As Hanoi develops, the kind of low-rise jumble of houses seen above will be destroyed to make way for bigger, taller, shinier buildings such as those below. At least, that's what I was told while stood on the 46th floor of a high-rise in the suburbs, looking down on the city at a height from which I've previously only seen it from an aeroplane. Urban areas like this, threaded through with countless alleyways and dotted with hundreds of foodstalls engender a great deal of the city's character. So it's odd to think of them being consigned to the past, bulldozed to make way for a landscape of wide boulevards, supermarkets and tower-blocks; a landscape that each day looks a little bit more like China.