One of the most striking things about Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is its architecture. In places, the city’s an architectural shambles where past and present in the form of French, Chinese, Soviet and local styles collide. While other parts of the city are still remarkably faithful to the vision of French colonial planners. As the former capital of French Indochina, a rich variety of colonial style buildings decorate the city - from the grand to the modest, from the newly renovated to those near collapse. The French built their empire on the blood, sweat and tears of the local population. Six decades after the departure of the French, those buildings have been welded into the distinctly Vietnamese character of the city and make a huge contribution to its atmosphere and charm. This gallery is a survey of some personal highlights. William Logan's "Hanoi: Biography of a city" (2000) is an excellent account of the city's architectural evolution.
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