Northern Vietnam (Miền Bắc) is one of the three regions within Vietnam (the other two regions are Central Vietnam and Southern Vietnam).
Of the three regions, the oldest is Northern Vietnam, where the Vietnamese culture originated over 2000 years ago in the Red River Delta, though Vietnamese people eventually spread south into the Mekong Delta.
The largest city in the North is Hanoi, the nation's capital, other major cities include Hải Phòng, Nam Định City.
Northern Vietnam includes the following subregions:
- Northwest (Tây Bắc) (6 provinces: Lào Cai, Yên Bái, Điện Biên, Hòa Bình, Lai Châu, Sơn La). This subregion is located on right bank of Hồng River. Lao Cai and Yên Bái are sometimes listed in subregion Đông Bắc.
- Northeast (Đông Bắc) (9 provinces: Hà Giang, Cao Bằng, Bắc Kạn, Lạng Sơn, Tuyên Quang, Thái Nguyên, Phú Thọ, Bắc Giang, Quảng Ninh.)
- Red River Delta (Đồng Bằng Sông Hồng) (10 provinces: Bắc Ninh, Hà Nam, Hà Nội, Hải Dương, Hải Phòng, Hưng Yên, Nam Định, Ninh Bình, Thái Bình, Vĩnh Phúc.)
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“Warmest climes but nurse the cruelest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure. Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.”
—Herman Melville (18191891)
“I was proud of the youths who opposed the war in Vietnam because they were my babies.”
—Benjamin Spock (b. 1903)