Hanoi launches electric bus tour of old quarter
A pilot project to operate 12 electrically powered buses around Hoan
Kiem Lake and in Hanoi's Old Quarter for tourists was launched on July
The service, run by the Dong Xuan Joint Stock
Co, will start from a station in Dinh Tien Hoang street to take tourists
around Hoan Kiem Lake, or the Lake of the Returned Sword, and to
guild streets, food courts and historical relics in the Old Quarter.
The operation hours during the day will be from
8.30 am - 4.30 pm and from 7 pm - 11 pm and a ride cost 15,000 VND (0.8
The Old Quarter, situated near the
equally historic Hoan Kiem Lake, was created in the 11th century, when
the 100-hectare area was home to 36 guilds, each of which gave its name
to a street. Thus, there is a Hang Bac Street which was once home to
silversmiths and a Hang Mam Street named for fish sauce.
There are 4,000 houses here, a fourth of which are more than
100 years old. The project is to promote beautiful images of
Hanoi, further develop the city's tourism industry and to celebrate the
upcoming 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi./.