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Situated on the banks of the
Thu Bon River
30km (19 miles) south of
, the little town of Hoi An (known to the Chinese as Faifo) feels caught in a time warp. Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century, and was declared a
World Cultural Heritage Site
by UNESCO in 1999.
Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiledroof houses and narrow streets. The houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters. Visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery of the romantic Thu Bon River , Cua Dai Beach, and Cham Islands .
Up to now, the ancient town of Hoi An intactly preserves its original architectures, including houses, temples, pogodas, streets, ports, civil buildings, religious structures and other non-religious worshipping structures. The every day lifestyle with deep-rooted customs and cultural activities is fascinating.
There are 1,360 relics and landscapes. These relics are divided into eleven kinds, including 1,068 ancient houses, 19 pagodas, 43 temples, 23 communal houses, 38 family temples, 5 assembly halls, 11 old wells, one bridge, 44 ancient tombs. In old quarter, there are more than 1000 relic sites.