A short road with rows of crape myrtles trees in Hanoi has been attracting a number of young Instagram lovers as the pink flowers were in full bloom at the beginning of this month.
The 200-meter road inside a flower garden in Thanh Tri District, located around ten kilometers from the heart of the Vietnamese capital, is lined up with more than 100 crape myrtle trees and has become an Instagrammable sensation among local people.
The mesmerizing sight further impresses visitors with beautiful pink and red blooming flowers against a dark green background of leaves.
Crape myrtle, scientifically known as lagerstroemia, is a multi-stemmed tree with wide spreading, rounded, and flat-topped habit native to the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, and Japan.
During these hot summer days in Hanoi, on entering the ‘crape myrtle kingdom’, visitors get not only a much-needed cool shade against the scorching sun but also a unique experience in the Instagrammable scenery.
Most crape myrtle trees in the garden are from 13 to 15 years old, and only slightly taller than an average person, making the location a perfect scene for taking photos.
“Crape myrtles grown in northern Vietnam in general and in Hanoi in particular are interesting in that their different development processes can be clearly seen throughout the seasons,” Dao Manh Hung, owner of the garden, said.
In the winter one can see the crape myrtle trees let go of all flowers and leaves, leaving only seemingly dry and harsh branches, but in the spring these plants quickly come back to life with new leaves.
In the summer the flowers start blooming, making the place more lively and colorful, while in the autumn the yellow and red leaves cover the ground of the garden, giving it a very different look.
Trinh Thi Huyen, a visitor from Gia Lam District in Hanoi, came to the venue with her friends as early as 7:30 am.
“We wanted to catch the first sun rays of the day, which would make our photos much more beautiful,” she said.
Here are some of the photos taken at the garden by Tuoi Tre's Nguyen Hien.