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Ho Chi Min City:

Ho Chi Min City Sights and attractions

Sherwood Residence Hotel  127 Pasteur Street, Dist. 3, Quan 3, Ho Chi Minh City :

Sherwood Residence is Saigon’s most luxurious serviced apartment property and the first serviced apartments in Vietnam to be certified by the Vietnamese National Administration of Tourism Board. At Sherwood Residence, you will encounter modern living spaces, comfort and class, all with 5-star facilities and service in a prime location. Sherwood Residence Hotel 127 Pasteur Street, Dist. 3, Quan 3, Ho Chi Minh City 5 STAR HOTEL Rates Start from USD 120 a night. Very good rating

Amenities::

Amenities: Sherwood Residence Hotel is located in Ho Chi Minh City near the War Remnants Museum and Le Van Tam Park. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and free internet access . Facilities at Sherwood Residence include a clubhouse with billiards and video games. Guests can exercise at the fitness centre or relax at the sauna .

Rates Start from USD 120:

Rates Start from USD 120 Room Type : 2 Bedroom Suite all rooms feature: non smoking rooms, a ir conditioning, bathrobes , desk , hair dryer , internet access, in room safe. Rooms open to balconies. Televisions are equipped with premium satellite channels and DVD players Guestrooms provide wireless Internet access (surcharge), direct-dial phones, CD players, and free local calls. Beds have premium bedding. Each guestroom has unique furnishings. All guestrooms provide sofa beds and desks. Accommodations at the 4.0-star property feature kitchens with microwaves, refrigerators , and cookware/dishes/utensils.

More Photos – Living room, bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen area:

More Photos – Living room, bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen area

Religious Site :

Religious Site Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cao Dai Temple .:

Cao Dai Temple . This colourful temple is located in Tay Ninh and it hosts a religion founded in 1920s by Ngo Minh Chieu. This unique religion combines religions from east and west. The temple attracts many tourists during noontime prayer and ceremony. The colourfully attired followers in red, blue, yellow and white chant religious hymns while tourists take pictures of the ceremony from the second level of the temple. It is worth visiting this colourful temple

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Constructed between 1933 and 1955, the Great Temple of Cao Dai closely resembles a Christian cathedral in its architecture - two square towers, a long central nave with upper gallery, and side aisles. The altar, an apse and ambulatory are at the opposite end from the entrance, just as in a typical church.

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The exterior and interior of the Cao Dai Temple are both extravagantly decorated , incorporating symbols, abstract designs and images of saints

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Names: Great Temple; Holy See; Cao Dai Temple Type of site: Temple Faith: Cao Dai Status: Active Dates: Built 1933-55 Architecture: Neo-Gothic style architecture mixed with Baroque/Oriental decor Location: Near the Cambodian border 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, near the market village of Long Than, 5 km from Tay Nihn . Hours: Daily dawn to dusk Quick Facts:

Chua Quan Am Temple:

Chua Quan Am Temple Chua Quan Am Temple (12 Laoth St.) is a classic Chinese Temple wafting with incense, blaring with music meant to sooth and speak of mountains -- but crackling speakers at high decibels mean different things to different people. Nearly twenty resident monks and a cherubic abbot are on hand and welcome foreign visitors. In fact, they'll even take the time to show you around and allow you to take photos, but the expectation is a small donation in the alms box at the altar.

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A dragon coils down a pillar in front of the altar dedicated to Thien Hau . Quan Am Pagoda: Altar of Thien Hau and Dragon

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The Lady Temple was originally built by a Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. The temple pays homage to a special psychic lady, Thien Hau born A.D. 940, who was said to be able to predict the weather and protect sailors.. The huge coils of incense hanging over the central courtyard space make for great photos. Thien Hau Temple

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Smoking conical incense coils and urns at Chua Thien Hau Temple

Giac Lam Pagoda:

Giac Lam Pagoda is widely recognized as an important and historic pagoda. Built in 1744, it is the oldest temple in the city. Open daily at sunrise - about 9pm. Closed each lunchtime for midday prayers & chores. Free Admission. Giac Lam Pagoda

In the grounds also stands a 32 meter (100 foot) high seven story hexagonal stupa; in total there are over 100 statues to admire.:

In the grounds also stands a 32 meter (100 foot) high seven story hexagonal stupa; in total there are over 100 statues to admire.

