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In case you are visiting Hanoi for the primary time, you is perhaps questioning what to go to within the capital. How lengthy to remain in Hanoi to cowl all the primary sights? That are the very best eating places? What are the very best day journeys from Hanoi? Is there any good place for purchasing in Hanoi?

On this publish we cowl all you must know to organize your go to to Hanoi, an unimaginable place in Asia, which we loved visiting lots.

We truly spent a little bit greater than per week in Hanoi, as to jot down this weblog, we prefer to discover lots about a spot to later give the very best suggestions. Nevertheless, Hanoi with none day journeys to Halong Bay for example, can simply be coated in 2-3 days.

Hanoi is the capital and second largest metropolis of Vietnam, after Ho Chi Minh Metropolis. Nevertheless, the vibe of those two cities is completely completely different: Hanoi is older and extra conventional, whereas Ho Chi Minh Metropolis (HCMC) is youthful, extra vibrant and extra western-like.

The historical past of Hanoi explains its tradition: 1000’s of years in the past, Vietnamese territory was a lot smaller, comprising just a few provinces, in present-day northern Vietnam, earlier than being invaded and occupied by the Chinese language for nearly a thousand 12 months.

Northern Vietnam, together with Hanoi, has been strongly influenced by Chinese language tradition. Following a number of wars of resistance, the Vietnamese step by step regained the northern territories, earlier than increasing to the south. Hanoi has a thousand-year-old historic and cultural richness whereas HCMC is just a few centuries outdated.

Inhabitants: 8 million inhabitants

Some impressions of Hanoi

So right here is our checklist of the very best issues to do in Hanoi. Later on this publish we advocate the very best lodges and finest areas to remain in Hanoi.

1. Begin your go to of Hanoi within the outdated quarter

The outdated quarter is the guts of Hanoi. If that is the primary time you go to Asia, the outdated quarter provides you with an enormous cultural shock! The bustling streets are energetic! You possibly can look wherever round you, one thing will likely be happening.

Both folks consuming on the streets, outdated girls promoting fruit and veggies, folks driving bike, children taking part in on the sidewalk, staff having a break and having fun with a cup of espresso, numerous retailers promoting all types of issues. You bought the purpose! This is without doubt one of the finest issues to see in Hanoi!

The Outdated Quarter of Hanoi is taken into account Vietnam’s first business heart, masking greater than 100ha, east of the Imperial Metropolis of Thăng Lengthy. After the switch of the capital from Hoa Lư to Đại La (present-day Hanoi) within the eleventh century, the town grew to become the assembly level for a lot of artisans and retailers.

“Hanoi’s Outdated Quarter has 76 streets, of which about 47 have stored their outdated unique title which begins with the phrase Hàng, that means “items”. Every quarter bears the traces of its historical past. The names of the streets nonetheless recall the products that have been produced there or that are nonetheless produced: Hàng Dào road (silk road), Hàng Duong road (sugar road), Hàng Thiêc road (tinsmiths road), Hàng Bông (cotton road)…

The Outdated Quarter is unquestionably our favourite place in Hanoi. We may spend hours simply getting misplaced within the charming alleys and streets.

Location: right here

2. Take a stroll round Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoàn Kiếm Lake is the soul of Hanoi. In order for you a break from hustle & bustle of the outdated quarter, come right here to take pleasure in a calming break round this beautiful lake.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake or the Lake of the Restored Sword is an important, nearly like a sacred place for the folks in Hanoi. Should you ask any Vietnamese: What’s there to see in Hanoi? the reply can be: “Hoàn Kiếm Lake and its Turtle Tower”.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake is positioned inside Hanoi’s Outdated Quarter. The title of the lake refers to an outdated legend in line with which the emperor Lê Lợi would have defeated and repelled the Chinese language because of a sword fished out of this lake. On his return from the combating, he was arrested on this similar lake by a turtle demanding the weapon.

Understanding that it was a divine present to defeat the invaders and that his mission was completed, he returned the sword to the animal.

