You perhaps often hear of 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter, or just two with rainy and dry. But have you ever heard of somewhere with 12 seasons? Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam is perhaps unique in the world which brings up to 12 seasons – seasons of flowers. Now, let’s discover with us and see by what Hanoians decorate their house in each month of the year.
1. January covers Hanoi with pink of peach blossoms
Hanoi welcomes the year beginning with bright peach blossom and their fragrance. They reach every corner of the bustling city via pedals of vendors. Not initiating the year, the peach blossoms also remind the locals the wings of spring, and also an important festival of the year: Lunar New Year.
2. Hanoi gets purple with mountain-ebony flower in February
Despite originating from mountainous northern area, Ban flowers (or Bauhinia Variegata flowers) has recently become popular on the land of the capital city of Vietnam. The image of Ban trees lines flowering in purple during February besides Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or along small streets of Hanoi has attracted many visitors for photos taking.
3. March reaches Hanoi with millions of tiny flowers of dalbergia tonkinensis
When walking along the streets of Hanoi in March and raising your eyes to the sky, you will realize that the trees are carpeted with white flowers of dalbergia tonkinensis so suddenly that we are not aware of. They appears to look like soft and white cotton clouds covering our sky, staying together with vivid green colors of many kind of tender leaves, forming a wonderful picture for us to enjoy.
4. Hanoi welcomes April with beautiful lilies
April arrives in Hanoi together with time for harvesting beautiful lilies. It is not only the kinds of brilliant and fragrant flowers like many others, but its simply white color is also enough to create a pure beauty. Visiting Hanoi these days, one easily catch the image of bicycles bringing full of white lilies reaching every small corner of the city.
5. May stays in Hanoi with purple lagerstroemia and red flamboyant flowers
May is perhaps the most unforgettable month of each student. And its flowers of lagerstroemia and flamboyant remind us of a season of exams and farewell. In an early morning of May, we will suddenly see lagerstroemia flowers bloom brightly in the streets we go every day. And then ,when such flowers . have faded, flamboyant flowers are vibrantly spreading their red color in the sunshine. Hanoi sky changes their color simply in these ways.
Hanoi in June with striking Lotus flowers
When you see June spreads its wings in Hanoi, it’s time you see its symbol – Lotus flowers. For Vietnamese, this kind of flower has long been become the symbol of culture, spirit and elegant personality of Vietnamese. In this time of the year, beauty and fragrance of lotus flowers will follow the vendors to reach every corner of Hanoi.
July is time of sunflowers and aragonite flowers
When you see blazing yellow sunflowers following bikes to doors of Hanoians or aragonite flowers whitening the sky and covering the streets, it’s time of July.
Clausena excavata burm flowers bring August to Hanoi
When the soil gets wet by showers – typical of summer in Hanoi, it is time we see image of thousands of thousands of tiny clausena excavata burm flowers blooming. Swaying lightly under the wind of the summer, these white flowers in harmony with the green leaves create a wonderful paint of nature.
September and Hanoi with milk flowers
What comes first to your mind when thinking of a typical flower of a destination in September? For me, it’s milk flowers when it comes to Hanoi. Bundles of lightly yellow flowers with fragrant perfume have entered into songs of Hanoi in a very natural way. With the fast pace of life, people can sometimes forget the date or month, but only an unexpected sweet scent of the milk flowers is enough to remind us about the arrival of another autumn.
October shows its presence in Hanoi with daisies
When October comes together with cool climate of a real autumn, it’s time to see beautiful daisies mesmerizing both locals and tourists. All the streets of Hanoi then are decorated by their diverse colors, from purple, yellow, white to orange, etc.
Hanoi in violet with forget-me-not flowers in November
November is present in Hanoi with presence of soft violet of forget-me-not flowers along its streets. They attract the locals for not only its beauty but also for the meaning behind them: faith in love.
December end the year in Hanoi with yellow mustard flowers
Hanoi has a special flower in the cold winter days: mustard flowers. At beginning of December, mustard flowers carpet the entire corner of gardens with their yellow color. They sway lightly in the wind, on hair and in the hands of beautiful brides.
Which flowers attract you most? For me, each has its own beauty and attractiveness. I wish to be there in every month of the year to see how Hanoi changes itself under colors of flowers.
Tips: Like preparing for a trip to other countries, arranging a Vietnam visa is perhaps the very first task to care for when planning a trip to Vietnam. An important message here is that getting a visa to this country is no longer a difficult task as it can be done in two ways: getting via the embassy and getting a visa on arrival. The latter is often preferred by many travelers, but its disadvantage is that it is for those traveling to Vietnam by air only.