Interesting things about beloved Hanoi
1. The culture of Capital Hanoi
With more than 1000 years of civilization, from the beginning of Thang Long citadel until now, Hanoi has always been the largest cultural center of the country with tangible and intangible cultural relics. The peaceful area has produced an ample features with many legends, folk songs, proverbs, heroes, festivals and celebrities praised by folklore. All of them have significant impacts on people's spirit.
Hanoi is special because people from many parts of Vietnam come there along with different cultures, creating a diverse culture. It is said that nowhere in Vietnam has any cultural villages like Hanoi. The villages along with Buddhist, French architecture are scattered throughout the city, making visitors immensely interested in cultural values that exist in a crowded Hanoi.
The value of Hanoi’s culture is actually located in the ordinary people of Hanoi, in the words and civilized manners.
Once coming there, almost of visitors are impressed by the hospitability of Hanoian. Once you need help, they are always willing to give you a hand, for example direction for the long-distance traveler. Hanoian are ready to help the less fortunate, in which they have great respect, the typical meaning for the quality of Vietnamese people.
3. Busy life
Since Hanoi is the capital of a Vietnam, it is no wonder that Hanoi's pace of life is so bustling. In the morning, people go to school or work, warming the roads up. The flow of people and cars is a typical image in rush hours. However, after a day of work, Hanoi returned to its right nature of old, quiet, ancient and peaceful city.
4. Thousand years of civilization
Tradition of Hanoian always comes from the smallest things, from "Sorry", "Thank you" to how to invite and greet acquaintances or strangers. Parents always focus on educating children so that their kids behave with good manners.
The tradition is also reflected in the craft villages that make and sells unique typical products such as Bat Trang pottery village, Ngoc Ha flower village, Hang Ma street, Hang Bac street…
5. Diversity of religions
Since ancient times, religions and beliefs have become an important part in the spiritual life of Vietnamese general and Hanoian in particular. In Hanoi, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Caodaism and Islam… have many activities but they are strictly managed to help people feel comfortable living with others.
It can be said that there is a rich religious belief in Hanoi, representing the religious life of the whole country thanks to the formation and development through many historical periods, having a profound influence on both culture and society of the ancient city.
If you understand more about Hanoi's culture, you will certainly experience Hanoi easily and interestingly. For sure, while going to every corner of the capital, you are confident to know why people do this, why there are streets like that... Great! Hanoi - the land of a thousand years of civilization.
6. Thanh Tri cuisine: Rolling rice paper (Banh cuon)
Thanh Tri rolling rice paper is a famous dish of Hanoian, a specialty of Thanh Tri Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi. This kind of food is made from rice, being coated as thin as paper.
Thanh Tri rolling rice paper has no cooked minced meat inside. It usually arranged in layers in a basket. They use a lotus leaf or banana leaf to cover the basket. Sellers often put the basket of rolling rice paper on their heads then go for a walk on the streets of Hanoi. When someone buys, the seller will separate each layer so that the cake is not torn. On the surface of Banh cuon, there will be scallion and fried onion on the top of the dish. The rolls will be placed side by side and cut out. Roll cake is served with sauce, prepared in the seller's own way, and Cha que, Cha gio and herbs.
Since the 1930s, Pho has become a familiar dish with Hanoian. Up to now, on every narrow ancient street of Hanoi, it is not difficult to catch sight of a person selling Pho from the early morning till midnight.
Through the flow of history, this long-standing dish still has been preserved and handed down through generations of Hanoian. Pho has become a specialty not only for capital residents but also one of the culinary features of Vietnam.
Going for a Pho shop in Hanoi is not difficult. But which shops that hold the essence of the traditional Pho is not really easy to find.
Most of people from many parts of Vietnam or coming from all over the world associate Pho with Hanoi. Once coming to there, visitors have to try a Pho - a kind of food that represents the national cultural identity of Vietnam.