There will be an extremely interesting feeling when wandering on streets in Hanoi autumn, feeling a little poetic autumn of “Ha Thanh”. Even the Hanoians also falls in love with Hanoi in autumn most with the mist covering picturesque lakes dispelling the sweltering heat, and the engaging image of beautiful Hanoi girls in “1001 sweatshirt styles” down the street. Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, admiring Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, you will actually impress a vibrant and breathtaking Hanoi. Going to Hanoi autumn, I never miss a chance to ride around West Lake on green paths filled with Ngoc Lan fragrance.
The Hanoians is actually romantic. Loving each other, they hand many meaningful flowers. Passing by West Lake in every afternoon, I always have a chance to admire the image of Ngoc Lan flower along streets...These loving couples often stopping to choose the white, pristine, and beautiful flower as a gift for their own lover. In addition, renting a boat floating in the lake tour in this season though it's quite cold, you will actually find out an extremely poetic life. If luckily, you will “grab” a few unique pictures in a song about the Hanoi autumn of Trinh Cong Son.
Taking part in a Hanoi tour in the autumn, it is better not to ignore to explore lakeside cafes and enjoy the inexhaustible food culture of Hanoi people. Among the hustling industrial age, Hanoi still retains its own identity. I usually sit for hours at lakeside cafes contemplating daily rhythm of the life to explore a different life of the busting capital. Surely, you will not found this in anywhere else apart from Hanoi.
I really love flower stalls, hot rice baskets, homely stores with wooden furniture, Old Town with 36 Streets...Located in the city center, Hanoi Old Quarter is particularly enchanting in this time with one of the most fascinating festivals in Hanoi: Old Quarter Mid-Autumn. Taking the focus from Dong Xuan market main entrance to Hang Ma – Hang Luoc street, ancient house blocks turn into brilliant lantern streets selling lion's heads, star-lights, and masks made of cardboard, as well as iron ships, a dreaming “high technology” toys of several Hanoi children generations. In the afternoon, do not be so surprised to catch many male “Gods” stopping their foot in small roadside stores to quickly enjoy hot soup bowls or slowly sip a little white wine with hot lemon-snail plates nearby. The Hanoians actually much loves boiled-snails in the cold season. More particular, boiled snail with lemon leaf and ginger sauce in Hanoi is far different from in any places with its fragrance and tasty.
Hanoi also retains many tea shops. Spending your time to try a few types of tea from these tea shops, a Hanoi unique and characteristic feature, you will actually experience the quintessence of a thousand year capital.