Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flower Market

Flower market - Quang An

When talking about Hanoi, people think about food, particularly noodle soup, but they forget about the amazing flowers in Hanoi. I've been in love with Quang Ba flower market right since the first time I went there with my friends who lived nearby. This is the wholesale flower market which operates from 12am to 6am the next day. There are hundreds of growers around Hanoi coming here to trade flowers, selling to florists in the city and street sellers, the rest to couples and people like me who love flowers.

Flower market

The best time to visit the market is from 1 am because that's the time the growers bring their flowers by motorbikes and trucks. They display their flowers on the ground and on the back of their motorbikes. The buyers check the flowers by torch and start bargaining. Do you know how much I paid recently for 100 beautiful roses? ONE dollar! Can you believe it? I don't think you do but that's the truth.

Exhibition picture

This market is a popular place for couples, to give each other flowers and propose. This is such a good idea for romantics. My western friends and I usually come here to buy flowers for parties and also sit down at the small shop in the middle of the market, talking and having a drink with the locals who are really friendly. Most of them are men from rural areas around Hanoi who transport flowers from their villages up to Quang Ba for their family business.

8 comments:

floraladdiction said...

thats amazing. i've heard that the flower market in hanoi is great. one day, i shall see it in person. nice post!

Preyanka said...

Anh Tu--cool post and pictures. I love flowers. They are very expensive here. I especially miss lotus flowers:)

Godknows said...

Preya, You will miss Lotus this time again :)
Thanks for all comments

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Yes, I'm totally agree with this because most of time people are thinking on food and they forget other beauties we have as flowers are for me, I like to decorate my house with a lot of flowers because it gets other facade.

singapore florist said...

seriously a dollar for 100 roses, i can't believe it.

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Jun Alday said...

I am going to visit Hanoi for the first time on 20 March for a week. I am looking forward to visit Hanoi's flower market as I love going to flower markets to buy flowers to arrange. You can visit my blog www.wayofdesign.com/blog and you will see other flower markets also. I would like to meet local people who has the same interest whenever I go to a new place. I wonder if I can share a cup of coffee with you.