Uncle Ho’s House

It must be a communist thing. We walked over to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum the other day to hopefully get a glimpse of the great man himself but unfortunately his body is being re-embalmed in Russia. The grounds surrounding the mausoleum feels very much like Tienanmen Square in Beijing but smaller and greener. And unsurprisingly, there were loads of Chinese tourists being herded like sheep around the complex. In addition to the mausoleum, there are the manicured grounds and traditional stilt house where Uncle Ho worked and lived. We toured the area for a couple of hours while weaving through the throngs of Chinese tourists before heading over to Lenin Park, which features a huge statue of Lenin and some well-maintained gardens. It’s also a very popular place for the local kids to play football.

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