Monday, 22 October 2012

Green Excursions around Hanoi

The city of Hanoi recently approved the use of electric vehicles to transport tourists around the Old Quarter and to other famous sites, offering visitors a green and more convenient way to get acquainted with Vietnam’s capital city.
Operated by the Dong Xuan Share-Holding Company, the electric vehicles, looking like oversized golf carts, can accommodate 12 passengers. The customers can choose from two different routes, with each costing between 10,000 and 30,000 VND per person and are available daily from 8:30am to 11:00pm. 

Electric cars take visitors around Ho Guom for sight-seeing.

A stop at Dinh Tien Hoang Street.

The electric car passes Quan Chuong City Gate.

Children take a ride by electric cars around the Old Quarter.

The electric car is a convenient means of transport for visitors to tour Hanoi during the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

Green tours around Hanoi streets.

Passing Hanoi Post Office.

Foreign tourists enjoy a tour around Hanoi's Old Quarter by electric car.

A stop at Dong Xuan Market.

All the tour guides are well versed in the cultural and gastronomy habits of Hanoi, past and present, and foreign language audio CD’s are available for those unfamiliar with Vietnamese. For the local people these tours are an ideal way for the elders to travel down memory road while the young people have a great opportunity to learn more about the ancient craft streets and famous sites. Each tour takes about 40 minutes.

Jend Oldham, an Australian tourist on her first visit to Hanoi, said that she was very surprised seeing many people, even Hanoians, using the electric vehicles. "The electric car is a means of transport that is very friendly to the environment. I feel totally relaxed when travelling along the ancient streets, and further more I am introduced to Hanoi's history and its long-standing culture. Next time, on my trip to Hanoi, I'll take the electric car again," she said.

The Dong Xuan Share-Holding Company plans to help local people in the old streets to restore typical crafts, such as goldsmith, forge, drum making, etc., in co-ordination with introducing and selling handicraft art articles to visitors. This will be very useful for visitors, especially foreigners, who want to learn more about Hanoi's sophisticated crafts.

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