Embark on a journey through the northern provinces of Son La, Yen Bai, and Ha Giang, where the mountains burst into a vibrant tapestry of Himalayan cherry and plum blossoms, heralding the arrival of spring.
Yen Bai Province, a mere 163 kilometers from Hanoi, currently wears a floral cloak of elegant flowers (Himalayan cherry blossoms). These blossoms cascade across terrace fields, hillsides, and the scenic roads of Mu Cang Chai District, creating a picturesque landscape. The prime time to witness this natural spectacle is from late December to early February, coinciding with the chilly days of their bloom. Celebrated within the Hmong community, to day flowers symbolize the commencement of a fortunate new season.
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The Himalayan cherry blossoms, known as sour cherries, thrive in areas above 1,000 meters, revealing their unparalleled beauty in colder weather.
In Son La Province, 301 kilometers from Hanoi, Muong La District boasts the flourishing tao meo (docynia indica) trees. As February draws to a close, the tao meo tree blossoms, also known as son tra flowers, burst into a riot of vibrant colors. Muong La, along the route to Ta Chi Nhu Peak, Vietnam's 7th highest peak and home to a substantial Hmong population, offers a delightful climate for visitors.
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The son tra flower showcases five petals and a yellow pistil in full bloom, distinguished by its milky white hue, setting it apart from pure white counterparts like plum or apricot blossoms.
Moc Chau District, also in Son La, emerges as a sought-after destination in the north for Lunar New Year celebrations, renowned for its blossoming landscapes. Moc Chau showcases white plum and apricot flowers that bloom multiple times throughout spring, providing visitors arriving at the start of the year with numerous opportunities to witness the full bloom.
White plum blossoms adorn branches and twigs simultaneously, with each flowering season lasting 2-3 weeks. Key locations in Moc Chau, such as Phieng Canh Village, Van Ho Commune, Tan Lap Commune, Na Ka Valley, the road to Pha Luong Peak, and Ang Village, showcase the enchanting plum blossoms.
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Ha Giang Province, situated approximately 292 kilometers from Hanoi, reaches its zenith in peach blossom blooms during February. Alongside these captivating peach blossoms, various tourist spots in Ha Giang feature fields adorned with white and yellow mustard flowers. Van Tam, a local guide, notes that while the blooming times of peach blossoms may vary yearly, February consistently stands out as the most beautiful period.
Peach blossoms in Ha Giang reveal five delicate petals, distinguishing them from the Himalayan cherry blossoms in Yen Bai Province. Their petite size, light pink color, and simple yet intricate beauty grace popular spots in Ha Giang, lining roads and adorning the fences of local homes. Immerse yourself in the enchanting symphony of blossoms on this captivating spring tour of northern Vietnam.
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