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Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet

Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


After two weeks of preparations, Nguyen Hue Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City has returned with a brand new look. Flowers and statues now line the street ready for Tet, a tradition the city has been following for the past 15 years to celebrate the country's biggest festival.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


The flowery bonanza stretches 720 meters (787 yards) along the city's first pedestrian street.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


It will officially open at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


To mark the Year of the Dog, canine statues like this dog family have been installed to welcome visitors.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


Statues of dogs inspired by the Phu Quoc Ridgeback, a rare breed native to the namesake southern island, are a highlight of this year’s show.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


A typical Vietnamese countryside scene has also been recreated.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


Workers wearing non la, or conical hats, are putting the finishing touches to the displays.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


"This is the 10th time I’ve helped the team to build the flower street. I have a feeling that what we've done this year is more beautiful than in previous years,” said Nguyen Thi Bich, 55.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


This year's flower street features an advanced lighting system for the first time.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


"What I love about this year’s flower street is the different styles in each area,” said Hanh, wearing a traditional ao dai for a photo shoot.


Saigon flower street all set to blossom for Tet


The flower street will be open until 10 p.m. on February 2.