HCMC’s unique floating flower market opens

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Every year as the country nears Tet Nguyen Dan (the biggest Vietnamese traditional festival), Binh Dong Wharf in HCMC’s district 8 is busy with a large number of boats filled with ornamental trees and flowers from Mekong Delta provinces to the southern hub.

Boats carrying flowers run along Kenh Te canal and dock at Binh Dong pier.  (Photo: Sggp)

Boats carrying flowers run along Kenh Te canal and dock at Binh Dong pier. (Photo: Sggp)

Diffrent from previous years when the floating flower market started on the 20th day of the last lunar month, this year the market kicked off on the 25th day.
People usually buy flowers to decorate their home starting on the 28th-29th day. Therefore we arrive in the city a few days later to save some money on land lease, and offer a good price to customers, said grower Bui Hien, an owner of a boat of yellow apricots and kumquat trees.
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 1
                     Boats with yellow apricot trees gather at Binh Dong wharf.
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 2
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 3
                  People carry flowers from boats to the mainland for sale.

 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 4
                                     The man  Watering yellow apricot trees
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 5
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 6
                                                        Yellow daisy
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 7
     Kumquat is a symbol of happiness, longevity, luck, and health in New Year.
  Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 8
                                                          Yellow apricot
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 9
              Customers are choosing yellow apricot in the flower market.
 Chợ hoa xuân trên bến dưới thuyền… ảnh 10
              Carrying flowers home

By DUNG PHUONG - Translated by Kim Khanh

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