At Hoàn Kiếm, you will note a wonderful pink bridge reaching a small island inside the lake: Jade island, which hosts the Ngọc Sơn Temple (Jade Temple) constructed across the 14th century. It homes, amongst different issues, a large tortoise mummified within the fifteenth century that lived within the lake. There’s a small entry prices of 30,000VND to go to Jade Island.

In case you are in Hanoi through the weekend, the roads across the lake are blocked, and plenty of occasions, live shows and different animations are organised across the lake. Be certain that to test it out!

The lake is without doubt one of the finest issues to see in Hanoi!

3. Proceed your go to of Hanoi on the French Quarter

The advantage of visiting Hanoi, is that the whole lot could be carried out on foot for those who keep close to the outdated quarter, which may be very handy to discover the town!

To totally grasp and perceive the historical past of Hanoi, head to the French Quarter, positioned close to Hoàn Kiếm Lake, among the finest issues to see in Hanoi.

Throughout the French colonial period Hanoi was divided into three areas: French zone, Vietnamese zone and concession zone.

In comparison with Hanoi’s Outdated Quarter, the French Quarter shouldn’t be be as full of life however it could take you to a different a part of Hanoi’s soul. The streets are charming and trendy, feeling such as you out of the blue stroll round a pleasant neighbourhood of Paris. We advocate visiting this space of Hanoi, as that is such a distinction to the Outdated Quarter!

On the finish of the nineteenth century, with its giant villas, leisure facilities and municipal buildings, the French Quarter grew to become very completely different to the remainder of Hanoi. Head to the realm across the SOFITEL (by the best way, among the finest lodge in Hanoi, test it out right here). There you may have a pleasant lunch/dinner/espresso or drinks within the night. A must-see in case you are in Hanoi!

4. Go to the Opera of Hanoi

As one of many 20 most well-known opera homes on the planet, come and admire the majestic Opera Home, positioned within the coronary heart of Hanoi, inside the French Quarter, only a few steps away from Hoan Kiem Lake.

The Hanoi Opera was accomplished in 1911, consultant of French structure, impressed by the Opera Garnier in Paris! The inside of the Opera is much more majestic! The most effective issues to see in Hanoi!

Try this system right here in case you need to watch a present.

Location: right here

5. Keep close to Hoan Kiem Lake and go to Saint Joseph Cathedral

In-built 1886 by the French, this cathedral is considerably paying homage to Notre-Dame de Paris, however smaller, extra unique. The facade has been fully blackened by the humidity.

What we like probably the most are the small cafes on the primary ground across the sq. which has a number of chairs on the terrace proper in entrance of the cathedral. Simply sit down, take pleasure in a espresso and have a look at the world go by…

Location: right here (google location is a bit deceptive, you need to stroll to the alternative road to see the cathedral)

6. Close to Saint Joseph Cathedral, proper by the lake, go to the gorgeous Quán Thánh Temple

Constructed within the eleventh century, the Quan Thanh temple homes the biggest bronze statue in Vietnam. All you need to do is contact the foot of this enormous statue in your needs to be granted.

This statue dates from the seventeenth century and represents the guardian genius of the north. Persevering with your go to, you’ll discover many cult objects, reminiscent of sabers or spears.

The temple shouldn’t be massive and the go to could be carried out comparatively shortly, however don’t miss it, that is one other finest issues to see in Hanoi.

7. Go to Hoa Lo Jail Museum

This won’t be probably the most joyful issues you will note throughout your go to of Hanoi, however it’s unmissable to know the historical past of Hanoi.

A go to to this museum in Hoa Lo Jail is a should to study Vietnamese historical past below the French colonial empire. Bear in mind that this place is reasonably unhappy and stunning for many half. We have been fairly emotional through the go to…

At the moment, it was the biggest jail in Indochina. Its perform was to incarcerate Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters. It was additionally a spot of torture and execution.

From 1964 to 1973 it grew to become a jail for captured American pilots, which is why it’s also satirically referred to as Hanoi Hilton.

Ticket: 30,000 VND

Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to five p.m. each day

Location: right here

8. Drink an egg-coffee, Hanoi’s speciality

Chances are you’ll not realize it however Vietnam is without doubt one of the largest espresso producers on the planet. Its cultivation dates again to the early 1800s, when French settlers introduced the primary espresso timber.

