The Hanoitimes - Hanoi People`s Committee opened the exhibition on cooperation between the capital and France’s Toulouse city in preserving and promoting values of the city`s Old Quarter over the past 20 years last weekend.
The exhibition highlights the cooperation between Hanoi and France’s Toulouse city in preserving and promoting values of the city’s Old Quarter in the past 20 years.
On display are photos and information about the collaboration, which is reflected through multiple joint projects.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee Duong Duc Tuan said the affiliation between Hanoi and Toulouse has significantly contributed to economic, cultural and social development of the capital city, especially the Hoan Kiem district.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Vice Mayor of Toulouse city Jean-Claude Dardelet appreciated contributions by Hanoi people to the collaboration and said that Vietnam’s image is always in the heart of French people.
At the opening ceremony.
The exhibition also provides information for local residents and visitors on the cooperation in the field of heritage preservation in the Old Quarter, contributing to promote the area's heritage value and lure more international visitors to Hanoi.
The exhibition run until September 20.
Hanoi has an Old Quarter of 36 streets, each being closely attached to a traditional trade that is clearly shown by its name, such as Hang Muoi (salt) Street selling salt, Hang Manh (curtain) Street selling bamboo curtains and Hang Bac (silver) Street selling silver jewellery.
Hanoi has been undergoing drastic changes daily and the Old quarter with “Hang” streets are also affected by the process of development. At present, only a few streets with the traditional trades remain, such as Hang Bac, Hang Ma, Hang Manh, Hang Chieu, Hang Dong.
The others have engaged in other trades, for example, Hang Than Street now sells Banh com (green rice flake cakes), teas and cigarettes in service of wedding ceremonies.
Besides, many new streets with new trades have been set up in Hanoi, such as Hai Ba Trung Street selling electronic products, Ly Nam De Street selling computers, Luong Van Can Street selling children toys, Hoang Hoa Tham Street selling ornamental trees and Dang Dung Street selling second-hand mobile telephones.