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Nguyễn Huệ Street opens for Tết

Update: February, 14/2018 - 09:00
At the end of the street is a waterfall of different kinds of flowers, carrying wishes for a peaceful and wealthy 2018. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
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HCM CITY — Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street, a popular attraction during Tết (Lunar New Year), opened on February 13 night (December 28 of the lunar calendar) on Nguyễn Huệ Pedestrian Street in District 1, HCM City.

The opening ceremony saw the attendance of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân, former President Trương Tấn Sang, Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình, and HCM City’s Party Committee Secretary Nguyễn Thiện Nhân and Chairman Nguyễn Thành Phong. 

Speaking at the ceremony, vice chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyễn Thị Thu, said: "After 15 years, Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street is now a familiar cultural and spiritual event for the city’s residents and local and foreign tourists during Tết."

"Themed Khát Vọng Vươn Cao (Aspiration for A Better Future), the flower street shows the city’s desire for happiness for its people, and for the city to be civilised and modern," she said. 

On behalf of the city’s leaders, Thu said she hoped the residents and the country’s leaders would have happiness and success. 

Models of wooden dogs. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
Doors decorated with Vietnamese women in áo dài and flowers. — VNS Photo Phương Mai.
Models of dogs made of colourful plastic pieces. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
A huge model of dog made of flowers. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
Dogs made of various materials can be seen along the flower street. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
A flower corridor features many kinds of flowers. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
A family dressed in áo dài visits and takes photos on Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
Traditional Tết items include bánh chưng (square glutinous cake) and bánh tét (cylindrical glutinous cake). — VNS Photo Phương Mai
To celebrate the Year of the Dog, the entrance of the Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street is decorated with 2-metre statues of dogs modeled after the Phú Quốc dog. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
Statues of dogs and puppies with bobbing heads at the entrance of the Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
To celebrate the Year of the Dog, the entrance of the Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street is decorated with 2-metre statues of dogs modeled after the Phú Quốc dog. — VNS Photo Phương Mai

The 720-metre flower street has three sections: Mùa Xuân Thành Phố (Spring in HCM City), Hội Nhập và Phát Triển (Integration and Development), and Vươn Tới Tương Lai (Reaching to a Bright Future).

Its entrance is decorated with 2-metre dog statues modelled after the Phú Quốc dog, as well as statues of puppies with bobbing heads to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

A flower corridor, a flower waterfall, and a net with fish are also set up along the street.

More than 100 kinds of flowers, including chrysanthemums, roses, orchids, azalea, lotuses and cacti, are used in arrangements on the street.

The Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street will be open to the public until February 19, or the fourth day of the Lunar New Year. — VNS

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