Crossing its red-painted wooden bridge brings you to an islet with a temple dedicated to the 14th century military leader Tran Hung Dao (3).
An even smaller islet on the other side of the lake hosts the elegant 19th century Turtle Tower (4).8am-5pm daily).
Drug smuggling and human trafficking are the main problems, alongside the smuggling of amber, cigarettes and alcohol.
Statistics show the crime rate in the region is 20 percent higher than in mainland Russia, and organized crime controls the illegal activities in the city, fomenting corruption and undermining economic performance.
nuclear deterrent, magnified the militancy of Maoist China, and provoked an orgy of self-doubt in the United States itself.
You may not agree with some of the believes and traditions that I’m going to list below, but reading this list will save you a lot of headache and hopefully will help you in starting to appreciate the beauty of our Vietnamese culture and traditions: The 10 Do’s: 1.Housed in a colonial building that was once the French School of the Far East, the museum exhibits ceramics, statues and tablets dating back to Vietnam’s prehistory, as well as from the centuries of Chinese rule and the contemporary struggle against imperialism.Head back towards the Old Quarter, past the 19th century faux-Gothic cathedral (6), for some traditional pastries, or banh.Say “Happy New Year” in any language that you can when you see a Vietnamese or an Asian person.In Vietnamese, it is “Chuc Mung Nam Moi,” with a big smile! Give red envelopes (Li Xi), though in the old days, only married people were supposed to do this task in the new year because married people were believed to be more successful than single individuals. Just don’t overdo the smiling and laughing because people may misjudge you as someone recently discharged from an asylum or someone on dope.It is the best place to get smuggled cars and discount narcotics.