Sleepless in Hanoi’s largest flower market before Tet

Sleepless in Hanoi’s largest flower market before Tet
Tracy Dinh
Sleepless in Hanoi’s largest flower market before Tet

Three days before Tet, Quang Ba flower market in Hanoi has become busier than ever with merchants and shoppers staying awake through the night.

Normally, the market is open from 3 a.m. to noon, but during Tet, it operates day and night. 

CNN called the market one of the best places in the world to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Flower market, Hanoi.
Flower market, Hanoi. Photo by

Quang Ba is said to sell the best stuff in the city, getting it from well-known flower-growing areas around Hanoi such as Tay Tuu, Dong, Gia Lam, and Phuc Yen.

Vividly colored Dahlia and gladiolus flowers, which symbolize good luck, cost VND500,000-700,000 ($21-29) a bunch, and are among the best-selling items.

Vividly colored Dahlia
Vividly colored Dahlia. Photo by

Shoppers buy wax flowers, a symbol of wealth and longevity, at VND100,000 a bunch.

At around midnight, the market is still crowded with shoppers though the temperature is 16 degrees Celsius.

In addition to familiar items such as peach blossom, rose, lily, and chrysanthemum, there are also imported flowers such as boronia pinata and yellow peach blossom. 

The Year of the Cat begins on Sunday and Vietnamese usually finish decorating their home for Tet by noon on Lunar New Year’s Eve.

Source: Giang Huy

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