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Splendid Facts About Vietnam
Here are the most Splendid Facts About Vietnam
- Motorbike is the main way of transportation.
- Ho Chi Minh was and still is a national hero.
- Pho is the national dish.
- More than 3 million people died during the Vietnam war.
- Full name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
- Common name: Vietnam
- Main cities: Hanoi (capital); Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon, largest city and the national economic hub); Haipong (major port in northern Vietnam, the third largest city)
- National day: September 2nd
- National flag: The flag of Vietnam is a red flag with a gold star. Red symbolizes the sacrifice made for independence. The star represents unity, with its five points representing workers, peasants, soldiers, intellectuals and young people, all uniting to build socialism.
- The official name of Vietnam is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
- Two rivers in Vietnam, the Mekong in the south and the Red river in the north of the country reach the sea spread over huge swampy delta plains. The lands in these areas are very fertile, ideal for growing rice and other crops and home to the majority of the country’s population.
- Vietnam shares a land border with China to the north, Cambodia and Laos to the west.
- There are over 92 million people living in Vietnam (92,477,857) as of July 2013.
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- The capital city of Vietnam is Hanoi, with an estimated population of just under 6.5 million it is the second largest city in Vietnam. The largest city is Ho Chi Minh City which had a population of just under 7.5 million in 2010.
- Legend has it that the peoples of this land originated from a union between an immortal Chinese princess and “The Dragon Lord of the Seas.”
- The country’s name was originally spelled as two words, Viet Nam.
- Their culture is a complex adaptation of Chinese, Japanese, French and American colonial influences.
- In 938 AD, the Vietnamese developed a trade system to exchange animal skins, ivory and tropical goods for Chinese scrolls on administration, philosophy and literature.
- The body of their first president Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho) was embalmed, and is on display in a mausoleum.
- Their flag consists of a golden star with five points to represent farmers, workers, intellectuals, youth, and soldiers. The red background pays tribute to the bloodshed during the wars.