Phung Son Pagoda:

This is a small temple built just after the Second World War by Fukien Chinese; its most notable features are the wonderful painted entrance doors with their fearsome armed warriors. Incense spirals hang in the open well of the pagoda, which is dedicated to Ong Bon, the Guardian of Happiness and Virtue. Phung Son Pagoda

In the Phung Son pagoda, A number of valuable statues, such as Di Da Tam Ton, Ngu Hien Thuong Ky Thu, a stone statue of Buddha covered with gold leaves, and a ceramic statue of Tieu Dien are also found:

In the Phung Son pagoda, A number of valuable statues, such as Di Da Tam Ton, Ngu Hien Thuong Ky Thu, a stone statue of Buddha covered with gold leaves, and a ceramic statue of Tieu Dien are also found

Ong Bon Pagoda:

This small temple was built just after World War II by the Fukien Chinese. Another magnificent pagoda, this particular temple is dedicated to Ong Bon, the guardian of wealth and happiness. Many people come here to burn fake money in a furnace, which is believed to bring good luck and fortune. Ong Bon Pagoda

Chua Ngoc Hoang Pagoda:

Built in the early 1900s. Certainly one of the most exotic and atmospheric pagodas in Vietnam, if you only visit one temple during your time in the city, make this the one. Check out the dominating figure of the Jade Emperor in the main hall. Chua Ngoc Hoang Pagoda

Central Mosque:

Built by South Indian Muslims in 1935 on the site of an earlier mosque, the Saigon Central Mosque is an immaculately clean and well-kept island of calm in the middle of the bustling Dong Khoi area. Central Mosque

This mosque is more than 40 years old. The Central Mosque was built in 1935. It was originally constructed for worshipers from southern India then resident in Saigon, but now Muslims from as far as Pakistan and Indonesia come to pray. Friday draws the biggest crowds:

This mosque is more than 40 years old. The Central Mosque was built in 1935. It was originally constructed for worshipers from southern India then resident in Saigon, but now Muslims from as far as Pakistan and Indonesia come to pray. Friday draws the biggest crowds

NOTRE DAME BASILICA:

Situated right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the most famous landmark. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of over 58 meters (190 feet). NOTRE DAME BASILICA

The Notre Dame Cathedral was thrown into the spotlight when in October 2005 a statue of the Virgin Mary situated in front of the church reputedly shed tears. The phenomenon attracted thousands of people and stopped city traffic. :

The Notre Dame Cathedral was thrown into the spotlight when in October 2005 a statue of the Virgin Mary situated in front of the church reputedly shed tears . The phenomenon attracted thousands of people and stopped city traffic.

All the original building materials were imported from France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France:

All the original building materials were imported from France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France

Market:

Market Ho Chi Minh City

CHOLON Chinatown:

Cholon is a Chinese-influenced section of Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon). It is the largest Chinatown in Vietnam. It lies on the west bank of the Saigon River, having Binh Tay Market as its central market. CHOLON Chinatown

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is the market within the Cholon district of Ho Chi Minh City. The name "cho lon" itself means "big market", and that description refers to Binh Tay Market, a huge, sprawling market in the city. Binh Tay Market

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Binh Tay Market is housed in a big structure dating from 1826. It has four wings that are joined as a square, in the middle of which is a courtyard with fountain. There is a clock tower rising up at the center. The roof of the market is stacked like the pagoda.

Ben Thanh Market:

Ben Thanh Market Ben Thanh market has long been one of Saigon's most famous landmark. The market has been in existence since the French occupation. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

It's a great place to stock up on souvenirs, T shirts, bags, coffee and many other local products that sell at a much higher price in the city's more upmarket shops. But even if you're not on a shopping mission, Ben Thanh Market is a must see. :

It's a great place to stock up on souvenirs, T shirts, bags, coffee and many other local products that sell at a much higher price in the city's more upmarket shops. But even if you're not on a shopping mission, Ben Thanh Market is a must see. Opens every from 8 am to 17.00 pm

History and Museums:

History and Museums Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Reunification Palace:

The Reunification Palace was the site of a dramatic finish to the Vietnam War as tanks crashed through the main gate on the morning of April 30, 1975. Today, the Reunification Palace is a time capsule unchanged since the 1970s - a must-see in Ho Chi Minh City. The Reunification Palace

This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966. The striking modern architecture and the slightly eerie feeling you get as you walk through its deserted halls make Reunification Palace one of the most fascinating sights in HCMC.:

This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966. The striking modern architecture and the slightly eerie feeling you get as you walk through its deserted halls make Reunification Palace one of the most fascinating sights in HCMC. The museum contains the very tank that broke through the gates signalling the victory of the communist north. The museum has been kept largely as it was, lending this monument a kitsch, eerie feel.

