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SEE Sunday, 09 August 2015

Hanoi by motorcycle

See Vietnam’s bustling capital via the country’s most popular mode of transportation.

Dinh Tien Hoang

Vietnam's exotic capital, Hanoi, is a bustling city best experienced from the back of a motorcycle – the country’s most popular mode of transportation. A steady stream of motorcycles, rickshaws and cars converge at the busy intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang Boulevard and Hang Dao Street (pictured). Named after the first Vietnamese emperor after Chinese rule in the 10th Century, Dinh Tien Hoang is a busy tree-lined boulevard in the city’s Old Quarter. (Justin Guariglia/National Geographic Stock)

 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Young bikers pass in front of Hanoi's Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which honours Vietnam’s revolutionary leader by the same name, who died in the city in 1969. Each day, hundreds of visitors file past Ho Chi Minh’s corpse, which is on display within a glass chamber in the mausoleum. (Justin Guariglia/National Geographic Stock) 

 A growing city

Hanoi is one of the world’s fastest growing cities, with a population of more than 2.6 million. The UN has projected that the city’s population will rise to 4.5 million by 2025. Its residents own a total of more than 3.5 million motorcycles, which keeps traffic moving in such a densely populated area. (Justin Guariglia/National Geographic Stock) 

Colonial architecture

The Hanoi Opera House (pictured), built between 1901 and 1911, is a historic French colonial building situated in August Revolution Square at the center of the city. In 1945, a large demonstration broke out in the square that contributed to the Viet Minh’s ascent to power. The Viet Minh were a Nationalist Organization, founded by Ho Chi Minh and led by the country’s Communist party, who wanted independence from the France. The opera house was restored in 1995 and still serves as a venue for operas and other musical events today. (Justin Guariglia/National Geographic Stock) 

A vital industry

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Agriculture is a vital industry in Vietnam, making up more than 20% of its gross domestic product and the majority of Hanoi’s street vendors come from the countryside. Rural farmers arrive in the city shouldering poles strung with baskets of fruit and vegetables to sell on the city’s crowded sidewalks. (Justin Guariglia/National Geographic Stock) 

Source BBC


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