If people in the South are always proud of Thap Muoi lotus fields, in Hanoi capital, when people mention lotus, people think of West Lake lotus. Although there is no document indicating when the West Lake lotus originated, only the Dai Viet history records mention the residences of the regal built around the lotus flaps of the West Lake.
Over the years, with the ups and downs of history, the West Lake lotus pond may be small in size, but the West Lake lotus fragrance still retains its pristine features, making many people sob. And every summer, at the end of May and beginning of June, the people of the capital are immersed in the fragrant and ethereal scent of West Lake lotus flowers.
Unlike the lotus in many other places, the West Lake lotus is a Bach Diep lotus variety, the reason for this name is because the West Lake lotus has many petals, each flower has about three layers of large and small wings interwoven with the center. about a hundred wings. Bach Diep lotus not only stands out with its deep pink color, but also makes many people fall in love with its ethereal and elegant lotus fragrance.
Although the lotus pond in West Lake is not too wide, but in the middle of hot summer afternoons, in the stuffy, noisy city of the city, the lotus ponds here are enough for you to see far away. also filled with green color of leaves, pink color of flowers. Just like that, no matter how stormy it is outside, our hearts will be strangely peaceful.
The most ideal time for the trip to “enjoy lotus” is in the early morning, when the sun has not yet risen and the fresh air is still intact, you can leisurely watch the lotus buds in the green foliage start. The head stretched out from the water and slowly blossomed. A few drops of glittering dew remain in the middle of the lotus leaves early in the morning, making you seem to be sucked into a colorful but equally peaceful landscape picture.
Although in recent years, Bach Diep lotus is no longer the “exclusive” of the West Lake lands but has been successfully propagated in many other regions, but for many people, a genuine Bach Diep lotus must be a lotus grown in West Lake lotus ponds. For many lotus lovers, just having a vase of West Lake lotus in the house is enough for the pure, ethereal fragrance to fill the space.
If you come to the West Lake lotus pond early in the morning, you will not only be able to see the pink lotus petals slowly blooming, but you can also see the owners of the lagoon picking lotus flowers to sell or bring back to marinate tea. Small bamboo boats, but lined up in them are hundreds of budding lotus flowers, lotus buds both fresh pink and pure white are neatly arranged in bundles ready to follow the street carts going around three or six streets. capital ward.
In particular, if you have the opportunity to see the lotus ponds of West Lake, do not forget to enjoy a pot of fragrant West Lake lotus tea. Although this tea is seasoned with lotus, it is very elaborately processed, but it never disappoints. After drinking tea, it will leave a sweet taste in the throat but also make us ecstatic with the faint scent of lotus around.
Wandering among the lotus ponds on this June summer day is quite tiring and hot, but just looking at the shy pink lotus flowers next to the jade green foliage and a faint scent is… Our souls are suddenly at peace. Indeed, the West Lake lotus is a gift from God to dispel the summer sun of Hanoians.