Every summer, all roads in Hanoi are occupied by restaurants and tea shops.
These street restaurants begin appearing at 5pm. 7-9pm are the peak hours.
Customers are mainly young people, who like sitting at pavement restaurants and tea shops to eat, drink and talk until midnight. After they leave, pavements are flooded by rubbish.
Nha Tho Street, Nga Tu So or My Dinh stadium has become common venues of youngsters at night. Despite the bad smell from To Lich River, food is sold along the riverbanks.
People have to pay to hire a seat on grassplots in front of My Dinh stadium or on Tran Thai Tong road, etc.
The highest fine on occupying roads and pavement is VND25 million ($1,200) and relevant agencies have sometimes made raids but this situation is not improved.
Whenever police and militia come, traders quickly pack up their things and run away. When police and militia leave, they continue their business.
Source: VTC/ VNN
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