Vietnam is a country that I want to go for long, although Hong Kong is not very far away from Vietnam. Frankly saying the relationship is not really close, at least Hong Kong people need to apply a visa in prior to enter the border, no matter you are a BNO holder or HKSAR passport holder. What comes to my mind is that the Vietnamese refugees fled to Hong Kong and escaped from communist regime amid 70-80s. But now, the political problem settled, and Vietnam is a good destination for rest and relax, and also a good place for Pho (noodles in Vietnamese!)
60 seconds to travel mid-Vietnam. Videos captured by an iPhone 6s and Sony Action Camera; Photos below were taken by an iPhone 6s
Flying to Hoian
Hoian was my destination, which is not far away from Danang, the third large city in Vietnam, following Saigon and Hanoi. Almost 1000 years, getting through several Vietnamese dynasties, French colonial era and Vietnam war, Hoian, the ancient city has preserved hybrid cultures from the East and the West. But what welcomed me first in Vietnam was a heavy rainfall, so this should be a typical weather in a tropical nation.
The really old things around Hoian
Natural beauty and historical heritage are not far away. My son ruined city and Marble Mountains are all close to Hoian.
hybridization of cultures in Hoian
According to the local guide, Hoian had been established for 800 years. This is a mid point between countries in Southeast Asia and China and Japan. So Vietnam has been influenced by Chinese and Japanese cultures for a very long period of time. The nation had been using Traditional Chinese and abandoned decades ago, but nowadays you can still find that houses are in ancient Chinese styles; decorations, artifacts and heritages are all written in Chinese, even not many Vietnamese natives know and understand Chinese.
Communist Vietnam and Communist China, or maybe this is the similarity of all red regimes in the world: the photo of the founding father can be found in every person’s home.