Administratively, Cần Thơ City constitutes 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.
Cần Thơ City is divided into eight districts:
The Mekong Delta is considered to be the “rice basket of Vietnam”, contributing more than 50% of the nation’s rice production. The city is famous with tourists for its floating markets. Guests can enjoy local fruit specialties such as pomelo, longan, jackfruit, mango and durian. Cần Thơ is similar to other provinces. People talk about Cần Thơ:
Cần Thơ gạo trắng nước trong, Ai đi đến đó lòng không muốn về.
Cần Thơ with white rice and clear water, All who comes would never wish to leave.
Cần Thơ is famous because of its floating markets, Cai Rang, Phung Hiep, where people sell and buy things on the river, its bird garden (Bằng Lăng), Ninh Kieu port and others.
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. With its stable infrastructure, the city is calling for and expecting larger foreign investment.