West Lake’s famed peach blossoms on the move

Getting ready: Loi brings the Tet vibe to the Central Highlands.(Photo tienphong.com.vn) Lam Dong (VNA) – Nhat Tan peach blossoms, once the pride of Hanoi’sWest Lake, are now blooming vigorously in Lam Ha district in the CentralHighlands province of Lam Dong where hundreds of people moved from thecapital. This gives the high-priced blossoms a doublecompetitive advantage. Not only are they considered the best, but the cool hillweather keeps the buds from opening too soon. Among the lovely farms in Lam Ha district is theflower garden of Chu Van Loi in Nam Ban Town. Covering an area of 3,500sq.m.,500 peach-blossom trees are budding up for Tet (Vietnamese New Year)holiday.An authentic Nhat Tan peach blossom has specialcharacteristics, including a round canopy with dense buds and densely scatteredblooms.“They will keep blooming until about January 25on the lunar calendar (March 12),” Loi said. Every day now, his garden welcomes visitorsadmiring and buying the flowers. Although most of the trees have been orderedby a trader in Da Lat city, Loi still receives many offers.“I sell a tree at a fixed price of 200,000 VND(8.8 USD ) no matter how big it is. For those big and beautiful trees,retailers can earn 600,000 to 700,000 VND (26 USD to 31 USD) each,” he added.Loi leases his most magnificent trees for up to15 million VND (660 USD). For example, an ancient indigenous peach blossom treefrom Lam Dong province has been grafted with Nhat Tan buds andpainstakingly shaped. It is hired each year by a local bank.Taking care of peach blossom trees after theyhave been sold… [Read full story]


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