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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
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.
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