Hanoi to host tulip festival
Festival to display Dutch tulips and other features of the Netherlands from December 28 to January 1.
A part of Keukenhof which will be recreated at Spring Park in Ecopark in Hanoi. Photo: Ecopark
Thousands of beautiful tulips from the Netherlands will burst with color at the EcoPark urban township on the outskirts of Hanoi from December 28 to January 1.
The tulip festival is part of celebrations for the 45th anniversary of relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands.
With some 180,000 tulips planted on an area of more than 1,500 sq m at Spring Park at EcoPark, a large carpet of colors ranging from yellow, white, pink, red, and purple to orange will recreate the famous Keukenhof park in the Netherlands, which is known as the most beautiful flower display in the world.
Tulip varieties include Christmas Dream, Strong Gold, Verandi, White Prince, Negrita Zeeland, and Tom Pouce. All have been imported directly from the Netherlands and first planted in Sapa, where the climate and environment are similar to Europe, to ensure growth. After being cared for by agricultural experts, the flowers are ready for the colorful festival.
Along with tulips, the festival also features other special characteristics of the Netherlands, with activities such an exhibition space displaying wooden clogs, a symbol of the country, art masterpieces from legendary Dutch painters like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Johannes Vemeer, and Piet Mondrian, photo opportunities with Dutch women in traditional costumes, a six-meter-high model of a windmill, replicas of houses along canals in Amsterdam, and music shows, street arts, and Dutch folk games.
The festival is open from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are VND120,000 ($5) for adults, VND100,000 ($4.3) for children under 1.3 meter, and free for children under 1 meter.