Name: Colonial HanoiCountry: VietnamOUV: Main parts of Hanoi follow French city planning making Hanoi into a very different Asian city. Even Gustave Eiffel built here."Embarked on a grand mission civilisatrice, the French colonial administration laid wide, tree-lined boulevards patterned on the Champs Élysées, installed electric lights and built villas in a hybrid style known as Norman Pagoda""Some of the street scenes in Hanoi could be Paris. The French-style mansions and tree-lined boulevards help retain the city's reputation as being "The Paris of the East". Hanoi's culture, however, is uniquely Vietnamese and it exhibits few of the scars of the Indochina War."
This is another interesting and surprising one as I thought many of us already fed up with European colonial settlement. Currently we have British colonial towns by Mumbai and Georgetown, Spanish at Vigan , Portuguese in Macau, Lesser French influence within Luang Prabang, Dutch with small area of Melaka and Multi-colonial settlement in Xiamen's Gulangyu and Lushan NP in China.
Surprisingly in the current list we still don't have Qingdao which is in my opinion the best example of German settlement and we don't have real French styled colonial town, and I agreed with nfmungard that Hanoi is probably the best one.
There are more nice colonial towns that has potential to be added in WHS, for example, British Yangon and Singapore, Dutch in Jakarta and Semarang, or international in Tianjin.
However, it is more fascinating to see many colonial architectures in Japan and Thailand, the two countries never been colonized by European but built colonial styled buildings by their own concept of modernization, which in my opinion a great potential on WHS.
Another more unique is the colonial buildings in Korea and Taiwan built by Japan, Japan adopted colonial architecture to symbolized colonization and modernization in their colonized countries.