National Museum of Vietnamese History:

The Vietnamese History Museum is housed in a building sited in the large park and zoo located at the end of Le Duan Street. It it is a museum showcasing Vietnam's history with very large displays covering every period National Museum of Vietnamese History

There's a vast collection of ancient jewelry and garments as well as relics from the various civilizations that have appeared in Vietnam. They include items from the Nguyen Dynasty, along with those from the Cham and Khmer civilizations. There is even a mummy from 1869.:

There's a vast collection of ancient jewelry and garments as well as relics from the various civilizations that have appeared in Vietnam. They include items from the Nguyen Dynasty, along with those from the Cham and Khmer civilizations. There is even a mummy from 1869.

FITO Museum:

FITO Museum The first Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FITO):Nearly 3,000 items relevant to traditional Vietnamese medicine dating back to the Stone Age. Implements used to prepare traditional medicine: knives, grinders, mortars and pestles, pots and jars.

Fito Museum displays more than 3,000 objects, which are arranged in different topics. The collection of knives and boats to chop and grind medicines is the most special. This collection gathers very old items. :

Fito Museum displays more than 3,000 objects, which are arranged in different topics. The collection of knives and boats to chop and grind medicines is the most special. This collection gathers very old items.

Fine Arts Museum of Vietnam:

The Fine Arts Museum houses some of the best Vietnamese art. This includes oil paintings and sculptures along with Vietnamese ceramics and lacquerware. Work by both Vietnamese as well as foreign artists are on display here, spread over three levels. Fine Arts Museum of Vietnam

Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is housed in a French colonial-style building painted in the distinct yellow with white trimmings. This massive building has elegant columns and wrought-iron work on its windows and balconies. Chinese style roof tiles are used on the roof.:

Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is housed in a French colonial-style building painted in the distinct yellow with white trimmings. This massive building has elegant columns and wrought-iron work on its windows and balconies. Chinese style roof tiles are used on the roof. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Duc Minh Private Museum of Saigon:

Duc Minh Private Museum of Saigon Ho Chi Minh City goes by various names- The Pearl of the Orient, The Pearl of the Far East, Saigon, The Paris of the East etc. But this 300 year old city has more to offer than its mouthful of names. From ancient pagodas to imposing colonial architecture to war and history museums and designer boutiques, this city has something for everyone. The city's many museums are proof of the love for art and culture that is common to the people of Ho Chi Minh City. Among its numerous museums and art galleries is the Duc Minh Private Museum Saigon. This gallery-cum-museum exhibits mainly artistic works of local artists or Vietnamese people.

Women's Museum of Southern Vietnam:

It was established to recognise the cultural and military contributions of the women of South Vietnam over the ages. Also called Bao Tang Phu Nu Nam Bo, it was founded in 1985 and occupies ten rooms in three storeys. Within the museum are displays ranging from medals to ethnic clothings. Women's Museum of Southern Vietnam

War Remnants Museum :

Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently the most popular museum in HCMC with Western tourists. Many of the atrocities documented here were well publicised in the West, but rarely do Westerners have the opportunity to hear the victims of US military action tell their own stories. The museum is open from 08.00 a.m to 11.30 a.m and 02.00 p.m to 04.30 p.m from Tuesday to Sunday, and admission fee is only around 10,000 VND. War Remnants Museum

Vietnam War Remnants Museum or The human rights violations and war crimes atrocities American and French forces committed in Vietnam :

Note: Next photos are not for the weak heart The museum contains numerous artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting American war crimes. It comprises a series of eight themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment located within a walled yard. For the past 20 years, more than 6 million visitors have visited the museum. Among those, nearly 1 million were foreign visitors, including American tourists. Vietnam War Remnants Museum or The human rights violations and war crimes atrocities American and French forces committed in Vietnam

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Picture of American soldier laughing historically at the charred remains of a VC soldier who was burned to death by a Napalm Bomb. Picture of American armored fighting vehicle dragging men to their death Photos displayed in the Museum

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Picture of crippled and deformed victim of Agent Orange defoliant chemical attacks of US WMD's.