Right now, a lot of the nation produces robusta, a sort of very robust espresso completely different from what we’re used to within the west (arabica). So don’t be shocked by the distinction in style.

Nevertheless, Hanoi is most well-known for it’s egg-coffee! Sure you learn that proper: “EGG”. It could sounds bizarre at first, however actually it’s… DELICIOUS!!!! Actually, we had some a lot of them whereas in Hanoi, we are able to’t recall. We fully fell in love with it.

There are 2 very well-known locations to attempt egg-coffee (though you will discover it just about wherever in Hanoi), each positioned in Hanoi:

Cafe Giảng: This place has the fame of serving a few of the coffees on the town and particularly the egg-coffee. We tried our first egg-coffee there and as , fell in love with it. This place will get very crowded, particularly on weekend. (location)Đinh Café: it took us some time to seek out this place. The doorway look nothing like the doorway of a espresso store. It’s like a really tiny alley, with stairs going up from the again of a kitchen… We hesitated to go up as we thought we took the mistaken method. However sure, it was there. That is speculated to be the delivery place of Egg Espresso. Right here the espresso may be very properly introduced! A should in Hanoi! (location)

9. Go to Vietnam Museum of Ethnography

Right here you’ll uncover the traditions and customs of the 54 ethnic teams of Vietnam via practically 25,000 objects, quite a few costumes and reconstructions of dwellings.

Significantly properly suited to younger audiences, the museum additionally gives a standard water puppet present.

Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. each day besides Monday

Entrance price: 40,000VND (50,000VND extra for the proper to take images)

Location: right here

Water puppet present each day at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. (entrance ticket: 90,000 VND)

10. Go to the Temple of Literature

One other unmissable factor to see in Hanoi is the chic Temple of Literature. Along with being the biggest Confucius mausoleum in Vietnam, it’s also a quiet place within the coronary heart of Hanoi’s.

You will see that a statue of the sacred turtle and the phoenix. Vietnamese folks come to the touch these two statues earlier than their exams to deliver them luck. The turtle brings knowledge and the phoenix peace.

As soon as they’ve graduated, the younger folks come to do photoshoots in conventional garments to recollect their success. You will notice, it’s colourful and fairly a enjoyable atmosphere!

Opening hours: each day from 8 a.m. to six p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Entrance: 30,000VND

Location: right here

11. Try Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, positioned on Ba Dinh sq. was constructed to accommodate the stays of the founding father of the Republic of Vietnam, in any other case generally known as Ho Chi Minh.

Concerning the go to itself, we strongly advise you to go early to keep away from losing an excessive amount of time ready in line (observe: it is just open within the morning!).

It’s also possible to uncover a pleasant gardens, Ho Chi Minh’s outdated automotive, his home, you may see the One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Opening hours: Tue to Thu from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Sat / Solar from 7:30 am to 11:00 am (CLOSED on Fri and Mon)

Entrance: free

Location: right here

12. Subsequent, go to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Lengthy

Labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage Website, the citadel is a go to very often forgotten by vacationers. It was opened to guests solely in 2010.

Earlier than that, it was a Forbidden Metropolis, then a monument reserved for troopers and their households. This go to will educate you numerous in regards to the historical past of Hanoi. For us, it was among the finest issues we noticed in Hanoi.

Opening Hours: each day besides Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to five p.m.

Entrance: 30,000VND

Location: right here

13. Watch a water puppet present

Water puppets are a practice in northern Vietnam relationship again to the eleventh century. The peasants made lacquered picket puppets and made them come alive on the floor of the flooded rice fields to inform tales.

Right now there may be the Thang Lengthy Water Puppet Theater, positioned within the coronary heart of Hanoi, which gives at the least one present a day.

Though extra interesting to children, it’s appropriate for everybody. Definitely among the finest issues to see in Hanoi.

Try the schedule and ebook your ticket right here

Location: right here

14. Eat the very best Banh Mi on the town at Banh Mi 25

Bánh mì, the Vietnamese sandwich is one in every of our favourite meals in Vietnam and it’s tremendous low cost! It’s a mixture of French and Vietnamese delicacies (elements: Vietnamese baguette, pâté, mayonnaise, meats, soy sauce, coriander and so forth…).

