Rising from a Hanoi isle, a city within a city

By Nhat Quang - Ba Do   May 13, 2017 | 02:42 pm GMT+7

Linh Dam Peninsula is a world unto itself and an oft-cited example of Vietnam's remarkably fast urbanization.

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Linh Dam Peninsula in Hoang Mai District to the city’s south spans over 200 hectares (nearly 500 acres), taking over a third of the namesake lake. Construction started in the 1990s, and houses and apartments here are still considered the models of urban development.

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The suburb has around 10 apartment buildings, and many lakeview apartments. It has become more crowded in recent years with new buildings of 40 stories or higher.

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Years ago, this green islet was home of many storks. The green trees stay, but the birds have disappeared. 

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The northern part of the peninsula and its villas.

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Most roads here are flanked by green foliage.

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With three parks of its own, the peninsula has 13 square meters of green space a person, well above the national standard of up to nine square meters for urban communities.