Pedestrian space around Hoan Kiem Lake to be officially operational from 2020
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The creation of the pedestrian street has become a magnet for both domestic and foreign visitors with some 3,000-5,000 arrivals during daytime, and 15,000-20,000 in evening. (Photo: VNA)
The creation of the pedestrian street has become a magnet for both domestic and foreign visitors with some 3,000-5,000 arrivals during daytime, and 15,000-20,000 in evening.
The pedestrian zone around Hoan Kiem Lake includes Hang Buom, Ma May, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien, Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong, Dong Xuan, Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Thai To, Hang Khay, Hang Bai, Trang Tien, Dinh Le, Nguyen Xi, Le Lai, Le Thach, Tran Nguyen Han, Lo Su, Luong Van Can, and Bao Khanh.
The streets are open from Friday night to Sunday night, from 7pm to 12pm in summer and from 6pm to 12pm in winter.
The Hanoi People’s Committee has assigned Hoan Kiem district to expand the pedestrian zone to the south of the Old Quarter.
In the short-term, this will cover Dinh Liet, Gia Ngu, Cau Go, Hang Be, Hang Dau, and Trung Yen, in a bid to reduce overcrowding in the current pedestrian zone.
The number of tourists to Hanoi is estimated to reach nearly 29 million in 2019, up 10 percent from the previous year, including over 7 million foreigners, a year-on-year rise of 17 percent.
In 2019, Hanoi was also ranked fifth among the seven best places in Asia for solo travellers by Bigseventravel. The Italian tourism website described Hanoi as a hectic, crazy and often confusing city, and a wonderful base from which to explore the north of Vietnam, including the world natural heritage site of Ha Long Bay in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh and the popular resort town of Sa Pa in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai.
According to Mastercard’s Asia Pacific Destinations Index, Hanoi ranked 15th among the 20 leading destinations in the region.
Hanoi was also shortlisted for the World’s Leading City Destination at the 2019 World Travel Awards (WTA).
In 2020, the capital city strives to welcome approximately 32 million visitors, including 8.22 million foreigners, up 10.2 percent and 17 percent year-on-year respectively. The total tourism revenue is expected to exceed 116.7 trillion VND, a yearly rise of 12.5 percent./.