Parks and amusement:

Parks and amusement Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cong Vien Van Hoa Park :

This park is a great place to escape from Saigon's traffic. Set in the middle of the city, it is a bicycle-free zone with neatly landscaped lawns and benches to enjoy life as it goes by. Go early morning to see the park full of tai chi practitioners and badminton enthusiasts, or early evening for the biggest open-air no-fee aerobics class you'll ever witness. Cong Vien Van Hoa Park

 Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone :

It contains most beautiful forests of Can Gio which is one of the world's Salt-Marsh biosphere preserve, sited in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City. Historically, this land had been damaged by toxic chemicals that turned the zone into an uninhabited land. Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone Traveling to Vam Sat Eco-Tourist Area by sailing is the attracting and interesting new form to the tourists. The journey starts from Bach Dang Wharf in the early morning when Saigon is not yet awake.Tourists could breath in the fresh air and feel satisfied with the sightseeing along the edge of Saigon River. You will be serve food and enjoy the feeling of relaxing.

Cu Chi Tunnel:

Cu Chi Tunnel Located at the threshold of Saigon and adjacent to the revolutionary base, Cu Chi played an important role in the two wars of resistance against the old and new colonial powers. Cu Chi was an "underground village" with its abyss of interlaced tunnels having a combined length of more than 200 km. NOTE: Expect to pay around US$5 for a half day guided trip (not including admission to the tunnels), with 90 minutes travel and about an hour and a half touring the area. If you're making the trip independently, admission is 65,000 dong, but you may be required to wait (and possibly pay extra) for a tour, as visitors are not allowed to roam the site by themselves.

The main tunnel is 60 - 70 cm wide and 80 - 90 cm high. Above the tunnel is a layer of earth about 3 m- 4 m thick, enough to sustain the weight of 50 -ton tanks or heavy artillery as well as the destruction of bombs up to 100 kg :

The main tunnel is 60 - 70 cm wide and 80 - 90 cm high. Above the tunnel is a layer of earth about 3 m- 4 m thick, enough to sustain the weight of 50 -ton tanks or heavy artillery as well as the destruction of bombs up to 100 kg Today the tunnels are a popular tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City.  Over 1,000 people line up to experience what life was like under ground for soldiers decades ago.

Zoo & Botanical Garden:

As one of the oldest zoos in the world, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is famous not only with Vietnamese but also with foreign visitors. It is the home for many rare orchids, ornamental plants, and over a hundred species of mammals, reptiles and birds. It was ranked eighth among the oldest zoos in the world. Up to now, it is 133 years old Zoo & Botanical Garden Admission fee 12,000VND

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden has a diversity of fauna and flora. There are 590 animals of 125 species, 1830 trees and plants of 260 valuable species, some of which are over 100 years old. In the botanical garden, rare and valuable plants of many species are grown. Some of them cannot be found in Vietnam. Some species of cactus, fern and plants are imported from Africa and America.:

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden has a diversity of fauna and flora. There are 590 animals of 125 species, 1830 trees and plants of 260 valuable species, some of which are over 100 years old. In the botanical garden, rare and valuable plants of many species are grown. Some of them cannot be found in Vietnam. Some species of cactus, fern and plants are imported from Africa and America.

Lake in the Zoo - In Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden has lakes with lotus and many kinds of fish, in the middle of lake is a small island of monkeys and apes. :

Lake in the Zoo - In Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden has lakes with lotus and many kinds of fish, in the middle of lake is a small island of monkeys and apes.

Lac Canh Dai Nam Van Hie Amusement Park:

Dai Nam Van Hien , a huge tourism complex in the southern Vietnam. The construction of the largest tourism site started nearly ten years ago, on a 450 hectare plot of land, some 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City Lac Canh Dai Nam Van Hie Amusement Park

The Paradise now includes the Dai Nam Van Hien Temple, an entertainment site, zoo, shopping area, hotels, and cuisine sites. Also an open zoo which is home to rhinos, white lions, tigers, elephants, bears, ostriches, chamois, zebras, gnus, squirrel-monkeys, and foxes, many of which are not typically found in Viet Nam.:

The Paradise now includes the Dai Nam Van Hien Temple, an entertainment site, zoo, shopping area, hotels, and cuisine sites. Also an open zoo which is home to rhinos, white lions, tigers, elephants, bears, ostriches, chamois, zebras, gnus, squirrel-monkeys, and foxes, many of which are not typically found in Viet Nam.

Dam Sen Water Park:

Dam Sen Park in Saigon offers a wide range of exciting activities to choose from. The interesting features of the park include a bird garden, a water park and a sports center. You can also opt for fishing in a particular lake within the park, which resembles the West Lake in Hanoi. The puppet show is very popular among tourists visiting the park. Dam Sen Water Park

The infrastructure of Saigon’s Dam Sen Park is divided into 30 segments. The landscape gardens of this park are adorned with pagodas, lakes, an ice-block wonderland and a roller coaster. Among the several gardens of the park, the Nam Tu Royal Garden is worth mentioning.:

The infrastructure of Saigon’s Dam Sen Park is divided into 30 segments. The landscape gardens of this park are adorned with pagodas, lakes, an ice-block wonderland and a roller coaster. Among the several gardens of the park, the Nam Tu Royal Garden is worth mentioning. Admission is height (and nationality) based Around 35-70,000 dong.

