Why does the ancient capital of Hue attract so many tourists in the lotus season?
The beauty of Hue not only lies in the mausoleums and temples, but also in the fragrant lotus ponds. When visiting this ancient capital in April, you will be surprised with the natural picture embellished by the gorgeous lotuses there.
Lotus - the symbol of Hue
When coming to Hue, you can not only enjoy the poetic natural scenery, visit famous tourist attractions such as mausoleums and ancient pagodas, enjoy local specialties and admire the charming beauty of the Huong River, but also find peace of mind when standing in front of fragrant lotus ponds.
The fragrant lotus pond in Hue. Photo: Truong Bui
Lotuses often bloom in April. Photo: fantasea
The lotus often blooms in April in the ponds and lakes in the area of Hue Citadel and the outskirts of the city. At this time, you can see each lotus flower “gently” blooming under the wind and sunshine of the ancient capital. During the lotus season, the locals also buy this flower to display in their home, while the Hue girls often wear Ao Dai (the traditional dress of Vietnam) and take photos by the lotus ponds.
The Hue girls often wear Ao Dai and take photos by the lotus ponds. Photo: Truong Bui
Photo: Truong Bui
Like the daisy season in Hanoi, the lotus season is also a symbol of the beauty of Hue. Immersed in the clear blue water, each lotus flower gently “sways” in the breeze. The lotus stem penetrates deeply into the mud to absorb nutrients to create “the yellow pistil, fragrance, and green leaves”.
Lotus is the symbol of the ancient capital. Photo: Truong Bui
The beauty of the lotus gives you a feeling of being immersed in the purity of nature. If you have time, you should walk around the lotus pond and inhale the gentle fragrance spreading over the space, this will no doubt provide a feeling of relaxation.
At dawn, you can fully admire the beauty of the lotus flowers when they gradually bloom to welcome the morning sunlight. At this time, the morning dews on the leaves become sparkling under the sun. Walking around the lotus pond, you will see the locals taking a boat to harvest lotus to make tea.
The locals harvest lotus to make tea. Photo: VnExpress.net
It is known that the enjoyment of lotus tea dates back to the Nguyen Dynasty. Every early morning, the king took a boat to visit the lotus lake while collecting the dew on the leaves to make tea. Notably, the dried tea had been put inside the lotus bud from the previous day to absorb the fragrance. Later, the people often did this at sunset, and then at dawn, they would take the tea back.
The art of making lotus tea in Hue is very sophisticated and it requires the makers to be skillful and meticulous so that the lotus petals will remain intact. After putting the tea into the lotus bud, they tie it with a string to stabilise and then wrap it in a lotus leaf. The next step is to put the lotus bud in the vase and leave it overnight.
Put the tea into the lotus bud. Photo: dulichvietnam
After putting the tea into the lotus bud, they tie it with a string to stabilise and then wrap it in a lotus leaf. Photo: Vnexpress
When taking the tea out of the lotus bud, you will be able to smell a gentle scent that lingers in the atmosphere, hence lotus tea is an elegant drink that attracts many tourists when they come to Hue.
Enjoying lotus tea is a special feature of Hue culture. Photo: laodong
In the past, lotuses were often used to decorate the palaces of kings. This flower is also considered a symbol in Buddhism and has long become the national flower which is associated with the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people. Lotuses are often used as an offering to worship Gods/Buddhas at temples or ancestors on important occasions such as the full-moon day and the first day of the lunar month.
Offering lotuses on the altar. Photo: ngayam
Places to admire lotuses in Hue
The lotus lake in La Chu village, Hue. Photo: baomoi.com
The lotus in Hue is planted a lot in the city, around the ancient citadel and in the suburbs. To fully admire the beauty of Vietnam's national flower in this ancient capital, you can visit the lotus lakes at Hue Citadel, Tinh Tam lake, Huong Tra commune and La Chu village.
Lotuses in Hue are usually larger with thinner petals. Photo: mtrend
The lotus colours here are usually pure white or light pink, and the flowers are often larger with thinner petals as compared to those in other regions. The emerald of the leaves, together with the light pink of the petals and the yellow of the pistils create a poetic picture of nature that can fascinate any visitor.
The lake of white lotus in Hue Citadel. Photo: thuthienhue.gov.vn
The cost of visiting Hue in the lotus season
When coming to Hue, you should bring more than VND four million due to the following expenses:
- Hostels, hotels: from VND 200,000 to 600,000/room/day depending on the room type.
- Motorbike rental: VND 100,000/day.
- Entrance ticket to visit the mausoleums: VND 50,000 - 200,000/person/time.
- By plane: Hanoi - Hue (VND 1.4 million/person/one-way ticket); Saigon - Hue (VND 1.7 million/person/one-way ticket).
- By car: Hanoi - Hue (VND 300,000 VND/person/one-way ticket); Saigon - Hue (VND 550,000/person/one-way.
You can travel by train to Hue. Photo: Metrip.vn
- Train: Hanoi - Hue (VND 700,000/person/one-way ticket); Saigon - Hue (VND 900,000 - 1 million/person/one-way ticket).
- If you have a personal vehicle, you just need to move along National Highway 1A to reach Hue.
Hue not only has the ancient beauty of the mausoleums, but also the romantic features of the lotus that blooms in April. You should visit the ancient capital in this season to have a memorable experience here.