This is a very cool video of Ha Noi in fast-speed by Pim Roes. I think it captures much of what Hanoi is about – vibrant, hectic, in motion. The one thing I think it doesn’t accurately represent are some of the more rundown areas, but that doesn’t really matter. It’s a good tribute.
Hanoi is – in a word – polluted. With hundreds of thousands of motorbikes and no real environmental vision from the government, it’s unavoidable. The most obvious culprits in Hanoi’s awful air pollution problem are the buses. The exhaust from the vast majority of the buses is severe. This not only dirties the air (particularly for the unfortunate who get stuck behind buses in traffic), but it also creates traffic hazards as motorbike drivers make extreme and risky maneuvers to avoid trailing the CO2 spewing buses.
And this isn’t even the worst that it gets…
Accompanied by Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee. The music seems to take the edge off a little.