Originally named Thang Long ('Ascending Dragon')
Renamed Ha Noi ('Between Rivers') in 1831
Capitol of French Indochina (1887-1954), North Vietnam (1954-76) and Vietnam (1976- )
Second-largest city in Vietnam
Population: 6.5 million (2009 estimate)
Why Hanoi, Vietnam might be annoying
It is humid and rainy during the summer.
Its traffic makes New York City look orderly, with many busy intersections having no traffic signals.
Its aging infrastructure has difficulty coping with its rapidly growing population.
It was the site of the infamous Hanoi Hilton where US POWs were tortured.
The museum now at the Hanoi Hilton insists that the POWs were treated well.
Why Hanoi, Vietnam might not be annoying
Its architecture is a mix of French and traditional Vietnamese.
American bombing raids during the Vietnam War concentrated on the city's bridges and railways, so most of its historic buildings came through intact.
It was named one of the top 10 cities for shopping in Asia by Smart Travel Asia.
It was named one of the top 10 cities for food in the world by Sherman Travel.
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 16 Votes: 56.25% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 11 Votes: 63.64% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 23 Votes: 65.22% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 63 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
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