A field of potted mums has become a new attraction in Hanoi, drawing the attention of young people to come for photography ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which falls early next month.
The mum is a flowering plant native to Asia and northeastern Europe.
The brightly yellow flower is particularly popular in southern Vietnam as it is believed to bring luck and prosperity.
But for people in the north, where peach blossoms are the symbol of the Lunar New Year, or Tet, the pot mum is something new and intriguing.
This explains why a field of more than 1,000 pots of chrysanthemums in Long Bien District has attracted a number of visitors in the capital over the last few days.
The venue owners told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper they had transported all the flowers from the southern province of Dong Thap, a hub of Tet flowers in the Mekong Delta, to the capital by road.
“We had to race against the clock to have the flowers arrive just in time so people can enjoy them before Tet,” they said.
|Young women pose for a photo with pot mums in Hanoi. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre|
The space all surrounded by the yellow flowers flourishing in the cool weather of Hanoi offers a beautiful background for selfie enthusiasts.
Women, young and old, took turns to pose with baskets of the exquisite flowers while donning ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional long gown).
Vu Thi Chau, a resident in Quoc Oai District who usually spends time taking photos of herself in local places of interest in anticipation of the Lunar New Year, told Tuoi Tre that she knew how her Tet photo album this year would be themed immediately after learning of the chrysanthemum field in Long Bien.
“Last Tet I took photos with cherry blossoms, and now here I am among these pot mums for this year’s photos,” Chau said.
Likewise, Trinh Thi Oanh, a resident from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, came to the Long Bien chrysanthemum field together with her family early in the morning to ensure they would have great photos with the southern flowers.
“This is not only a photo op but my children can play and have new experiences here,” she said.
|Little girls pose for a photo with potted chrysanthemums in Hanoi. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre|
|A couple poses for a photo with potted chrysanthemums in Hanoi. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre|
|Chrysanthemum morifolium baskets are seen at a flower garden in Long Bien District, Hanoi. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre|