This has been a trading place for centuries. It is the center of trade between Vietnam, China and Japan. The 400 year Old Town is exceedingly pleasant and especially during the hours when motor scooters are not allowed.
This city is know as the place to shop for silk and for tailored clothing. Recently a shop specializing in bamboo clothing opened.
Some of our group are having glasses made made with their prescription.
We were able to visit an historic house which was 20 feet wide on the street and went back 100 feet. It was a pharmacy in the front then the family altar and then the living quarters. Between the business and private space was an open courtyard.
One of the temples we saw was dedicated to water dragons. Water was key to the important trade. And the powerful dragon could be wild and unpredictable so needed to have lot of attention.