Moped powers the economy Hanoi: Power oF dreams

Hanoi is an ancient city set abuzz by nervous energy of zipping mopeds, its march towards economic modernisation relentless.

We were surrounded by swarms of mopeds buzzing about us in Hanoi, tutting their horns, hooting their way hurriedly and anxiously to their next destination. Google says that the humble 'Moped is a light motor cycle, especially one with an engine capacity of not more than 50cc', but it is more than that in Hanoi, it can be an MPV to carry family members, a pickup truck to ferry goods and a Uber for all types of courier services. I became fascinated by them, how they seem to carry the hopes and dreams of a modernising economy on their two stroke engines and I was blessed with the opportunity to come up really close to them. We hired a minibus to tour the country and from my window seat, I was able to shoot these mopeds zipping past us because on the congested motorways, the minibus would travel at almost the same speed as these mopeds. It's fascinating to have the opportunity to juxtapose these minor modern economic miracles against the 6.5km Hanoi Ceramic Road on the ancient dyke wall build to commemorate the millennial anniversary of Hanoi.

Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural (Hanoi Ceramic Road) (Vietnamese: Con đường Gốm sứ) is a ceramic mosaic mural on the wall of the dyke system of Hanoi, Vietnam. With a length of about 6.5 km, the Ceramic Road is one of the major projects that were developed on the occasion of the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi. - Wikipedia

These series of photos were shot out of the window of the mini bus along the ceramic road. Due to the relative slow speed on the ring road, the speed of the bus synchronised well with the mopeds zipping around us. I was able to capture shots that would otherwise be difficult to capture.

The Hanoi Ceramic Road originated with the journalist Nguyễn Thu Thủy, who won a prize in the Hanoi architecture contest for her idea of transforming the dyke system around Hanoi into a ceramic mosaic. The work of decoration began in 2007 for the dyke wall of about 6.000m in length and 0.95m in height which runs along the road of Âu Cơ, Nghi Tàm, Yên Phụ, Trần Nhật Duật, Trần Quang Khải, Trần Khánh Dư and terminates at the pier of the Long Biên Bridge. She was supported by the Ford Foundation which funded the first 450 meters of the wall, and the planning, training, and infrastructure needed to complete the project. The Ceramic Road was planned to be finished in 2010 to commemorate the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi in October 2010. - Wikipedia

Participating in the work of decoration are not only Vietnamese artists but also foreign embassies and culture centres in Hanoi such as the Goethe-Institut, L'espace, British Council, Dalte Centre and other culture centres from Russia and South Korea. - Wikipedia

The mosaic wall is made from ceramic tesserae which are product of Bát Tràng, a village famous for its Bát Tràng porcelain. - Wikipedia

The content of the mosaic represents the decorative pattern from different periods in the history of Vietnam: Phùng Nguyên culture; Đông Sơn culture; Lý Dynasty; Trần Dynasty; Lê Dynasty and Nguyễn Dynasty. Also incorporated on the wall are modern art works, paintings of Hanoi and children's drawings. - Wikipedia

On 5 October 2010, Guinness World Records adjudicator, Beatriz Fernandez, undertook an official review of the Hanoi ceramic mosaic to confirm its dimensions and ensure the strict guidelines relating to the record had been followed. Ms Fernandez confirmed that at 3,850 linear meters (6,950m²) of the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural was the world’s largest ceramic mosaic and awarded a Guinness World Records certificate - Wikipedia

Flower powers the economy too!

The humble but mighty moped in action everywhere!

Pick up truck
Power ranger bike
Art delivery
Fruit stall
Phone booth
They are found between I beams
And A frames
On bridges
On highways
On the way to school
And after school...
In between traffic
Freed from traffic... .
They are everywhere
And they are poised for the green light of economic freedom
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