Red cotton trees in full bloom across northern Vietnam

Update: 09:55 | 29/03/2018

The sight of these red flowers signals the end of cold days and the start of summer.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

The trees, called hoagao in Vietnamese, are usually seen standing next to an ornamental roof temple in the middle of paddy fields.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

If you're hoping your north Vietnam experience goes beyond the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and the touristy Ha Long Bay, venture to the countryside in Vietnam’s Red River Delta this time of the year, when red cotton trees are in full bloom.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

Hoa gao's bold red blossoms brighten up the green landscape.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

This spectacular red cotton tree outside Mieu Ba Co in the northern province of Bac Giang is so famous it's been listed on Google Maps.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

In March, the trees leave a shower of flowers resembling a burning torch.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

The sight of these cup-shaped 5-petal flowers signals the start of summer.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

Thay Temple, or Chua Thay in Quoc Oai District, is situated 30km (19 miles) from Hanoi.

Red cotton trees, full bloom, northern Vietnam, red flowers, end of cold days, start of summer

 

 
 

Another famous tree outside the Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi.

Source: VnExpress 




 
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