With its blend of French, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture set
amongst three-lined boulevards and lakes, Ha Noi is the jewel of
Viet Nam. Charming pagodas and the 36 streets and 36 wares of the
fascinating old quarter will attract your attention. Famous sights
also include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the ancient Temple of Literature,
the Lake of the Restored Sword, the One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi Opera
House, the Fine Arts museum and the Museum of Ethnology to name
but a few.
Human habitation of Northern Vietnam goes back
about 500,000 years according to archaelogical evidence. The site
of present-day Hanoi has been populated for at least 10,000 years.
These first inhabitants formed a feudally organized society that
first relied on hunting, fishing and gathering, later developing
animal husbandry and agriculture. These tribes developed in relative
isolation until about 2000 years ago.