A leisurely amble though Hà Nội's Old Town is particularly popular with visitors from Mainland China Some rickshaws do ply streets individually The last page had photographs of people pushing, pulling and carrying loads. This page is about people being moved by people (and a buffalo). The moving is done by tricycle rickshaw - there are no rickshaws pulled by runners in Vietnam. And even in Kolkata rickshaws pulled by people were banned over a decade ago. Most of the cycle rickshaws you see in the old quarter of Hà Nội are organised by large hotels and used mostly by visitors from China. Going slowly through the traffic fumes of Hà Nội's packed streets is not a pleasure many people crave. Mostly the throngs of traffic give cycle rickshaws room Not transport for poorer people - note the Mastercard sign Older rickshaws with older drivers blend into the traffic Whereas hotel rickshaws may have younger drivers A good use of the cycle rickshaw is to corral children, and here, too,
the driver looks more engaged
This (rather fuzzy) photograph of a rickshaw caught the rare image of a vietnamese mother and child
And this one has a couple of happy western women who have noticed me taking their photograph
Rickshaws are standard two seaters - some clients are larger
The less common male equivalent of the conical hat
Part of a line of cycle rickshaws from one of the big hotels - patrons are commonly Chinese
A chance to doze for passengers...
Company rickshaws wait near Hoàn Kiếm Lake
...and a comfortable seat for drivers between fares
This group of cycle rickshaws spend their days around the Old Town of Hà Nội. But not many people notice the humour shown by their owner who has given each rickshaw a unique name
- the base name is 'Culture Tours'
A less common sight is a lone rickshaw, an older model...
...and here a modern one
A lone cycle rickshaw in a quiet street...
...whereas this man is competing with motor traffic
The day of any rickshaw is passing, cycling through Hà Nội's traffic is not a good idea. But in Vietnam it will probably be sometime before animals are saved from conveying people through the urban smog that now too often settles on the city
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