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Tet flower market goes up in town
Nguyen Quy
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Tet flower market goes up in town

Nguyen Quy

Tourists admire orchids priced at VND180,000 each - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG

A wide range of colorful flowers are available for sale at a large-scale flower market at September 23 Park in District 1, HCMC as the Vietnamese have the tradition of displaying flowers during Tet, the biggest and longest national holiday in Vietnam.

Just a week before Tet, traders begin selling various types of ornamental trees and flowers such as apricot and peach blossom, kumquat, chrysanthemum, lily, sunflower and orchid with prices ranging from VND80,000 (US$3.52) to VND5 million (US$220) each.

The flower market this year was opened on the morning of February 8 and is scheduled to be closed on February 15 (Lunar New Year’s Eve).

Apart from colorful flower pots, customers can browse for numerous items for Tet home decoration such as baskets and vases made from bamboo or ceramics, calligraphy paintings and artificial apricot and peace blossom flowers.

A visitor inspects ornamental and flower plants at a fl ower market at September 23 Park in HCMC’s District 1

Tran Loi, a 46-year-old trader who has more than 25 years’ experience in selling flowers during the Tet season, told the Daily that the business has been in decline in recent years as local consumers are cutting down on spending for Tet in times of hardship.

La Thi Hong Hoa who is living in District 2, says all her family members are involved in trading flowers and ornamental trees during the final days of the lunar year.

“I hope weather would be favorable to prop up the business as there is only around one week until the biggest national holiday,” Hoa added.

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