Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

Orchid trees are native to northern Vietnam, India and south-eastern China. A stylized orchid tree appears on the flag of Hong Kong.

Blossoming between middle February and early March, the white, red, and violet of Ban flowers lighten up Bac Son Street (near Ba Dinh Square), capturing the hearts of all passengers.

Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

Every Hanoian knows that winter has truly ended when the Bauhinia variegata, most commonly called Ban Flower (Orchid tree flower), that line the city streets suddenly spring to life. (Photo: kenh14)

Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

The white and purple Ban flower, scientifically known as Bauhinia Variegata, is typical to the northern mountainous region of Vietnam and often in blossom in spring.

Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

Local people can easily find the flowering trees on Bac Son and Hoang Dieu Streets.

Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

Many young people take photographs among the bright flowers to keep pretty pictures of the spring blossoms.

Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

Some nearby destinations are also wonderful places to watch Ban flowers such as Lenin Monument, Thanh Nien Street, and Nguyen Du Street.

Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

Beautiful orchid tree blossoms prettify Hanoi streets

In the Thai’s concept, ban flower symbolizes not only love but also piousness, thankfulness.

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