Red Bridge on Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake flaunting the distinctive Huc (or red) bridge is located in the heart of the Old Quarters of Hanoi, around the lake are cute little cafes where you can just sit for hours and watch the people crossing the chaotic street.
Legend has it that Heaven sent Emperor Le Thai To a magical sword, which he used to drive out the Chinese in Vietnam. A golden tortoise emerged and grabbed the sword and disappeared in the lake. Since then, the lake has beem know as Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of the Restored Sword).
Hoan Kiem’s life is bustling at the break of dawn as serious joggers take on the streets, paths are crowed with people doing taichi.