Friday, September 27, 2019

Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi

Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
On many streets with train tracks running through in Hanoi, tourists are flocking due to curiosity to experience some exciting adventure.

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On the streets of Kham Thien, Le Duan and Phung Hung (Hanoi) - where there are railways running through, on both sides of the train tracks, residents are crowded, so they are called Railway street.
Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
Railway Street is a unique feature of Hanoi: The street is not for cars, but only for pedestrians, bicycles, motorbikes and ... trains.

Here, residents every day face danger right in front of the porch (because the distance from the house to the rails is only about 1m), a space constrained by the loud and shaking sound of the train as it runs through.
Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
Because of the narrow living area, people have to live outside, on the train tracks from drying clothes to washing dishes, cooking rice ... It all takes place in the rail safety corridor area. .

However, this adventure is a special feature that attracts the curiosity of tourists from other places.
Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
After making its first appearance in the British DailyMail in April 2014, in recent years, the street has become a "hot check-in" spot for tourists to Hanoi. In response to the increasing number of tourists, along the railway street starts to "grow" on the number of cafes, there are signboards hang in front of shops such as Railway Cafe,  Indochina Station Cafe,... but there are small shops with only some chair or small refreshment bars.
Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
On TripAdvisor, Railway street is currently ranked second out of 107 landscapes in Hanoi.

Visitors come to the street both day and night to experience the thrill and to capture the moment the train passes right by them. The guests are crowded but very orderly.
Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
During the day, taking advantage of the very few trains running through, tourists often come and explore the private space behind the rows of houses, experiencing the daily life of the people here honestly.

The evening is the most crowded time. At this time, sightseeing activities almost stopped giving way to sitting to enjoy food, drinking water and watching the street.
Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
Trains from Hanoi station or from Long Bien station to going through the street are often quite slow. When a train is about to pass, the staff at the guard posts alert 10 minutes in advance. In just a split second, the railroad safety corridor suddenly ventilated in an unprecedented sense. People stood to the side to admire and take photos when the train passed.

Although there have not been any accidents, the situation of rail traffic safety corridor is really alarming. A lot of potential risk can happen ...
Railway street - Spontaneous tourist attraction in Hanoi
For existing rail and road routes, any activity affecting the safety corridor is illegal. Tourists may find it strange because of curiosity, but opening a cafe or trading on the rails is really dangerous, difficult to see as a cultural feature.

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