Tet blooms in colorful Hanoi

By Giang Huy   January 24, 2017 | 03:32 pm GMT+7

Peach blossoms symbolize strength and vitality; kumquat represent luck and prosperity.

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High temperatures in the North this winter have caused many peach trees to bloom early in Hanoi’s plantations. As a result, less peach trees are likely to bloom on New Year's Day so the prices of these ornamental plants will go up accordingly.

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Small peach trees cost about VND150,000-200,000 ($6.6-8.8), while the larger ones can fetch up to millions.

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The farmer in the picture said that her garden has more than 100 peach trees. From early morning, she has been busy cutting branches to sell.

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Tuan from Cau Giay District in Hanoi said that he managed to pick up a good tree for VND1 million ($44).

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A buyer smiles after finding the perfect peach tree to sit on the altar at home.

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A Tet atmosphere has reached flowery markets in Hanoi.

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Many traders said that kumquat trees are more expensive than last year. The price for a small kumquat tree is VND300,000 ($13) and 800,000 ($35) for a large one.

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Apart from peach and kumquat trees, Hanoians also choose fresh flowers to decorate their homes.

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Shops on Hang Ma Street in the Old Quarter are filled with buyers. A shop owner named Nhan told VnExpress that lucky money envelops with chicken motifs are selling well at the moment.

Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

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