Authorities in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam unveiled an apricot blossom street shaped like the Vietnamese map on Sunday, just in time for the upcoming Lunar New Year festival, Tet.
The vibrant display offers locals and tourists ample opportunities for photoshoots as Tet is about a week away.
The 155-meter-long S-shaped street, which covers 2,800 square meters of land in the Tay Bac urban area in Rach Gia City, which is the provincial capital, was crammed with revelers on Sunday morning.
Among the notable features of the apricot blossom street in Kien Giang Province are miniature displays that encapsulate the essence of past Tet traditions
|Representatives of the Kien Giang Province administration cut a ribbon to open an apricot blossom street as the 2024 Tet holiday approaches. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
The charming street, titled ‘Vietnamese Tet’s Quintessence,’ was formed by tens of thousands of apricot and peach blossom branches, as well as numerous special miniatures, reflecting the Tet atmosphere of Vietnam’s three regions.
A space of calligraphy, a stall of various folk cakes, an area displaying straw rolls, non la (conical hat), and colorful lanterns help beautify the street.
The addition of a cuisine space, offering a diverse range of local specialties for sale, further enhances the appeal of the street.
Nguyen Xuan Kieu, a resident of Rach Gia, said that the apricot blossom street for the 2024 Lunar New Year was eye-catching and distinctive.
She shared that the decorations and Tet-themed miniatures not only reflect the national cultural identity but also symbolize Vietnam's reunification and prosperity.
"I am delighted and proud to witness the unveiling of the Vietnamese map-shaped apricot blossom street in the city on the occasion of Tet," Kieu said.
“Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the daily lives of residents have returned to normal, and Vietnamese are now welcoming a new and vibrant spring season."
|The 2,800-square-meter apricot blossom street in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam drew crowds of locals and tourists on its opening day, February 4, 2024. Photo: H. Phuc / Tuoi Tre
Pham Thi Nhu Phuong, general director of CIC Group, the primary investor in the street project, mentioned that the street, with a cost of VND3 billion (US$123,250), is designed to be a popular destination for photoshoots and selfies during the most significant national holiday.
Apart from creating a festive atmosphere during Tet, the street is aimed at affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while introducing the national cultural identity to foreign tourists, Phuong underlined.