The Netherlands Government on Oct. 5 presented the capital city of Hanoi with a new species of tulip named after Thang Long-Hanoi, as a special gift to mark the city’s 1,000th anniversary.

At the presentation ceremony, Netherlands Ambassador to Vietnam Joop Scheffers said the new tulip strain was created by Dutch biologists.

The tulip has tone values of red and yellow, the two colours of Vietnam’s national flag.

The ambassador said the gift was a symbol of the fine traditional relations between the Netherlands and Vietnam and the Netherlands would soon transfer the technology to grow this tulip species to Hanoi .

On behalf of Hanoi authorities and people, Vice Chairperson of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang affirmed that the gift was significant and precious.

She said together with the fine cooperation between the countries, the two capital cities – Hanoi and Amsterdam – also enjoyed effective cooperation and exchanges during past years.

She took this occasion to present the Dutch Ambassador with two of the latest pictorial books on Thang Long-Hanoi./.