With Hanoi people, Quang Ba is not only the wholesale market of flower in the local regions, it is also famous for owning a unique culture and unfamiliar values to visitors.
For a long time, Quang Ba night flower market is formed as a wholesale market, where centralized purchasing fresh flowers of nearby regions around Hanoi. The Flower Market open daily all year round but it is almost crowded every day. The Flower Market usually begins around 2am, but the florist have transferred the flowers to the market from 11 pm previous night. The flower in Quang Ba market is considered as the most beautiful and freshest flower in Hanoi.
The beauty of the night flower market on Nghi Tam Street is much more than the colors of flowers. When it was still dark, there are full florists with the bikes full kinds of flowers… such as roses, carnations, gerberas, chrysanthemum… at some corners in the market, you may catch some images of the people who come to buy flowers and transfer it to Hanoi center, the flower from vendors in the old quarter mostly come from this market. Sometimes, you even catch a few couples purchase flowers to show their love to the other, or foreigner visitors who are curious to see the scenery of purchasing and selling flowers.
Each year, on the occasion of Tet Nguyen Dan, Quang Ba flower market is more crowded than normal day. In addition to the large and small shop owners in the city, there are the new guests who want to see the atmosphere in the days of Tet as well as purchase flowers to decorate the rooms and offering to the ancestor. On the 28th to 29th December of Lunar Year, despite the cold weather, Quang Ba flower market is still bustling. The buyers have to get up from 3-4h in the morning to pick the most beautiful flowers in the market. On the flowers are still left the drops of dew. Each flower will be sold in separate area. No hustle as the markets we often see, Quang Ba night flower market seems to be gentle, elegant as the main product of the market.
The market is divided into two sessions clearly. From 2 am to 4 am is the time for farmers to sell thir colorful flowers. This time, the sale is almost in the form of wholesale, people buy flowers from farmers to sell it later. Therefore, the price is pretty cheap. From 4 am to until the morning is the second session and the price is more expensive when the traders took over again.
When the dawn arises, the colorful flowers start to pervade to the streets of Hanoi, beautify many shops, houses, offices… It is the time Quang Ba flower market ended the session, to prepare for the colorful and bustling market at 2 am of a new day.
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