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Hanging around Hanoi | round 2

More snapshots from the streets of Hanoi. If you did not see the first batch, you can do so here.

A street in Hanoi

Courtesy: www.snowless.com

An excellent photo (made by someone else, not me) of a major Hanoi street outside peak hour (I am totally baffled what time of the day the photo was shot, as peak hour never seems to end in Hanoi). Note the red banners on top, I will get back to those in one of my other photos…

A Japanese bonsai exhibition, Hanoi city center

A bonsai exhibition, Hanoi city center

An open-air bonsai exhibition near Hanoi city center. I came across it by accident on my way to a tourist agency to buy a bus ticket to Nanning (China). At the time I passed by it was closed – hence you see no people. The exhibition banners were only in Vietnamese, and the only information I could understand was a date. The date was two days from now. I suspect that it might have been the official exhibition opening day. On a side note – I am not an expert and I just assumed it is a bonsai exhibition coming from Japan. But one has to be careful with assumptions. While I was preparing this post, in Wikipedia I came across the statement that the art of bonsai originates from a Chinese predecessor called penjing. Either way, it was nice.

The Vietnamese answer to the Japanese bonsai? Hoan Kiem Lake park, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake park, Hanoi

What is that? A Native Vietnamese bonsai to counter the Chinese original?

The Vietnamese answer to the Japanese bonsai? Hoan Kiem Lake park, Hanoi

Topiary to the People! Hoan Kiem Lake park, Hanoi

Well, in fact pruning trees in the shapes of animals is an age-old technique that has been practiced all over the world. Here is the article on Topiary article at Wikipedia.

Crossing the street, Hanoi

Crossing the street, Hanoi

“HANOI Street Crossing 101”: 1) Traffic never ends 2) Traffic never stops moving either 3) Traffic is always massive 3) The proper way to cross is to enter it, moving slowly so that drivers can see you and calculate their actions to avoid collision 4) Pedestrian crossings are mostly for decorative purpose – crossing there gives you no better protection 5) Contrary to what it might seem like, collisions are extremely unlikely. I never saw (or participated in) any.

Gory photos of car accident traumas at a hospital entrance

Photos of car accident traumas at a hospital entrance

I just said above that collisions are extremely unlikely, but this does not mean that car accidents do not happen. They sure do – and here you are, some visuals. Vietnam is perhaps the only country where you’d see such an unedited display of information on the potential hazards of driving. (Actually, using the word ‘potential’ here is quite incorrect). It was as much a surprise for me as for anyone else to come across this notice board – of which only the left half is featured. But then I started thinking about it and it seems to me that the Vietnamese people have developed a lot of tolerance for such sights after all the horror photos from the war that they’ve seen since they were children.

A street in Hanoi, very near the city center

A street in Hanoi, very near the city center

This strange street is located somewhere on the way from the Hoam Lake in the center to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. While I saw no train crossing the rails, if you look closer you’ll notice that the rail tracks are well-maintained – suggesting that they are in use. In noisy / busy Hanoi I think that living on a central street with no automobile traffic is a blessing. On the left side of the tracks is a similar row of houses.

The mounting of a four meter tall window pane is no easy task

The mounting of a four meter tall window pane is no easy task

A moment’s distraction and all the shouting going on to coordinate the seven men’s actions might end in vain. Just don’t honk your horn!

The banner truck, Hanoi

The banner truck, Hanoi

A banner-mounting team (the secret of how all those street banners are placed revealed!)

Mathematics & marketing at its finest

Mathematics & marketing at its finest

It’s got to be some really hot sale item, I guess…

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