At Banh Mi 25 they take it to the following degree. Right here you’ve got vegan choices, and extra western-style choices reminiscent of avocado and egg Banh Mi.

Be ready to attend a bit particularly at lunch time, as this place may be very well-known in Hanoi.

Location: right here

15. Go to The Memorial Home of Ho Chi Minh

When wandering across the outdated quarter, you may make a fast cease at The Memorial Home of Ho Chi Minh. That is the place Ho Chi Minh lived and wrote the Declaration of Independence in a set of desk and chair nonetheless preserved until at the present time.

Chances are you’ll not discover it from the skin, however when coming in, this place is filled with nice data. The go to doesn’t final lengthy, nevertheless it’s very informative.

Opening hours: each day from 8:30–11:30AM & 1:30–4:30PM

Location: right here

16. Do some purchasing at Hanoi evening market

In case you are staying on the weekend in Hanoi, then make certain to go to the evening market at Hanoi Outdated Quarter. The market is held from Friday night till Sunday night from 6pm to 11pm.

The market is held on Grasp Dao road, as the road turns into a pedestrian solely alley. You possibly can simply discover the market within the Outdated Quarter. It’s not removed from Hoan Kiem lake.

On the market you’ll find a variety of handicrafts, work, jewellery, and toys at very fascinating costs. It’s the right time to buy a souvenirs out of your journey to Hanoi.

This is without doubt one of the finest issues to see in Hanoi, make certain to test it out.

Location of the evening market: right here

17. Get pleasure from a drink on one of many nice rooftops of Hanoi

Like most cities in Vietnam, trying out a rooftop is just about a should. You bought to take pleasure in a really good drink + the view of the town! In Hanoi there are a number of choices. We advocate the next rooftops:

Skyline Hanoi: this is without doubt one of the hottest rooftop bars in Hanoi. Get there simply earlier than sundown to take pleasure in a Pleased Hour and the magnificent view of the town. Skyline Hanoi is positioned within the Outdated Quarter right here. La Mejor Lodge & Sky Bar: on prime of La Mejor Lodge (which we extremely advocate in case you are in Hanoi, extra data right here), there’s a luxurious rooftop. In case you are visiting Hanoi with the one you love, then verify this place out. This is without doubt one of the most romantic rooftops in Hanoi. Location right here. Terraço Sky Bar: for a extra premium and luxurious expertise, we extremely advocate Terraço Sky Bar positioned within the French Quarter. Right here you may drink wonderful cocktail from the intensive menu. Test it out right here.

18. Strive the scrumptious native dishes

The meals in Vietnam, is one in every of our favourite cuisines on the planet! It’s recent, stuffed with taste, simple to eat. You possibly can’t go to Vietnam and never attempting the native meals.

A number of the dishes are usually from Hanoi, reminiscent of:

Chả cá, grilled fish with dill (THIS IS DIVINE!!! TRY, TRY, TRY!!!)

Chả cá is a culinary specialty of Hanoi which we loved probably the most (in addition to the wonderful egg espresso). They’ll deliver the fish and loads of dill, which you’ll have to pan fried your self on the desk. The style is so so good, particularly with all of the dill. Usually it will likely be served with Vietnamese rice noodle on the facet.

There are various eating places providing this dish, however THE finest one is Chả Cá Thăng Lengthy (location). At this restaurant, there isn’t any menu! They solely serve this dish.

Phở, Hanoian beef/hen soup

You’ve in all probability heard of phở – Vietnam’s nationwide dish. It’s included within the checklist of the 100 finest dishes on the planet. If that is the primary time touring to Vietnam, you may’t depart Vietnam with out attempting a phở. And no worries, in case you are vegetarian, they’ve a model with veggies solely. Phở is served in so many locations round Hanoi. Merely attempt one when it’s on the menu!

Bún chả, rice vermicelli with grilled pork

A “bun cha” consists of charcoal-grilled pork left in a bowl of candy and bitter nuoc mam sauce with thinly sliced ​​carrots and papayas. It’s eaten with rice vermicelli and fragrant herbs. A delight!

