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Thành phố Cần Thơ
ham ruou vang can tho
|— City —|
|ham vang can tho|
|Nickname(s): "The capital of the West" (Tây Đô)|
|• Total||1,409 km2 (544 sq mi)|
|• Density||852/km2 (2,210/sq mi)|
|Website||Cần Thơ City government portal (Vietnamese)|
Cần Thơ ( listen) is the fifth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong delta. It is noted for its floating market, rice-paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals. It had a population of 1.2 million as of 2011, and is located on the south bank of the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong. In 2007, there are about 50 people died in Can Tho bridge's construction, Vietnam's worst engineering disaster. In 2011, Can Tho International Airport opened. The name Can Tho is a shortened form of cầm thi giang, meaning "river of poems". The city is nicknamed the "western capital" (Tây Đô), and is located 169 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Tho’s climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual humidity is 83%, rainfall 1,635 mm and temperature 27 °C.
Administrative system 
The city is an independent municipality at the same level as provinces of Vietnam. It was created in the beginning of 2004 by a split of the former Cần Thơ Province into two new administrative units: Cần Thơ City and Hậu Giang Province.
The city of Can Tho is divided into nine districts: Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, Cai Rang, O Mon, Thot Not, Phong Dien, Co Do, Vinh Thanh, Thoi Lai. Ninh Kieu, that has the well-known port - Ninh Kieu port, is the center district and also the most populated and wealthiest of these districts.
Cần Thơ is connected to the rest of the country by National Road 1A and Cần Thơ International Airport. The city's bridge which is now completed, is the longest cable-stayed bridge in South East Asia. The 6-lane Saigon–Cần Thơ Exressway is being built in parts[clarification needed] from Hồ Chí Minh City to Mỹ Tho. The hydrofoil express boat links this city with Saigon.
The Mekong Delta is considered to be the “rice basket of Vietnam,” contributing more than half of the nation’s rice production. People say of Can Tho:
|“||Cần Thơ gạo trắng nước trong,
Ai đi đến đó lòng không muốn về.
|“||Can Tho, white rice, pure water,
All who come wish never to leave.
Can Tho is famous for its floating markets, where people sell and buy things on the river, as well as the bird gardens and the port of Ninh Kieu. The city offers a wide range of tropical fruits such as pomelo, longan, jackfruit, mango and durian. The Can Tho City Museum has exhibits on the city's history. Tourist Attraction:
- Cần Thơ Bridge
- Nam Nhã Pagoda
- Bình Thủy Temple
- Ninh Kiều Quay
- Cái Răng Floating Market, Phong Điền Floating Market
- Bằng Lăng Stork Sanctuary (Thốt Nốt district)
- Cồn Khương Ecotourism (Ninh Kiều distrist)
- Mỹ Khánh Ecotourism
- Canal Tour
- Cantho Cathedral
- Ông Chinese Pagoda
- Pitu Khôsa Răngsey Khmer Pagoda
Academic institutions in the city are Cần Thơ University, Cần Thơ University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tây Đô University, Cần Thơ College, College of Foreign Economic Relations - Cần Thơ Branch, Medical College, The Economic and Technical College and Vocational College, with its well-known College of Agriculture and Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute.
Current Leaders 
Chairman of Can Tho City People's Committee: Mr.Nguyen Thanh Son
- Mr. Le Hung Dung: Permanent Vice Chairman
- Mr. Vo Thanh Thong: Vice Chairman
- Mr. Dao Anh Dung: Vice Chairman
- Ms. Vo Thi Hong Anh: Vice Chairwoman
After 120 years of development, the city now is the delta's most important centre of economics, culture, science and technology. It has a large freshwater port and two industrial parks.
Sister Cities 
- "Trang chu". Cổng Thông tin Điện tử thành phố Cần Thơ - CANTHO PORTAL (in Vietnamese and English). Ghi rõ nguồn "CanTho Portal" khi phát hành lại thông tin từ Portal này. 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Ron Emmons (7 February 2012). Frommer's Vietnam: with Angkor Wat. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-118-11997-6. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Jessica Rowson (3). "50 deaths in Can Tho bridge collapse". New Civil Engineer. EMAP Ltd. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Emmons, p. 342.
- SGT (13). "Ca Ba Old House is Can Tho classic". Vietnam.net Bridge. VIETNAMNET Bridge. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Emmons, p. 345.
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