Travel Photography Photos tagged as tet
On Hoan Kiem Lake. Full of temple visitors for Tet?
Down by the Red River there are lots of market gardens and now, in Tet, they are in full bloom. People wander around them, taking photos or choosing the stems they want. I bought some little chrysathanums (sp) which came with roots and all so they can be transplanted back here at home!
Kumquat trees and peach blossom branches are the Tet equivalent of our Christmas trees. They come in all shapes and sizes and, being Vietnam, mostly transported on the back of motorbikes and bicycles. Tet is crazy: Christmas, New year and birthday all rolled into one frenzy. I have taken lots of kumquat trees but then they are unbelievable! Also, the movement of the trees is unique to Hanoi and apparently nothing quite like this is Saigon.
Hang Ma is one of the 36 streets in the Old Quarter and specialises in paper lanterns and any red/gaudy item for any occasion. At Christmas it had so much tinsel! Now it has reverted back to more traditional paper lanterns, long lines of sequinned fish, strings of plastic onions, chillis, garlic; gold decorations saying "Chuc mung nam moi" Happy New Year.
Vietnamese love, and are so good at, staging big events for special occasions; they especially love singing. In front of the Ly Thai To statue, a large stage had been put up and there were all sorts of "acts" rehearsing - I guess- for Tet celebrations. These children were all decked up and I assume they would be singing but had to move on.
The translation is: Happy Government Happy Spring"
The Vietnamese love colour and flowers and they really do put huge effort into decorating the public spaces to mark special occasions. They are always beautifully maintained - even if the flowers are plastic.
The orchids are stunning! Range of sized pots filled with orchids - some up to $700 but then this is Tet and even to park my bicycle at the flower market yesterday (31st) was going to cost me 20,000 Dong: usually it is either free for a bicycle or about 2,000.
I was out on the motorbike and, just round the corner from us, I saw this pig on the side of the road. Today, 1st February, he isn't there any more. Tet has arrived.
Pavilion in the middle of Hoan Kiem (Lake of the Restored Sword), curtained by drooping leaf stems of willow tree Hanoi, Vietnam. Lunar New Year, February 2008 (TET)