Old and New

The very name of the town tells you that Binh Duong New City is a rather forward-looking place.  The roads are North Korean style boulevards which may still be fun to cycle along for several months:

And the lake beside our apartment building is where all the cool couples come to take their wedding photos:

The ideological agenda behind it all is quite clear:

But Vietnam isn’t quite ready to let go of the past yet.  There are old-school schools —

— and propaganda posters:

In the university itself, the immaculate lawns amid the shiny glass buildings are weeded by hand, by teams of women in conical hats:

And there’s still plenty of wildlife amid the piles of bricks:

(I thought of calling that last picture a butterfleye, but that would have been shameless.)

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