Posted February 24th, 2011, 03:11 AM
This year we arrived in HK 2 days before Chinese New Year started on Feb 3. It didn't appear to make any difference. You wouldn't have known it was happening. The preparations were nothing compared to Saigon.
You're truly right. Saigon becomes fantastic from before Xmas. All the streets at downtown are decorated colorfully. It lasted until the 3rd of January. Two weeks before Lunar New Year there are new decorations set up. And, one week before Lunar New Year the whole city turns to be a flower garden. All kinds of flowers and fruits are brought in for sales. Specifically, the downtown avenues are turned to be Flower Roads with flowers, icons of the Year ( Cat, this year and Dragon next year ) and scenic themes on Agriculture, Happiness, Prosperity.
I came up to the Rooftop bar of Rex hotel on the 1st Tet Lunar New Year's day and looked down and found a terrific view of Nguyen Hue Flower Road. Also, from the 49th floor of the Financial Tower one can enjoy a 360 degree panorama of Saigon at TET.