Bonsai Brings Prosperity By Ban Mai Situated between the Ham Luong and Co Chien rivers, Cho Lach District in Ben Tre Province, in the Mekong Delta, has abundant silt, vast sand dunes, lush orchards and prosperity – nowadays especially bonsai prosperity The summer heat vanishes in the house where Nguyen Van Cong, a bonsai artisan in Phu Long Hamlet, Hung Khanh Trung Commune, Cho Lach District, built from tree roots. In the house, which Cong calls a “reading room,” bonsai shaped as deer or dragons are on display. Five years ago, Cong could barely make ends meet, as demand for bonsai was lackluster, except when the Lunar New Year drew near. It was a challenge to improve business prospects. Thankfully, inspiration dawned as he was sitting inside a house with a coconut palm roof. He came up with the idea of selling his products by integrating them into architecture. Cong’s products and services have been in ever-increasing demand, including from hotels, restaurants and villas. Each work fetches VND6-10 million and comes with after-sales service. “Customers pick a bonsai work, which will be transported, set up and trimmed to blend in with the rest of their gardens,” Cong says. Only transport…
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