The West Lake of Hanoi
For most of new residents of Hanoi and first timers, they will think that Hanoi is a lake city. With Hoan Kiem Lake which is located nearby the Old Quarter and West Lake at another side, taking a tour around the lake side over the weekend is one of the cheapest and fun activities. The completion of street construction around West Lake makes the trip now easier.
You may start your lake trip by chartering an electric car at Thanh Nien Street which is located nearby West Lake and Truc Bach Lake at the east. Your trip will start by passing by a lotus pond and see thousands of pink lotus blossoms. You may stop at this area and snap some photos with lotuses in the background. Lotus in Vietnamese culture symbolizes purity, optimism and also commitment. Nearly 4000 lotus flowers will be picked daily as early as 4.00am which are used for scenting tea. A kilo of lotus tea needs around 1000 to 1400 lotus flowers.
|Electric Bus at Thanh Nien Street, Hanoi.|
Photo by David McKelvey (dgmckelvey) on Flickr CC-By 2.0