Downtown HCMC pedestrians only for Tet

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This year's Nguyen Hue Flower Street will be led by "a heard of horses" made of flower

Vehicles will not be allowed on Nguyen Hue Boulevard and other downtown streets in Ho Chi Minh City from January 18 to February 3 for the Lunar New Year celebration.

As is the tradition, Nguyen Hue will be turned into the city's "flower street" in celebration of the Tet festival, featuring block-long flower arrangements and other decorations. Accordingly, only pedestrians will be allowed on the street for the duration of the holiday season.

Accordingly, cars' circulation on Nguyen Hue from Le Loi Ton Duc Thang direction will be halted for the installation of Nguyen Hue Flower Street from 7 a.m. January 18 to 6 p.m. 18, before vehicles of all kinds, including motorbikes, are banned during the opening time of the flowery street from 7 p.m. on Jan 28 to 6 a.m. on Feb 4.

For the opening and closing ceremonies (5-10pm January 28 and 6 a.m. February 3, respectively) not only Nguyen Hue Street, but also Pasteur and Dong Khoi will be transformed into pedestrian-only walking areas, according to Tran Hung Viet, General Director of Saigontourist, the initiator and sponsor of the city's Tet project.

The "flower street" will feature a heard of giant horses made of flowers to welcome the year of the horse. Varieties of flowers from Da Lat and around Vietnam will be used to create large scale decorations featuring Vietnamese culture, heritage and history.

Not only flowers, but vegetables and LED Lights will also be used to decorate the streets.

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