Vinh

Vinh is located in the northern half of Vietnam, and is the capital of Nghe An Province. Vinh is an important transportation hub, having a key position on the route between the northern and southern parts of the country, and is also a notable port.

Sprawling Nghe An province juts westward into northeastern Laos and cups around the South China Sea to the east. To the north lies Thanh Hoa province and to the south you’ll find the equally uninteresting Ha Tinh province. Nghe An though is a little more interesting. Vinh is called the city of Nghe An.

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Uncle Ho’s house

For starters, as soon as you step into Nghe An you’re steping into Ho Chi Minh’s birthplace and as such, for cadres-cum-tourists Nghe An is where it’s at. Uncle Ho was born in the hamlet of Kim Lien some 15km north of the provincial capital and today it’s a pilgrimage spot (Vinh).

The provincial capital on the other hand, Vinh, is a large industrious town, home to a sizeable port — if that doesn’t sound too enticing then you’re right on the money (Vinh). US bombers absolutely flattened the city during the American War and while scarce evidence of the bombing remains, what does remain are loads of what-were-they-thinking communist-era buildings which were built with East German assistance once the war ran down.

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Vinh city overview

Vinh City was once the site of a number of significant historic sites, particularly an ancient citadel. Over the years, however, Vinh has been extensively damaged in a number of wars and little of the original city remains today. Historically, Vinh and its surrounding areas have often been important centres of rebellion and revolutionary activity (Vinh). In addition, a number of notable revolutionary figures were born in or near the city of Vinh; especially, Uncle Ho’s birthplace, some 14 kilometres to the west of Vinh, is a significant tourist attraction for many Vietnamese. Other notable tourist attractions are the Hong Son Temple and Quyet Mountain (Vinh). Hong Son Temple is one of the few large temples to escape the closures implemented by the Communist authorities after the war, and is the site of an important festival on the 20th day of the 8th lunar month. Quyet Mountain, on the edge of Vinh, is used as a peaceful retreat from the city, with visitors climbing four hundred steps to the summit (Vinh). From the summit, the whole of Vinh may be seen, along with the river and farmland surrounding it. The mountain is covered with pine trees, although the forest is still not completely recovered from its destruction by bombing during the war. Other places of interest include the Nghe Tinh Soviet Museum (commemorating the major Nghe Tinh uprising against the French in the 1930s) and the Cua Lo beach resort (a popular destination for citizens of Hanoi). Cua Lo is one of the largest stretches of beautiful white beach with very few foreign tourists and great seafood specialities.

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