The capital of Hanoi now has its own cycling movement, promoting better health and a slower pace of life. At 6.30am, Hanoi is still engulfed in fog – the influence of the monsoon after the Tet, lunar new year. Now and then, one can see a bicycle rider on the street, braving the cold winds. The tea shops, cafes, and bicycle repairers who are not afraid of the chill are also hard at work, and their venues will soon become a place to rest for those who enjoy this activity. Some of the riders, after ending a round, stop for a cup of tea and chat with their mates. Others painstakingly make three or four rounds before returning home. A group of people, old and young, stand by, waiting for others and preparing to take a trip to the Bat Trang pottery village on the outskirts of Gia Lam district or even to Ba Vi mountain. “I choose the bicycle because of its simplicity and slowness. The bicycle is never fussy. It requires no paperwork, rear-view mirrors or gasoline. We just need a little bit of health and some peace of mind, and then we can slowly get through the… Read full this story
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