For the very best bun chan, head to Bún chả Hương Liên, additionally referred to as Bún chả Obama! That is the place the previous president Obama loved a bun cha throughout his go to of Hanoi. (location)

19. Go to Bach Ma Temple in Hanoi

In any case these meals and drinks, it’s time to go to the remainder of Hanoi. Subsequent in your checklist: the gorgeous Bach Ma Temple.

A legend says that King Ly Thai Tô, who reigned within the eleventh century round Hanoi, had seen a white horse in a dream. This horse had come to take him at evening from his citadel and had led him to the location of the battle in opposition to the Mongols. As soon as this battle was fought, the horse once more got here to fetch the king and carried him to the location that was to change into the brand new capital, Thang Lengthy. To thank him, the king constructed this temple: Bach Ma.

Total Bach Ma is a peaceable and exquisite temple, price a go to in case you are in Hanoi.

Location: right here

20. Hanoi Practice Avenue (closed for vacationers)

You’ve gotten in all probability seen this on TV, or on the web: the prepare alley in Hanoi’s Outdated Quarter. Right here the trains go a number of centimetres from the homes and cafes in the course of a really slim alley. This was one of many most important sights in Hanoi.

If like us you might be so excited to see the prepare on this slim alley, we’re sorry to announce, that this place has been closed to vacationers…

For safety causes, the prepare road has been closed to the general public by the Vietnamese authorities. There will need to have been plenty of accidents.

21. Tour the Nationwide Historic Museum

The Vietnamese Historical past Museum in Hanoi is without doubt one of the finest museums in Hanoi. First of the all of the constructing’s structure is beautiful.

The museum is positioned within the former constructing of the French Faculty of the Far East constructed by the French architect Ernest Hébrard in 1932 through the time of French Indochina. It’s an instance of the eclectic Indochinese model, of which Hébrard was the founder. The constructing is a part of the nationwide heritage.

The Vietnam Historical past Museum is positioned within the French Quarter behind the Opera Home.

Now the museum is reasonably massive. So we don’t advocate to undergo the whole lot, as in any other case you might begin to get bored.

The Vietnamese Historical past Museum is split into a number of sections:

Prehistory, from the Stone Age – 30,000 / 40,000 years in the past to – 4,000 / 5,000 years in the past;From nation-building to the Tran dynasty: from – 2000 to 1400.From the Ho dynasty to the Nguyen dynasty: 1400 to 1945.

Focus reasonably on the final half to know the trendy historical past of Vietnam.

Opening hours: 08:00–12:00 & 13:30–17:00

Entrance price: 40,000 VND

Web site: right here

Location: right here

22. Go to Tran Quoc Pagoda

Situated north of the Hoan Kiem district, West Lake is a pleasant place to go to in Hanoi. Actually, it’s the largest lake in Hanoi. It provides entry to the Tay Ho district within the North which is the favored district for expats.

A highway crosses the lake, resulting in the Trân Quôc pagoda. That is one in every of our favourite pagodas and among the finest issues to see in Hanoi. One other lovely piece of structure within the metropolis.

Opening hours: from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to six:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Location: right here

23. Try Lengthy Bien Bridge

Lengthy Bien Bridge is positioned within the Lengthy Bien district. It was previously referred to as Paul-Doumer bridge after the previous governor of French Indochina.

Why is it price a go to? It’s lengthy! With 1,680 meters in whole. It crosses the Purple River. It’s in-built Eiffel model. You possibly can stroll on it to benefit from the view of the river and the encompassing gardens.

Go to at sundown to take pleasure in the very best view of the Purple River!

Location: right here

24. Go on a day journey to Halong Bay

Visiting Halong Bay, is without doubt one of the finest issues to see in Vietnam. In case you are in Vietnam for a restricted time frame, then go for a day journey from Hanoi. Most individuals would spend an evening on a ship in Halong Bay, however in a day journey from Hanoi, you may see lots already.

You’ll take pleasure in a scenic drive via the agricultural landscapes of northern Vietnam, adopted by a cruise in Halong Bay. This full-day, round-trip tour from Hanoi contains kayaking and a seafood lunch served on board.

