A stroll on the shady banks of the Lake of the Restored Sword, also called Green Lake, is an unparalleled way to experience the charms of the city. Everyday life begins with early morning tai chi sessions and badminton games, and is animated by loud music and balloon-sellers in the evening.
Sit on the terrace of a café nearby to enjoy the spectacle of the lake, the scene of the incredible legend. Here, King Le Thai To, founder of the 15th-century dynasty, received a magical sword from a turtle that helped him free his country after ten years of Chinese rule. At the northern tip of the lake, the lacquered red Bridge of the Rising Sun is striking. Cross over it to visit the Temple of Jade Mountain on the island.