|The entrance to the Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street. — VNA/VNS Photo Mỹ Phương|
HCM CITY — Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street, HCM City's most popular destination, has attracted more than 1.2 million visitors during the Spring festival.
This year marks its 20th anniversary, and has the theme ‘Xuân An Vui – Xuân Thịnh Vượng’ (Spring of Happiness – Spring of Prosperity).
The street has giant replicas of a cat and her kittens surrounded by a patch of colourful flowers at the entrance.
Also impressive is a 40-metre-long bridge for people to get a panoramic view of the flowers.
The street features around 80 kinds of flowers, including chrysanthemums, roses, orchids, azaleas, and lotuses besides cacti.
It is hailed as environmentally friendly for its use of reusable materials such as metal, rattan, bamboo, brick, and fabric.
|Visitors go up the 40-metre-long bridge on Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street for a panoramic of the flowers below. — VNS Photo Phương Mai|
Elsewhere, at Tao Đàn Park on Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street also in District 1, the annual Spring Flower Festival attracted more than 600,000 visitors during Tết (Lunar New Year) festival between January 19 and 26.
On display were more than 2,500 indigenous and foreign flowers, ornamental fishes, and bonsai plants and trees put up by florists and artisans from HCM City and Hà Nội, and Bình Dương, Bến Tre and Tiền Giang provinces.
There were miniature sunflower gardens, mai (ochna) gardens, and rice paddies for visitors to take photos. The festival was held from January 16 to 27. — VNS