2am, when night is lowering the blind and sleep is still covering all the streets of Hanoi, loads of flowers from everywhere pour to Quang Ba night flower market, Tay Ho.
Noisy and crowded, the florists gather in this central point flower market. Looking from the dyke down to the market, there busy flower stalls in the street lights which is a time dim and bright at other time at the weak light from the flash-lamp by the buyers. Enjoying flower is a habit, and also the culture of Hanoians. Coming to Hanoi that never visit night flower market means that you have missed a very distinctive culture of the land and the people of Trang An (the original Hanoian’s name).
The market is divided into two single market sessions. From 2am to 4am is the time for wholesale florists. The flowers are of mature size and blossom enough are cut, wrapped carefully before being brought to the market for wholesale. After 4am, the market is for wholesale florist peddlers, the visitors or the shop owners. Flowers in the next session has higher price than the previous one. The flowerist peddlers always select very meticulously. The stall holders choose a variety of flowers. Those who come to play at the market normally for enjoying a sense of fun to watch the petals which are still trembling in the morning dew, and till then choose for them the most beautiful bouquet. In the market, flowers are everywhere, in the simple buckets, on the old motorcycle seat or on bamboo stalls. Rose with soft and fragrant petals, shaking in the morning dew, forget-me-not petals fluttering, countless flowers flying scent all over the market area.
Each season, the market is brightened with different flower colors. New Year’s night-time is the busiest occasion of the flower market, where is filled with peach branches, gladiolus, Dahlia and violet. Summer is deep in scent of lotus or white color of lilies. Autumn is bright with yellow daisy, heather-bell, forget-me-not and winter are rose or carnation. In all four those flower seasons, roses never lack, Night flower market has the presence of the most famous flower planting locations such as Tay Tuu, Tu Liem, Me Linh and distant places like Da lat and or even China, the Netherlands … In addition to the flowers have long been in the market such as daisies, roses, heath, gerbera, the market now has more flower kinds such as lilies, iris, delphiniums flower, tulip … In the market, people do not just sell flowers, but also accessories such as flower baskets, porous plug, ribbon, floral wrap, wire comes with a variety of leaf help flower arrangement easy.
At dawn, selection of flowers is completed; the florists carry them to all over the streets. The bike loaded with flowers pouring into the morning road, past the old men doing morning exercise by the windy West Lake, passing the breakfast mini stall to prepare their business … The city wakes up in the surprise at the beauty of flowers.
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