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In Hanoi many people choose to go for a peaceful walk around Ho Guom, also known as Sword Lake, on January 1.

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24-year-old Huyen Tran comes with her partner to take wedding photographs on the first day of the year as they believe the images will capture a memorable moment in their lives.

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Foreign tourists are in high spirits as they soak up the festive atmosphere in the centre of Hanoi.

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Children dress up smartly as they head out to celebrate the start of 2020.

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Business as usual in many bustling markets located in the small alleys throughout Hanoi.

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Parents enjoy some time outdoors with their children at Thong Nhat Park, also known as Reunification Park, in Hanoi.

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Located in Cau Giay district, Nghia Do Park is an ideal place for children to play games.

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Many shopping centres are increasingly busy as visitors come to take advantage of sales.

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The added volume of shoppers leaves food areas crowded.

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Entertainment areas are packed with playing children.

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In contrast to the busy shopping malls, the streets of Hanoi streets seem eerily quiet between 7am and 8am on January 1.

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Normally busy stretches of road such as the Xa Dan-Pham Ngoc Thach crossroads only have a few commuters.

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There are similarly quite scenes in Ho Chi Minh City.

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The centre of Ho Chi Minh City at 7:45am on January 1 is not its usual bustling self.

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National flags can be seen on display in front of every house to mark the New Year.

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The first day of 2020 sees Ben Thanh market fairly quiet.

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Many people could still be spotted out doing their morning exercises.

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