Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hanoi's flower festival

I have just been back from Hanoi's flower festival, which is held from 30th to 3rd. One more day it is over. Unlike last year, this year flowers are guarded much more carefully, as a result, today they still look very beautiful and nobody is allowed to step inside the display area.
Bob and I started off at 10 am. We got there around 10.40. The traffic was heavy, so many people were at the downtown even it was cold, cloudy and little drizzling. We managed to leave my motorbike in a park at the price of 10,000 dongs. No choice.
Flowers and plants were displayed from the crossroad near Trang Tien Plaza until Thang long Puppet Theatre (like last year). We started the journey from Buu dien Ha Noi (Hanoi Post Office). Old people, young people, children, familes and foreigners looked eager and happy. So many different kinds of flowers there. What was new in this year's display was tulips given by Dutch government. And they were displayed in a 'mini garden' in front of the big time-counting billboard. And a model of Long Bien Bridge and a tram, which reminded visitors of old Hanoi. We took some photos but not very nice because of lack of sunlight.
We finished our journey within one hour and on the way back home, we bought Conan stories for Bob and had lunch at KFC.