Vietnam was ruled by dynasties for much of its history, sometimes having tributary relations with China and sometimes being independent. In the middle to late 19th century, France colonized Vietnam. During World War II, Vietnam was occupied by Imperial Japan and ruled by both Japan and France. After World War II, France attempted to re-colonize Vietnam, which led to the First Indochina War, but failed. The Geneva Accords was ratified and Vietnam was partitioned into two in an attempt to practice democratic election for reunion of the country, which eventually led to the Vietnam War fought between the North supported by China and the Soviet Union, and the South supported by the United States. After the tremendous sacrifice of life, the war ended with the defeat of the South to the North in 1975. In 1976, Vietnam was reunified and Socialist Republic of Vietnam was established. In 1986, the Communist Party of Vietnam started an economic reform program, “Doi Moi”. Since then, Vietnam has enjoyed high economic growth.
A big event was scheduled in Da-nang; an exchange with young local people of Da-nang. When we arrived at the port, about 150 people in same blue shirt already gathered. We were grouped into pairs with them and given a Vietnamese-style conical hat called Non as a gift together with a placard.
We went to the exchange site by bus to start a group tour. There were two courses to choose, a mountain course, and a shopping course. I wanted to go shopping, but was persuaded to go to the mountain by the partner saying other members of the group wanted a mountain course. We rode double on a motorcycle. In Vietnam, there are not traffic lights even at major intersections. When you want to turn left, you have to weave your way through cars and motorcycles at the opposite lane to turn. I felt it dangerous and was so worried, but in 5 minutes or so, the traffic got less and I got used to the riding enough to take pictures on the bike.
At the top of the mountain, there was a temple with a big statue of Goddess of Kannon. The scenery from the top of the mountain was wonderful. I thought it might be a nice spot for a date in Da-nang.
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Then, my partner took me to a big market. On the first floor, household goods and dried fruits were sold and a small snack stand was open. On the second floor, there were shops with a pile of shoes and clothes. It might be the biggest market in Da-nang.
After lunch, the exchange event started. Young men and women of Da-nang pumped up the event with popular pops and I enjoyed a lot with dances and songs performed by the participants.