Quảng Bá flower-market (in Tây Hồ district) meets year-round at 2am, it’s said to be the head-market where all species of fresh flowers are bought and sold by Hanoians. Flowers here are deemed to be most beautiful and fresh; moreover, going to the market by night is a touch of culture, an identity of Hanoians.
Flowers are sold by separate species, unlike in other markets. The whole Quảng Bá seems to be speaking in low-and-soft voices. The sellers and buyers as well, all have an electric torch in hand because the sun is still sleeping.
Quảng Bá market is divided in two shifts. Shift I from 2-4am is for the flower-growers, it’s whole sales selling for retail sales. Shift II from 4am to daylight morning is for higher price by flower-dealers.
The day gets lighter and faces are more clearly seen, flowers look more colourful and are sold by retailers on all streets, lanes for Hanoi’s new day. The market is over and everybody gets home for the following day.