With the ceasefire finally announced, Hanoi prepared for the Paris signing with a long-awaited grooming and brushing.
SECTION OF TRAM BEING REPAIRED; TRAM ON THE MOVE; TRACKING SHOT ALONG CHANG TIEN STREET; REPAIRING IN PROGRESS; ROUGH RESURFACING ON ROAD; PEOPLE TENDING FLOWER BEDS; GENERAL SEQUENCES ACTIVITY.
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Background: With the ceasefire finally announced, Hanoi prepared for the Paris signing with a long-awaited grooming and brushing.
Quick repair work to tram tracks and sections of road damaged by United States bombing were combined with cleaning and ???ting by ??? ??? as a prelude to the ???t, the Vietnamese New Year which will begin on February 3.
With the final cessation in bombing, tram services hitherto closed down were back in operation on new sections of track. And along Chang Tien Street, one of the main shopping centres of Hanoi, shop fronts were given a fresh coat of paint - a common gesture and a solute to the end of the war.
Hanoi's parks and flower beds received their own beauty treatment. Truckloads in readiness for the Paris signing and then the New Year.
As the flowers returned to Hanoi, so too, did many of its citizens. Those who were evacuated to the country areas away from the threat of bombs are now returning to their homes. Soon, a major cleaning and reconstruction programme will begin.