Hanoi’s Kumquat Capital Prepared for Tet Festivities

The traditional ornamental plant villages of Hanoi are currently bustling with the harvest, as the Lunar New Year approaches. This is the most significant festival of the year for the Vietnamese people.


Located on the shore of West Lake, Tu Lien Ward in Tay Ho District is renowned for its kumquat farming. This ancient village in the heart of the city supplies bonsai trees to the capital, while its orchards attract tourists during the spring season.

As the Lunar New Year approaches, the village becomes livelier than ever as farmers harvest the kumquat trees after a year of meticulous care.

Many Hanoi residents have a soft spot for kumquat bonsai trees as home decorations during Tet. (Photo: Ngoc Tu/The Hanoi Times)

Around 400 farming households in Tu Lien Ward cultivate kumquat trees, covering about 80% of their total land area of 20 hectares.

The kumquat gardens along the shores of West Lake bustle with activity.

The kumquat trees are laden with ripe golden fruits, waiting to be harvested.

The kumquat gardens on the banks of West Lake are brimming with vitality.

The trees bear numerous small, dark yellow berries.

The most exquisite kumquat plants in the garden are reserved for customers who place advance orders.

This year’s bonsai trees have flourished thanks to favorable weather conditions.

A mild winter with abundant daily sunshine has enhanced the appearance of kumquat trees and increased their fruit yield, thereby facilitating sales.

Tu Lien’s kumquat trees have long been designated as an OCOP (One Community, One Product) item. The prices of kumquat plants range from VND500,000 ($20) to VND7 million ($286), depending on size and shape.