VGP – Walking street areas will be officially expanded to cover other eight streets and three alleys from January 1, 2021, according to the Hoan Kiem district People’s Committee.
The district started expansion and resolved remaining obstacles from December 25.
Accordingly, the walking zone around the capital’s iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake will cover additional eight streets namely Hang Dau, Cau Go, Hang Be, Hang Bac, Dinh Liet, Gia Ngu, Dao Duy Tu (from Gao Market to O Quan Chuong), O Quan Chuong, and three alleys including Cau Go, Trung Yen, and Phat Loc.
They will be off-limits for vehicles from 7 p.m. on Friday through midnight on Sunday.
Earlier, Ha Noi earmarked several streets, including Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Khay, Le Thach, and Trang Tien, for pedestrians only since September 2016 to enliven the city and attract more visitors.
City authorities said the walking-only zone has become a magnet for tourists, and helped diversify the activities available to them.
Statistics from Hoan Kiem District showed that on the average, the walking streets attracted about 3,000-5,000 people during the daytime on weekends, and about 15,000 people in the evenings./.
By Kim Loan