Imperial city tinted with pink
In the third lunar month every year (around late March and early April), ngo dong, or Chinese parasol trees, are in full bloom throughout the Imperial City of Hue, Thua Thien-Hue Province.
In the 19th century, King Minh Mang (1820-1841) of the Nguyen Dynasty brought parasol seeds from China to plant around Can Chanh Palace and other important spots in the citadel. The king hoped that he would soon have a prince when planting these trees. Vietnamese then believed when a phoenix perched on a parasol tree, a prince would be born.
|Parasol flowers in full bloom overlooks the citadel’s entrance – Photo: Hieu Truong|
This year, visitors can contemplate the pink flowers as this tourist attraction has been opened again after its temporarily closure because of Covid-19.
|The sun shines on a parasol tree.|
|A closer look of Chinese parasol tree, known in Vietnam as ngo dong.|