By Shah Shamshiri
Attracting visitors from all over the world, Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi continues to enthrall the curious and seekers of old Asian charm. Situated in the northern bit of the country, Hanoi currently stands as the second largest Vietnamese city by population. According to Wikipedia, the population total was 7.7 million in 2015 and continues to grow along with the rapid progress of the city.
Conquered by the French in 1873, it became the administrative centre of the colony of French Indochina. And like all former French colonies, the city was given a French ‘make-over’ when the colonisers built a modern administrative city south of Old Hanoi, creating broad, perpendicular tree-lined avenues of opera, churches, public buildings, and luxury villas.
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