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Tet is in the air in Hanoi, a month early

By Ngoc Thanh   December 14, 2016 | 05:03 pm GMT+7

Hanoians are enjoying peach blossoms much earlier than in previous years thanks to a warm winter.

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Peach blossoms for sale at a flower market in Tay Ho District, Hanoi. 

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The flowers are a popular house decoration for Tet, the Lunar New Year holiday which starts on January 28, and these puffy pink blossoms normally show up on the streets in mid-January.

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Lien (R), a peach tree farmer, shows off her trees to a customer.

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A woman packs a blossoming tree from her garden for a buyer.

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A perfect peach blossom. Farmers said they usually start plucking leaves a month and a half before Tet so the nutrition taken into the trees is focused on forming buds, but some trees have gone against the plan due to the warm weather.

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The early flowers have been selling well, with prices starting from just several bucks.

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A whole tree costs VND500,000 ($22).

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But this woman only had to pay VND70,000, or around $3, for this beautiful branch.

Photos by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

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