A farmer from the northern mountain province of Hoa Binh has devoted seven years to growing and bending 1,000 bamboo trees into the shape of flying dragons to present them to Hanoi on its millennium anniversary scheduled for October this year.
Nguyen Van Nam said he drove to Soc Son district to buy the “golden” bamboo saplings to grow at home.
“This sort of bamboo is very flexible, not as hard as green bamboo which makes it easy to create shapes at will,” he explained.
To have 1,000 flying dragons, each with a height of 1.5 m, he had to grow 2,000 bamboo trees to have enough to select only the best. He had to bend the dragon a little every day over a long period of time.
After more than six years, the mountainous farmer has finished his work, turning his bamboo into flying dragons rising into the sky with pride.
Nam also grew three additional clusters of bamboo in the shape of the country and a huge “ngau” tree (aglaia) in the shape of the earth with the words ‘Hoa Binh’ (Peace), as presents for Hanoi’s celebration.
“I would like to present the results of my hard work to the capital city as a token of the warming feelings of Vietnamese farmers,” he sad.
Over the past decade, Nam has presented bonsai trees for major events in Hanoi such as the SEA Games 22 and the ASEAN Summit.
In 1998, he bent a tree into the words ‘Bac Ho Vi Dai’ (Great Uncle Ho) to present to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.