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Drinking down by the tracks

Update: December, 12/2017 - 09:10
Visitors to Hà Nôi, particularly foreigners, are often wowed by cafes on train tracks on Điện Biên Phủ Street, about a kilometre from Hà Nội Railway Station. — Photo zing.vn

Visitors to Hà Nôi, particularly foreigners, are often wowed by cafes on train tracks on Điện Biên Phủ Street, about a kilometre from Hà Nội Railway Station.

They go there not only for a drink but also for photos and to see locals going about their day in strange circumstances.

A visitor said that this kind of café is a must see in Hà Nội.

“Have a drink on the train tracks and then be politely moved as a train will thunder by about 10 inches from you,” he said.

An owner of one such café, Vũ Hoàng Đức, said the trains did not affect his business or the safety of his customers.

On weekdays, trains run at night and on weekends, they run until ten o’clock in the morning so he opens his café after 10.

But while the trains may politely move people, it seems police are less courteous.

Yesterday morning, police in Điện Biên Phủ Ward, Ba Đình District closed such cafés, saying they were illegally encroaching on the road and threatening road safety.

Why were these cafes allowed to operate for years if they were ‘illegal’? Answers on a postcard, a postcard with a picture of a train. — VNS

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