Thứ Tư, 4 tháng 12, 2013

Hanoi Flower Seasons

If you want to explore the distinction of 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter in Vietnam, let’s take a trip to Hanoi and feel it. Each season, Hanoi has its own specificites, special foods and flowers.

 The sua trees are blossoming on the streets of Hanoi

 Hoa Sua, also known as Dalbergia bouruana gagu flowers, have become an integral part of Hanoiains.At this time of March the city is adorned with white blossoms, even though drizzles continue with no signs of stopping

The lily with its elegant white beauty is called the flower of April which blossoms once a year
Those who visit Hanoi in April cannot resist the beautiful white color and gentle fragrance of lilies which are carried on the back-seat of street-vendors to every corner of the capital.

Lotus in West Lake is one of the most famous flower of Hanoi. Lotus season is on June
Every year, from May to July according to the lunar calendar, the ponds near the West Lake are covered with the pink of lotus blossoms, which have become a favourite rendezvous of young people in Hanoi and the endless inspiration for artists to create art. During this time of the year, the fragrance of lotus flowers follow vendors to every corner of the streets and its alluring perfume seems to mingle into the air and reminds Hanoians of the past. It is hard to find another flower with a fragrance that is more attracting than that of lotus.
Hanoi also has many precious lotus varieties, especially those from the West Lake area.
Some parts of lotus flowers are used as medicine or to scent tea, making it a tonic drink for a healthy physical and mental life. Visiting the West Lake area during the lotus season, people have a chance to not only enjoy the pure beauty of lotus flowers - the symbol of culture, spirit and elegant personality of the Vietnamese, but also to buy lotus scented tea, a famous specialty of Hanoi.

 Quynh Flower - This unique flower only bloom at 10pm and last to 7am

Milk flowers are traditional symbol of Hanoi’s autumn

Milk flowers are traditional symbol of Hanoi’s autumn. There're many songs and that mention  their charming   fragrance.Walking along Hanoi’s streets and besides its lakes, you breath in the beautifully sweet fragrance of Hoa Sua, or Milk Flowers. The streets where milk flower abound such as Phan Dinh Phung and Hoang Hoa Tham, and the National University’s campus don beautiful cloaks of white when the season of milk flowers returns.

The fragrant “milk flower” has been the symbol of autumn in Hanoi for generations. Blossoming when fall arrives, it delights everyone who loves the city. Ms Thanh, a Hanoi resident says:“I love Hanoi with all its memories of my childhood and family. I still remember my school days and poems about the flowers blossoming in Hanoi’s streets.”
 Milk flower trees line the streets, perfuming the night air and creating an area of romance for young couples out on a date. Hanoians say when the  milk flowers are in bloom, it’s the best time to visit the capital city.

 Narcissus  for Tet in Hanoi
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When spring comes, in addition to pink peaches and yellow apricots, charming narcissus add more color to the spring picture and excite the Tet atmosphere. The elegance, nobility and light fragrance of narcissus inspire a lot of flower connoisseurs.

Flowers are considered messages of the soul and the symbol of beauty. It’s a meticulous job to care for the narcissus, but it’s a tradition for Hanoians. Displaying this elegant flowers during Tet, people wish to recall the past and preserve a beautiful cultural tradition.

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