In photo: The vibrant colors of lotus blossom on Hanoi streets
The end of May is the time when the streets of Hanoi are bustling with street vendors carrying a delicate, pure and magical flower, which is the lotus at the beginning of the season.
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|For Hanoi people, summer is not only the season of red phoenix flowers, purple crape myrtle or golden shower flowers, but also the most brilliant lotus flower season. Photo: TienPhong|
|In the last days of May, on many alleys and street corners of Hanoi, we can easily see street vendors with all kinds of white lotuses, pink lotuses gently blooming. Photo: TienPhong|
|On the streets of Hanoi such as Lac Long Quan, Thuy Khue, Hoang Hoa Tham, Nguyen Chi Thanh, and Phan Dinh Phung, bunches of pink lotuses have begun to appear. Photo: TienPhong|
|The early summer lotus has not yet fully bloomed, still shy, and dew drops remain on the flower. Photo: TienPhong|
|Loads of flower vendors roaming the streets, one of the special thing in Hanoi. Photo: TienPhong|
|In the area of Quang Ba flower market, Tay Ho district, lotus flowers also began to be sold. Photo: TienPhong|
|The image of the lotus flower has long been associated with folk songs, life and people of Vietnam in general, Hanoi people in particular. For every child of the capital, the pure beauty of the lotus flower is one of the indispensable wonderful things when summer comes. Photo: TienPhong|
|The lotus season usually lasts until the beginning of September, but the most beautiful and fragrant flower period is from the end of May to the second half of June. Photo: TienPhong|
|Bach Diep lotus has a darker pink color, has many layers of small petals and a mild fragrance. Photo: TienPhong|
|In addition to pink lotus, white lotus is also very popular. White lotus is native to India, if taken care of well, the plant can grow to nearly 2 meters, the roots crawl horizontally under the water about 3 meters. Photo: TienPhong|
|Referring to Hanoi lotus, people often talk about West Lake lotus. But West Lake lotus flowers often bloom late, so at this time, the street vendors usually import lotus flowers from Tu Liem, Thanh Tri, Thuong Tin area. Photo: TienPhong|
|The lotus flower bud. Photo: TienPhong|
|Lotus has many uses: Lotus petals are used to decorate dishes, while lotus roots can be used to prepare many delicious dishes. Stamens are dried and used to marinate tea. Lotus seeds can be made milk, or dried as raw materials, medicine. Photo: TienPhong|
|For tea marinating, lotus at the beginning of the season is the most quintessential gift that heaven and earth have bestowed on the people of this region. Photo: TienPhong|
|At the beginning of the season, because the lotus has not yet bloomed, the price is quite high, ranging from 50,000 to 80,000 VND (from 2 USD to 3.5 USD) for a bundle of 10 flowers. Photo: TienPhong|
|Bicycles filled with lotus flowers roam the streets attracting crowds of people. Photo: TienPhong|
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