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Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

By Ngoc Thanh, Quynh Tran   January 31, 2022 | 10:19 pm PT
Hanoi and HCMC were quiet on Tuesday morning as most people chose to stay at home on New Year’s Day.
Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

The usually busy Truong Chinh Street in Hanoi is desolate at 7 a.m. as most businesses are shut on the first day of the Year of the Tiger.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

The national flag flies outside houses in Cong Duc alley in the downtown area, a traditional way of celebrating the New Year and the founding anniversary of the Communist Party, February 3.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

Some people show up at Ta Hien Street near Hoan Kiem Lake to take photos.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

Motorbikes seen on Trang Tien Street with drivers swaddled in layers of clothes in temperatures of 12 degrees Celsius.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

Some people pray for blessings at the But (Brush) Tower near Hoan Kiem Lake.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

In Ho Chi Minh City, the Hanoi Highway linking the city with Bien Hoa is deserted.

This is a key highway connecting the city with the neighboring province of Dong Nai and is usually filled with vehicles.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

A man rides a bicycle on Alexandre De Rhodes Road in District 1.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

Rach Chiec Bridge in Thu Duc City has few vehicles.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

Vo Van Kiet Highway is also deserted.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

Some people take photos outside the HCMC Post, a place that was crowded even a day earlier.

Hanoi, HCMC roads empty as Lunar New Year dawns

Mai flowers bloom on the mostly empty Pham Ngoc Thach Road.

 
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