The Hanoitimes - Trinh Cong Son walking street, scheduled to open in mid May, is Hanoi’s second public space not for vehicles, following the first near Hoan Kiem Lake. Tough begining The idea about a project to turn Trinh Cong Son street into a pedestrian one was initiated by the People's Committee of Tay Ho district in 2015 and started to be implemented in 2016. It had once been expected that the street named after the talented music composer would soon become a walking space at weekends, at the end of August 2017 when vendor kiosks were set up and the surrounding landscape was also adjusted. A parking lot for motor vehicles was anticipated; the two public squares alongside the lake were expected to be utilized for community cultural activities. The 2017 Capital Liberation Day had been set to mark the inauguration of this walking street. However, the fixed kiosks, modeled after the ancient house of Hanoi and Hoi An, became the cause of the delay of the expected implementation of … [Read more...] about The second walking street in Hanoi: Worth the long wait?
The administration of HCM City’s District 1 has sought the People’s Committee’s approval to make the whole of Bui Vien Street in the heart of the ‘backpacker area’ a walking-only street on weekend evenings.According to local authorities, the stretch of the street open only to pedestrians between 7pm and 2am during weekends often gets 600 – 1,000 visitors on those evenings, but is not long enough now, a handicap especially during festivals.It is pedestrian-only between Trần Hưng Đạo and Đỗ Quang Đẩu streets, and authorities now want to ban vehicles on the entire street until Cống Quỳnh Street, and the whole Đỗ Quang Đẩu Street.There will be enough parking space for vehicles around the area even after the expansion.The District 1 People’s Committee believes lengthening the walking-only stretch will increase revenues, including taxes, from tourism activities, and local … [Read more...] about HCM City to make Bui Vien walking-only
VietNamNet Bridge - Many international visitors have captured images of chickens doing odd things on the streets of Vietnam. Hanoi's posture, by El Floz. Having a bath next to chickens in HCM City, by Alex. Chicken gets drunk on pipe tobacco? by Charles Fred. A couple at the Hanoi Cathedral, by Zoomingin. A poor chicken with tied feet in Hanoi, by Chuski. Breakfast on a Saigon sidewalk, by Simonk45. The "security guard" of a shop in Hanoi, by Andre Weio. Surfing on the street, by Adam Cohn. A happy "chicken family", by Little Ayun. Dating in the "park"?, by St . Blaize. Diligent "workers", by Ayngelina. A foreigner enjoys watching chickens near the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, by Cholmondell. A couple eat junk food in Hanoi ,by Banjira. A naked chicken in Hanoi's Old Quarter, by Hintman. Baby chickens pick at garbage with their mother, by Berky Kim. Seeking food near drains in Hanoi, by Jessica Lou. Chicken ... guard vehicles, by … [Read more...] about Funny pictures of “street-walking” chickens
Thousands of protesters have marched on New York's financial district, with rallies also held in other US cities. Powerful unions gave a high-profile boost to the long-running demonstrations, as their members joined the rally in lower Manhattan. Students at several US colleges walked out of classes in solidarity. The activists have vented grievances over the 2008 corporate bailouts, high US unemployment and home repossessions, among other things. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested last weekend on the Brooklyn Bridge. On October 5, smaller protests were held from Boston and Chicago to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The biggest event took place in New York, where at least 5,000 activists joined forces with members of unions and community organisations to march on Wall Street. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Communications Workers of America and the Amalgamated Transit Union joined the New York march, as did the nation's largest … [Read more...] about Wall Street protesters march in New York
Hotel staffs in the red-light districts have often become reluctant witnesses to tricks and traps set up by prostitutes to rob or steal money and other assets from their male clients. The man in pink jersey gets solicited by two other street girls riding on a bike on Nguyen Chi Thanh Street after he has just rejected another girl Photo: Tuoi Tre Usually, a client who appears loaded enough with money will fall victim to their traps, with the aid from other male gangsters who are also their pimps. Part 1: “Red light” districts in Ho Chi Minh City Part 2: Street prostitutes cum robbers NVD fell into one of such traps on July 5. After leaving a wedding party in Hoc Mon District after having a few drinks, NVD picked a street girl on his way home on national highway 22 near An Suong Bus Station. They agreed on a ‘happy deal’ of VND200,000 (US$10) for an hour of fun. After NVD had paid … [Read more...] about Street prostitutes cum robbers