There are various excursions providing day journey from Hanoi, we advocate this one.

25. Go on a day journey to the beautiful Ninh Binh

Should you go to Vietnam, a visit to Ninh Binh is just about a should!

Ninh Binh is a province in northern Vietnam, 100km south of Hanoi. It’s residence to the panorama of Trang An, a UNESCO website, and Tam Coc (three caves), the place scenes from many motion pictures have been filmed.

Ninh Binh is within the checklist of prime 4 most visited journey locations in northern Vietnam, together with Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay.

Aside from the pure websites, you may uncover a number of cultural and historic websites. It was the capital of Vietnam within the tenth and eleventh centuries.

There are various excursions providing day journey from Hanoi, we advocate this one.

Greatest lodges in Hanoi? The place to remain in Hanoi?

In case you are coming to Hanoi, we extremely advocate a lodge both within the Outdated Quarter or the French Quarter. From each places you may go to the primary sights in Hanoi on foot.

Here’s a checklist of our beneficial lodges in Hanoi.


This 5-star resort, is the last word luxurious lodge in Hanoi. If you wish to get pampered throughout your journey to Hanoi, then that is the place to be!

This historic landmark, was in-built 1901 within the centre of Hanoi, within the French Quarter. Rooms are elegant that includes French traditional decor. The lodge gives an incredible spa and nice facilities together with a wonderful swimming pool and good eating places.

That is THE finest lodge in Hanoi. Test it out right here.


For the very best worth for cash, go for La Mejor Hanoi. This lodge shouldn’t be solely positioned within the coronary heart of Hanoi’s Outdated Quarter, it has lovely rooms, a scrumptious eating places providing a terrific breakfast, and among the finest rooftops in Hanoi.

Though this place may be very central with plenty of eating places and bars round, the rooms are literally very quiet, which makes it among the finest lodges in Hanoi. Extra data right here.


In case you are extra on a price range, then Hanoi Prime Heart Lodge, is the proper lodge for you. The room fee is extraordinarily inexpensive and the standard of the room in addition to the cleanliness prime notch!

Guide right here.

Tips on how to get to Hanoi/ Tips on how to get round in Hanoi?

In case you are travelling from Da Nang or from Ho Chi Minh metropolis, then we extremely advocate flying to Hanoi. From Da Nang you even have the choice of taking a bus or prepare, nevertheless the journey is 14h, whereas with a flight the journey lasts 1.5h. Apart from flight costs are actually inexpensive, you may evaluate the very best costs right here.

To get round in Hanoi, the great factor is that almost all of the issues to see within the metropolis are strolling distance across the Outdated Quarters. Nevertheless, you may also take a taxi (or GRAB), or a cylco, a sort of carriage you will note in all places in Hanoi. A great way to find the town. You possibly can rent the cyclo per hour.


How lengthy to remain in Hanoi?

If you don’t embrace any day journeys, then in 2 days you may cowl most sights in Hanoi. Nevertheless you may simply spend extra time within the capital as there may be a lot to see. Should you embrace 1 or 2 day journeys, then take into account 4 to five days to see all of it.

When is the very best time to go to Hanoi? Is there a wet season in Hanoi?

Hanoi could be visited all 12 months spherical. Nevertheless, we advocate September to November. Throughout this time temperature will get actually nice, much less scorching and fewer humid.

The summer season in Hanoi may be very scorching and humid with extra probabilities of rain. Spring, March – April, is one other good time to go to Hanoi.

In conclusion about the very best issues to see in Hanoi

A well-liked vacation spot for vacationers, Hanoi is without doubt one of the finest issues to go to throughout a visit to Vietnam. Multi-ethnic, preserved, full of life and joyful, the capital will delight anybody who units foot there.

We loved each single moments in Hanoi and beloved all our encounters and trade with locals. We may spend hours simply sitting within the Outdated Quarters watching exterior. After which comes the meals. Completely scrumptious. Each single dish we tried, being in upscale eating places, road meals, snack available in the market and regular native eating places, in all places it was simply wonderful!

Get pleasure from your time on this great place and this glorious nation!

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