Travel to Hoian, Vietnam with an iPhone 6s

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.

Weather is always good 30,000 feet above ground
Weather is always good 30,000 feet above ground
a Vietnamese couple having a late supper under a heavy rainfall
a Vietnamese couple having a late supper under a heavy rainfall
Hoian Night Market
Prepare your raincoat, the rain should not stop your journey!
Hoian Night Market
local food stall is still running
Vietnamese colors: lantern in Hoian night market
Vietnamese colors: lantern stall in Hoian night market

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.

A Chinese template Inside the Marble Mountains
A Chinese template Inside the Marble Mountains
Sunlight is coming inside through that hole up on the cave!
Sunlight is coming inside through that hole up on the cave!
A thousand years ago, people used stones and marbles to build their cities in My Son. And the architects are still preserved
A thousand years ago, people used stones and marbles to build their cities in My Son. And the architects are still preserved

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.

The Chinese backyard found in Vietnam
The Chinese backyard found in Vietnam
This house should be built by Chinese decades before
This house should be built by Chinese decades before, as you can see Chinese wordings are at the front door
Ho Chi Minh is everywhere in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh is everywhere in Vietnam

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.

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