Since 2002, Nguyen Hue flower street has become a Tet landmark in Ho Chi Minh City that brings hope for a brighter new year. This year, on January 29, the 720-meter flower street officially opened to the public after weeks of preparation. This year's theme is "Xuan Que Huong, Am Tinh Nhan Ai," which translates to "Homeland Spring, Full of Love."
During the opening ceremony, Duong Anh Duc, vice chairman of the HCMC People's Committee, said the flower street marked an unforgettable period of the city that is steadily recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. And the purpose of this exhibition is to honor and recognize the front liners who continue to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The displays this year used many environment-friendly and reusable materials such as metal, foam, rattan, bamboo, bricks, nets, and knitting ropes. It also includes more or less 80 varieties of flowers and close to 97,000 pots and flower baskets of all kinds.
The highlight of the flower street is at the corner of Nguyen Hue and Ton Duc Thang — a giant tiger statue made of gravel with a height of 3.5 meters, a width of 8 meters, and weighing nearly 2 tons.
Vietcetera visited the Nguyen Hue flower street the day after it opened to the public, and as expected, the spirit of Tet is overwhelming. If you're worried about the health protocols, security staff are everywhere, and each person must register through the PC-COVID app with their information upon entering the vicinity.
To ensure health safety, hand sanitizer dispensers were installed in several points within the area. Police officers also encourage the crowd to wear masks all the time and to immediately put them back on after taking photos.
Books, paintings, photographs and publications focused on the city’s fight against COVID-19 are also displayed. The flower street is open until February 4.