I’ve just headed to India today, in the meantime, my sweetie (Tam) is having her fantastic backpack trip to Lijiang China and nice areas around. She uses our Nikon D90, while I use the 1.3MP camera from my old smartphone ), it’s totally unfair .
The first impress of mine about India is not about auto-rickshaw everywhere, but the money notes. These notes are the most beautiful ones I’ve ever kept so far!
Wonderful travel this summer for both of us has just begun!
Chùa Cầu (Japanese Bridge, Bridge Pagoda)
There is one place in which travelers/backpackers should not miss when visiting Hoi An ancient town: Chùa Cầu (the Japanese Bridge, or the Bridge Pagoda).
It is the icon/symbol of the ancient town, and first built in 17th-century by the Japanese (this is why we have the name Japanese Pagoda).
The legendary story said that: there was a dragon with its head in Japan, body in China, and tail in Hoi An – Vietnam. Whenever the dragon wriggled violently its tail, there was an earthquake in Japan. By building this bridge to keep the dragon’s tail , the Japanese believed that there was no more earthquake in their country.
Later, people built the pagoda on top of this bridge, and we have the name Bridge Pagoda.
If you are interested in its architecture, here is the good link for reference: http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/vietnam/hoian/japanesebridge.php
Cycling the in old town
The Hoi An government & people preserve the old town very well. The street: Bach Dang (the Hoai river’s bank), Nguyen Thai Hoc, Bach Dang, Le Loi, ect.. are reserved for only walking people and bicyclists on some days of every month. And it does look & sound peaceful.
I don’t know how to express my though about this photo but the young baby girl’s eyes and emotional face.
For more information about Hoi An, you can visit my previous post: Hoi An ancient town
They were dancing on the beach to welcome sunrise
… Actually they did drag the fish net. From 4-m distance, we saw nothing in the net. When we got closer, surprisingly there were 3 big baskets of small fish. The fishermen looked happy, so did we ^^.
It was around 6:00 AM on one of Da Nang beaches along Nguyen Tat Thanh street. We don’t know its name.
** Long time no post!!! The photo was taken in Hue – Vietnam during our 3-week trip back to VN for Tet holidays in Feb 2013. It was actually a fortunate shot. I firstly intended to capture the river. While I was leaning toward the river with my camera, a poor boatman suddenly appeared a close proximity of my camera’s position… and my responsibility was to accomplish the task beautifully.
Vietnam is so beautiful, isn’t it? Beyond amazing landscape, VN is a feast of history and culture. It simply has a fulfillment of tourism development. However… Sadly enough to be disappointed, VN is one of countries where tourists once arrive but would never return to. We know thoroughly because we also encounter many similar bad things from our visit to some famous spots.
But we still love VN as we love our home. You will always feel comfortable at your home even it’s just a dirty small flat. In our dream, one day we will settle down in VN, and open a coffee shop for backpacking travelers where we collect and share all useful information to make the best trip ever in VN.
You may say it’s just a daydream. Yes, but we are still working in Engineering domain to pursuit that dream.
It’s not a good time to hangout Stockholm (or any other Scandinavian areas) in January because of cold weather, and … less sun-light. However, still I had some good memories
View from canal
In case you love photos, Fotografiska museum would be a very nice place to visit.