Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

In May when the sound of cicadas signals the advent of summer, giant purple crape-myrtle flowers (known as bang lang) bloom in many streets of Hanoi.

Despite blooming for a short time, the bright purple of this kind of flower brings a poetic beauty to the capital in the early summer days.

Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

Known as a typical flower in the South Asia tropical region, giant crape-myrtle trees were planted to make urban landscapes more beautiful and create shade.

Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

Giant crape-myrtle flowers are blooming after a night of rain.

 Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

Hanoi’s summer is welcomed by the bright purple tones of giant crape-myrtle flowers.

Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers 

Crape-myrtle flowers often grow into clusters with a length of 20-30cm. Each flower has six thin and light petals.

 Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

Crape-myrtle flowers have different colours, including purple, pink and pale white. However, purple crape-myrtle flowers are most familiar to Hanoians.

 Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

Only a few days after blooming, the colours of crape-myrtle flowers will fade and then finally they fall from their branches.

 Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

The purple flowers flaunt their exquisite beauty, evoking the emotions and memories of people.

 Hanoi streets bright with purple crape-myrtle flowers

The flowers with colours symbolising faithfulness have become an indispensable part in the life of capital residents.

 

Nhan Dan

 
 

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