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HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

By Quynh Tran   January 20, 2023 | 03:05 am PT
Thousands of people queued up for two hours to enter the Nguyen Hue flower street, a major attraction during Tet in HCMC, when it opened Thursday night.
HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

People began arriving at 6:30 p.m. and waited outside a barrier, with many wearing face masks to protect against Covid.

However, with the Covid pandemic under control, this year people are free to enter without having to show vaccination proof and or their temperature checked unlike last year.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

Soon after a 20-minute opening ceremony, people start flooding the flower street to take photos.

It will be open until next Thursday, the fifth day of the new year.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

At the entrance to the street is a five-meter replica of a cat sitting upright with her kittens to signify the Year of the Cat.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

People take photos at a tableau featuring the animal replicas of the past 20 years since it first began in 2004.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

A 30-meter-long wooden bridge over a flower bed.

Security guards limit the number of people climbing it at a time.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

Nguyen Ngoc Minh Tu had brought his pet cat to the flower street.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

A little girl sits on her father’s shoulder to catch sight of the flowers. He said: “Despite the crowd, we were happy to show up at the flower street on the opening day."

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

Monks visiting from India film the bustle on the flower street.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

The crowds at 9 p.m.

Police officers, guards and other security personnel will keep watch to ensure safety and keep pickpockets at bay.

HCMC's Nguyen Hue flower street attracts huge crowds

The 600-meter-long flower street seen from above at 10 p.m.

The Year of the Cat begins Sunday, but the seven-day Tet break starts Friday.

 
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