While we are waiting for the pre assignment of our future child we are preparing ourselves to become parents. Where biological parents might read (self help)books on pregnancy for future mothers and fathers, preparing childbirth and what not, we are reading about the country of our future child; Vietnam.
Here is what we´ve learnt:
5. Hải PhòngOn the way to Ha Long Bay from Hanoi lies the city of Hải Phòng
Hải Phòng is a major industrial city, the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam, and third largest city overall in Vietnam with over 2 million inhabitants. It is also the center of technology, economy, culture, medicine, education, science and trade in the northern coast of Vietnam.
Hải Phòng was founded in 1887 by the French, served as a main maritime city until 1974 and is one of the most modern, industrial green cities of Vietnam.
The city has ancient buildings suchs as pagodas (like the Du Hang Pagoda), churches (like the Hai Pong Cathedral) an Opera House and an international exhinition center.
For those who love nature, the Ha Long Bay is the next stop from here, but the Cat Ba archipelago is beatiful as well.
The city sports Buffalo fighting and dragon boat racing amongst their cultural activities.