Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has its own charms in each season, but for people who live in or once visited this city, autumn is the best period of the year. And speaking of Hanoi’s autumn, we have to mention Hoa Sua (literally translated as milk flowers). It’s hard to say since when the autumn of Hanoi and Hoa Sua are so connected as a twin. Hoa Sua becomes a part of Hanoi, it’s familiar to everybody here. When the first wind of the autumn starts to blow, it’s also the time Hoa Sua start to show off its scent.
Hoa Sua is not so colorful as peach blossom, phoenix flowers or daisies, it’s not so as noble as rose or orchid. It has a simple and rustic beauty. Tiny white and green flowers stand on the green leaves, spread their magic scent in the wind. On the ground, countless of tiny flowers make a flower carpet.
In the autumn, on the streets that lots of Hoa Sua are planted as Quang Trung, Nguyen Du, Quan Thanh, Thuy Khue or Thanh Nien, the scent of Hoa Sua wake up all human’s senses. The white color of Hoa Sua blooming under the tender sun and its scent make the little Hanoi more romantic and poetic in the autumn. The scent of Hoa Sua has printed an impression in the mind of Hanoians and many tourists who once witness the autumn of Hanoi.
Hoa Sua, the symbol of Hanoi’s autumn has become and endless inspiration for many artists to create their masterpieces, the most famous one should be mentioned is “Miss Hanoi’s autumn” by Trinh Cong Son, a beloved composer in Vietnam, whose music has its own name that is called Trinh music. The special thing is that Hoa Sua is not planted only in Hanoi but for Vietnamese people, Hoa Sua always reminds them of Hanoi with scented streets of Hoa Sua, the crisp nights of Hanoi’s autumn.
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