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Romance Review of Hoan Kiem Lake

Away Travel Expert: David Swanson
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  • Take a break with a light meal at one of the dozens of small cafés lining Hang Khay Street. In summer, a stop at Fanny—a French-style ice creamery—is a must. Fanny's seasonal-fruit-, ginger-, and cinnamon-flavored ice creams are legendary.
  • Hoan Kiem is named after a magical sword that Emperor Ly Thai To used to repel the Chinese from Vietnam. While the emperor was boating on the lake later, a giant golden tortoise rose from the water and seized the sword, disappearing into the water. The sword was never seen again, but the legend is kept alive by Hanoians who glimpse the rare tortoises from time to time—a good luck omen.
The epicenter of Hanoi is a tranquil oval lake, embroidered by leafy trees and trimmed by a constant whir of traffic. Hoan Kiem's personality evolves through the day: At dawn, you'll find synchronized tai chi performed along its shores, then rousing

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At city center, bordered by Tran Nhat Duat and Phung Hung sts
Parking: Temples daily 8am-5pm
Price: Entrance fee 12,000 VND (80¢/£0.45)

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Price Information: Entrance fee 12,000 VND (80¢/£0.45)
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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