capital of the Au Lac Nation of Thuc An Duong Vuong (the King Thuc). Hanoi later became the core of the resistance movements against the Northern invasions. Located in the middle of the Red River Delta, the town has gradually expanded to become a very populations and rich residential center. At different periods, Hanoi had been selected as the chief city of Vietnam under the Northern domination.In the autumn of Canh Tuat lunar years (1010), Ly Thai To, the founder of the Ly Dynasty, decided to transfer the capital from Hoa Lu to Dai La, and so he rebaptized it Thang Long (Soaring Dragon). The year 1010 then became an historical date for Hanoi and for the whole country in general.For about a thousand years, the capital was called Thang Long, then changing to Dong Do, Dong Kinh, and finally to Hanoi, in 1831. This sacred piece of land thereafter continued to be the theatre of many fateful events.

Tourism
 

Throughout the thousand years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars and natural calamities, Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda (built in 1049), the Temple of Literature (built in 1070), Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House, President Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum...

 

West Lake
Hanoi also characteristically contains 18 beautiful lakes such as Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, and Truc Bach Lake..., which are the lungs of the city, with their surrounding gardens and trees providing a vital source of energy.

Many traditional handicrafts are also practiced in Hanoi including bronze molding, silver carving, lacquer, and embroidery. Hanoi has many famous traditional professional handicraft villages such as Bat Trang pottery village, Ngu Xa bronze casting village, Yen Thai glossy silk...

Transportation
 

 

Road Traffic
By road: Hanoi is 93km from Ninh Binh, 102km from Haiphong, 153km from Thanh Hoa, 151km from Halong, 474km from Dien Bien Phu, 658km from Hue, 763km from Danang, and 1,710km from Ho Chi Minh City.

By air: Noi Bai International Airport, over 35km from the city center, is one of the biggest airports of the country with various international and domestic routes. There are domestic flights from Hanoi to Danang, Dien Bien, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang and international flights to many countries in over the world.

By train: Hanoi Railway Station is Vietnam's main railway station. It is the starting point of five railway lines leading to almost every province in Vietnam.  


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  HOW TO GET HERE
You can book flight ticket from abroad. Hanoi capital has the direct routes from many countries. and from all the other provinces within Vietnam.
International Noi Bai airport is 35km from the city.
 
EXPLORE THE CITY
Attractions   Local Event  
Hoan Kiem Lake
West Lake
Tran Quoc Pagoda
more...
Co Loa Festival
Trieu Khuc Festival
Thay Pagoda Festival
more...
       
ENJOY YOUR STAY
Lodging   Restaurants- Bars  
Hanoi Sofitel Metropole
Daewoo Hotel
Nikko Hotel
more...
La Dolce Vita Restaurant
Country Side Restaurant
Little Hanoi
more...
       
Shopping      
Ipa Nima Shop
Greenmart
Kenly Silk
   
       
 
 
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