To make sense of Hanoi, go to its parks

By Xavier Bourgois   May 19, 2016 | 11:50 pm GMT+7

As cities expand, social bonds weaken. However in Hanoi, parks and lakes have somehow become precious gathering points that keep the city from drifting apart. Simply put, they are part of what makes Hanoi so... Hanoian.

Photojournalist Xavier Bourgois has picked up his camera to capture Hanoians in their favorite past times in parks and by the lakes. In his eyes, these public spaces represent a generation crossroads. 

Young men playing shuttlecock kicking by Ho Thien Quang Lake.

Young men play shuttlecock by Thien Quang Lake.

Vietnamese police officer doing martial art workout in Lenine's square.

Vietnamese police officers doing martial arts in Lenin Garden.

A young boy performing BMX under a statue of Lenine in Lenine's square.

A young boy performing a BMX trick under a statue of Lenin in Lenin Garden.

A young men doing some workout in front of the lake of Lenin's Park.

A young man works out in front of the lake in Lenin Park.

Retired men playing Chinese chess in Lenin's park.

Retired men play Chinese chess in Lenin Park.

young woman is letting go ballons in the air in Lenin's Parc.

A young woman releases balloons into the air in Lenin Park.

A couple of fiance pose for a photographer in a parc of Tai Ho district.

A couple poses for a photographer in a park in Tay Ho District.

A young boy performing skateboard in Lenine's par

A young boy performs a skateboarding stunt in Lenin Park.

A young boy performing skateboard in Lenine's park.

A young boy on his skateboard in Lenin Park.

Hip-Hop dancers performing at the Ha Noi Creative City

Hip-Hop dancers perform at Ha Noi Creative City.

Hip-Hop dancers performing at the Ha Noi Creative City

Hip-Hop dancers perform at Ha Noi Creative City.

An old men sitting near Ho Thien Quang Lake.

An old man sits by Thien Quang Lake.

Photo by VnExpress/Xavier Bourgois

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