Saigon lantern streets light up for Mid-Autumn Festival

By Khanh An, Thanh Nien News

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Thousands of people have visited a so-called Chinatown quarter in Ho Chi Minh City's District 5 to see and buy lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival comes on September 27. Photos: Minh Hung
 Almost all houses and sidewalks have turned into lantern shops, along on Phu Dinh, Luong Nhu Hoc, Nguyen An and Nguyen Trai Streets.
Vietnamese traditional lanterns are more favored this season than Chinese products, a shop owner said. 
A woman buys a lantern for her son on Luong Nhu Hoc Street. 
The colorful lanterns always attract many children who often find it difficult to decide which one they like best. 
 A boy tests a lantern with electronic lights on Luong Nhu Hoc Street.
Many shop owners said it has been a long tradition for them to sell lanterns during the Mid-Autumn season. Local lanterns are made at nearby workshops while others are imported from China, they said. 
Phu Dinh Street is crowded in the afternoon and evening and no motorbike can sneak through, even though the street does not ban vehicles. 
Besides selling to individual customers, many shops have also received big orders from companies that need to buy lanterns for employees' children. 
Some people also bring along selfie sticks to take photos. 
Others are dressed in nice clothes. 
A young man shows his friends some photos.
Some young women wear traditional costumes of other countries.
 A woman chooses a lantern for her little daughter who is sleeping on her shoulder.

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