SELFIE OBSESSION SHUTS TRACKSIDE CAFES
the kind of shot every Instagram connoisseur yearns for: century-old railway tracks cutting through dusty backstreets, flanked by tourists mere inches from the slow-moving trains. The sight has become such a draw in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi that authorities have set a weekend deadline for the removal of dozens of cafes that have cropped up, citing safety concerns. Built in 1902 under French colonial rulers, the railway ferries passengers and cargo both. In recent months, tourists have gathered along the tracks to snap selfies with passing trains or lounge at trackside cafes. Last Sunday, a train had to make an emergency stop to avoid hitting tourists. Now, the city governing body has ordered the cafes removed to ‘ensure safety’.