Notable Architecture:

Notable Architecture Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Former US Embassy:

This historic building witnessed some of the crucial events occurred during the Vietnam War. The roof of this building used to serve as the helipad for U.S. helicopters, which were employed in transporting people from the rooftop out to the ships offshore during those days of Vietnam War. Former US Embassy

The former U.S. Embassy, which now stands, as a scar in the heart of the city, with some marks of hooliganism, was empty till 1999 when the U.S. consulate was formed and became operational.:

The former U.S. Embassy, which now stands, as a scar in the heart of the city, with some marks of hooliganism, was empty till 1999 when the U.S. consulate was formed and became operational.

Saigon Opera House:

This restored three-story theater has an auditorium with 1800 seats and with modern light and sound equipment. originally, it was built by the French and intended as an opera house. In 1955 it became South Vietnam's National Assembly building. Saigon Opera House

Its architectural style is influenced by the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic with the façade shaped like the Petit Palais which was built in the same year in France.:

Its architectural style is influenced by the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic with the façade shaped like the Petit Palais which was built in the same year in France.

Central Post Office:

The Central Post Office is another magnificent leftover from the French occupation - a French Colonial-style building designed in part by the famous Gustave Eiffel. Central Post Office

The elegant interior is considered to be the most interesting feature of the Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City. The vaulted and shining interior with its glass canopy, huge ceilings and a giant portrait of  Ho Chi Minh, has enough to charm you.:

The elegant interior is considered to be the most interesting feature of the Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City. The vaulted and shining interior with its glass canopy, huge ceilings and a giant portrait of Ho Chi Minh, has enough to charm you.

City Hall:

The French colonial-inspired building, based on the Hotel de Ville in Paris, is equally striking during the day or night (when it's illuminated). There's a nice park area at the front of the building where you'll find some seats and a statue of Ho Chi Minh. City Hall

Although city hall is not open to the public, it still is worth hunting it down to have a look at the beautiful architecture.  The statue outside of Ho chi Minh reading a book to a child is very popular with tourists. And yes, it does make for a great picture! :

Although city hall is not open to the public, it still is worth hunting it down to have a look at the beautiful architecture.  The statue outside of Ho chi Minh reading a book to a child is very popular with tourists. And yes, it does make for a great picture!

Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck:

Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest building, the 68-story Bitexco Financial Tower, has opened its Saigon Skydeck to offer visitors a panoramic view of the city. Eight telescopes have been installed on the 49th floor Tickets cost VND200,000 for adults and VND130,000 for children. The 262-meter building is on Ngo Duc Ke, District 1.

Other attractions :

Other attractions Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Xin Chao Circus and Art Performance:

a new evening show in Ho Chi Minh City which has already boosted over 1,500 guests, including students, local Vietnamese and tourists from around the world. The theme is centred around Vietnam's culture and mythology. Xin Chao Circus and Art Performance

“Xin Chao” is the same genre as Cirque du Soleil, a dramatic mix of circus arts and performances originated from Canada that has been widely spread to Japan and Macau.:

“Xin Chao” is the same genre as Cirque du Soleil, a dramatic mix of circus arts and performances originated from Canada that has been widely spread to Japan and Macau. With a cast of over 50 Vietnamese performers, Xin Chao! retells the creation myth of Vietnam and celebrates the Trung Sister’s battle for freedom. Experience dragon dances, martial art battles, circus arts, traditional dances, romance and tragedy.

Bonsai Dinner Cruise in Saigon River:

This Ho Chi Minh dinner cruise is a Vietnamese dining experience with a difference and the perfect way to soak up the activity along the river. You will cruise 2-hours on a traditional Junk and enjoy sensational gastronomic moments on one of the most authentic vessels on the Saigon river. Bonsai Dinner Cruise in Saigon River From USD$43.75

Visitors will experience a delicious European and Asian cuisine to fill your hungry stomach. Tourist and visitors will only have to sit back and relax and see the panoramic view of the city lights while on board the traditional junk boat cruising along the River.:

Visitors will experience a delicious European and Asian cuisine to fill your hungry stomach. Tourist and visitors will only have to sit back and relax and see the panoramic view of the city lights while on board the traditional junk boat cruising along the River.

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