Hanoi Old Quarter deserted right before the New Year of Ox

Although it is the last week before the Lunar New Year of 2021, the Hanoi Old Quarter is unusually deserted with "Closing" signs everywhere.
February 07, 2021 | 09:59
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The bustling Hanoi these days are sleep deep in silence as shops' doors have been slammed down, not sure what day to wake up, altogether leaves a strange sight on the streets where each square meter of real estate cost billions VND. Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19, only the essential stores still operate.

Clothing stores try to promote sale programs to gain back their capital before closing for the Tet holiday. It seems that only Hang Ma street has a bit of the usually hustling atmosphere. Most of the shops that can open on this occasion are owned by homeowners without having to rent premises.

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“Sleepless” Ta Hien Street is currently sleeping, right before the Lunar New Year of 2021.(Photo: VNA)
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Ta Hien Street was massively closed to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic under the direction of the People's Committee of Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)
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Hang Bong Street is deserted, only a few people pass by. (Photo: VNA)
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The stores on Hang Gai street have been stopped doing business due to the lack of customers and their revenue was not enough to stay open. (Photo: VNA)
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The stores are closed and wait to be transferred or subleased to new owners on Hang Hom street. (Photo: VNA)
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Most of the shops that can open on this occasion are owned by homeowners without having to rent premises. (Photo: VNA)
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Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19, only the essential stores still operate. (Photo: VNA)
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Clothing stores try to promote sale programs to gain back their capital before closing for the Tet holiday. (Photo: VNA)
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