Colorful blooms signal the end of the Vietnamese school year

Flame trees (or Hoa Phuong Vy) in bloom around Hoan Kiem Lake

Flame trees (or Hoa Phuong Vy) and Lagerstoemia speciosa in bloom around Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi is a city with seasons and although not as distinct as in continental climates one can still clearly feel the shift. The pleasant spring days have ended and in their place the intense sunny heat of summer (up to 40 degrees) has arrived.

Over the last two weeks Hanoi has been filled with the beautiful blossoms of bright red Delonix regia (Flame Tree) or Hoa Phuong Vy in Vietnamese (meaning the Phoenix’s tail) and cloudy purple Lagerstoemia speciosa (Giant Crape Myrtle) or Hoa Bang Lang in Vietnamese. The other name for these ornamental trees is ‘flower of the pupil or student’ because they bloom at the end of May which coincide with final exams and the end of the Vietnamese school year.

Lagerstoemia Speciosa or Hoa Bang Long blooming at Trung Vuong Lower Secondary School, founded in 1917 as one of Hanoi's first schools for girls.

Lagerstoemia speciosa blooming at Trung Vuong Lower Secondary School, formerly known as Dong Khanh and founded in 1917 as one of Hanoi’s first schools for girls.

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The light had started to fade too much by the time I reached Tay Ho, but at least I managed to get a couple of sunset photos.

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The hound with her master - both were rather hot

A hot hound and her master

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