Hanoi is the capital of the socialist republic of Vietnam. It lies 100km from the sea along the Red river in the plains and has over 3 million inhabitants. It is a city built around several lakes, with many tree lined boulevards and a rich, very well preserved colonial heritage. Hanoi hasn't yet experienced the run-away development typical of many Asian capitals. The area around Hanoi has been inhabited for at least 5000 years, while the first defensive citadel was established in the 8th century. With a few brief interruptions, between 1010 and 1802 it was the political centre of an independent Vietnamese state. Between 1887 and 1954 it served as the capital of French Indochina. In 1954 it became initially the capital of North Vietnam, since 1976 it is the capital of Vietnam.

Around the Hoan Kiem lake photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Around the Hoan Kiem lake
Old city and 36 streets photo gallery  - 27 pictures of Old city and 36 streets
Around the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Around the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
West of Hoan Kiem lake photo gallery  - 17 pictures of West of Hoan Kiem lake
South of Hoan Kiem lake photo gallery  - 16 pictures of South of Hoan Kiem lake
24 photos of the area around Hoan Kiem lake in central Hanoi
27 photos of the old city area north of Hoan Kiem lake with its rich cultural heritage
21 photos of the area around the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, an area with many colonial era buildings
17 photos of the area west of Hoan Kiem lake, with tree lined boulevards and colonial era buildings
16 photos of the area south of Hoam Kiem lake with the Hoa Lo prison, the French colonial era opera house and a number of more modern buildings
Van Mieu pagoda (Temple of Literature) photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Van Mieu pagoda (Temple of Literature)
Quan Thanh temple and West lake photo gallery  - 22 pictures of Quan Thanh temple and West lake
Noi Bai international airport photo gallery  - 2 pictures of Noi Bai international airport
14 photos of the temple of Literature, the largest and most important temple complex in Hanoi
22 photos of West lake and of the beautiful Quan Tanh temple with its richly decorated interior
2 photos of the Noi Bai International Airport, the airport serving Hanoi
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