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.
The flowery bonanza stretches 720 meters (787 yards) along the city's first pedestrian street.
It will officially open at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
To mark the Year of the Dog, canine statues like this dog family have been installed to welcome visitors.
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.
A typical Vietnamese countryside scene has also been recreated.
Workers wearing non la, or conical hats, are putting the finishing touches to the displays.
"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.
This year's flower street features an advanced lighting system for the first time.
"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.
The flower street will be open until 10 p.m. on February 2.