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Hanoi completes wiping out thrilling railway coffee shops

The Haoni Times Thursday,  October 17,  2019

HANOI, Vietnam – The railway, which was built in the French colonial era and runs from Dien Bien Phu street to Phung Hung street, gained notoriety among foreign tourists and locals looking for Instagram snapshots.

Hanoi has completed closing down all cafes and photo settings along both sides of the Old Quarter stretch of the train track before the deadline of October 12 at the request of the Ministry of Transport.

A section of the railway track running through the Old Quarter.

Accordingly, one all local people selling foods and drinks in the area signed commitments to close their businesses. So far, 68 businesses have been fined a total of VND135 million (US$5,800).

On the other hand, Hanoi also informed foreign visitors and tour operators about the ban of photo and video shooting as well as drinking coffee in the railway area.

Hanoi requested relevant agencies and authorities of districts along the railway, including Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, among others, to install warning signs in the area.

In early October, the Ministry of Transport requested Hanoi to close all coffee shops located along the railway corridors to ensure safety.

During the first nine months of 2019, Hanoi witnessed many railway safety violations, in which locals and tourists flocked to the railway section between Phung Hung Street and Dien Bien Phu Street to take photos and drink coffee, which entails risks of railway accidents.

The railway, which was built in the French colonial era and runs from Dien Bien Phu street to Phung Hung street, gained notoriety among foreign tourists and locals looking for Instagram snapshots.

However, as the railway is still in use daily, tourism activities here trigger concerns about safety. The closing down ignited controversies and attracted the attention of several international newspapers including CNN, The Guardian, Telegraph, among others.

Ha An

http://www.hanoitimes.vn/hanoinews/2019/10/81E0DD1F/hanoi-completes-wiping-out-thrilling-railway-coffee-shops/

From: THE HANOI TIMES (Vietnam) Thu, October 17, 2019

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