(CNN) — Hanoi’s popular “train street” is once again the subject of a significant crackdown.
The street, where trains run along a track just inches away from homes and businesses in Vietnam’s capital, has long been one of the most popular tourist spots in Hanoi and a regular social media favorite.
However, it is also dangerous. The train track is still operational and there have been safety issues with tourists enjoying sitting, lying and posing on the track.
They all have until September 17 to close.
Authorities have reportedly erected barricades to keep tourists off “Train Street”.
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Retailers reportedly only received a few days’ notice.
The closure has been met with mixed reactions from people who live on and near Train Street and depend on tourists for their livelihoods.
“It would be better if we, the local people and the authorities could work together in the development of our Train Street,” a cafe owner – who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation from the local government – told CNN Travel.
They said income from tourism had helped restore their homes, improve quality of life and support elderly relatives.
“This shutdown will directly impact our revenues,” the owner added.
Top image: Patrons drink coffee in cafes along Train Street. Photo by Vinh Dav/Adobe Stock
Additional coverage by Jan Camenzind Broomby of CNN.