Imported Christmas trees prove popular among buyers in Hanoi
Pine trees imported from foreign markets are much sought after by Vietnamese customers in the buildup to Christmas, despite their high prices, with each item usually costing tens of millions of VND.
|Fresh pine trees, imported from the Netherlands, the United States, and Denmark cost around several to tens of millions of VND, depending on their height.|
|Many shoppers are keen to get hold of the items they want and are therefore willing to spend big on fresh pine trees imported from the US during the holiday season. (Photo: Vietnamnet)|
|Customers can also purchase fresh pine tree branches to help make their Christmas more festive. (Photo: Vietnamnet)|
|The majority of customers are required to make payments in advance so that local shops can confirm the number of orders ahead of importing the products. (Photo:Tuoitre)|
|With Christmas just a few days away, imported pine trees are set to prove difficult to buy due to it taking a long time for them to be transported to the nation from foreign countries. (Photo:Tuoitre)|
|According to a shop owner in Ho Chi Minh City, she has been able to sell approxiamtely 200 fresh pine trees this year. (Photo:Tuoitre)|
|Many shops have also crafted flower boxes, laurel wreaths, candle holders, and flower strips made from fresh pine boughs, leaves, dried flowers, and fruits, along other ornaments.|
|These products typically sell for between VND1.5 million and VND3 million, equivalent to between US$64 and US$129, each.|
|Christmas trees made from fresh pine boughs go on sale at VND2.5 million to VND10 million, equal to US$108 to US$432.|
|Revenue from selling imported fresh pine trees reaches billions of VND.|
The 15-meter-high Christmas tree at the St. Joseph's Cathedral is considered the biggest pine tree in Hanoi.
This year’s buildup to Christmas is seeing Vietnamese people tighten their belts and spend less on gifts, as many are struggling financially due to their incomes being hard hit by the COVID-19 impact.