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Jan 08, 2024 / 17:25

Hanoi's kumquat hub ready for Tet holiday

Hanoi's traditional ornamental plant villages are busy harvesting ahead of the Lunar New Year, the most important festival of the year for Vietnamese.

Located on the shore of West Lake, Tu Lien Ward of Tay Ho District is famous for kumquat farming. The old village in the heart of the city provides bonsai for the capital, and its orchards lure tourists every spring.

As the Lunar New Year approaches, the village becomes more bustling than ever as farmers harvest kumquat after a year of tending.

 Many people in Hanoi are so fond of kumquat bonsai for home decoration each Tet. Photos: Ngoc Tu/The Hanoi Times 
 About 400 farming households in Tu Lien Ward grow kumquat on 80% of their 20 hectares of farmland.

The kumquat gardens on the shores of West Lake are a hive of activity.

The kumquat trees are laden with golden fruit, ready to be harvested.
The plant produces hundreds of small, dark yellow berries.
 The most beautiful kumquat plants in the garden are delivered to customers who order in advance.
This year's bonsai grows good thanks to favorable weather.
A mild winter with plenty of daily sunshine has improved the kumquat's appearance and made it bear more fruit, facilitating its sale.
 Tu Lien' kumquat has long been recognized as an OCOP (One Community, One Product) item. The prices of a kumquat plant range from VND500,000 (US$20) to VND7 million ($286), depending on their size and shape.