Da Lat - A Shining Flower In A Green Plateau

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Dalat city is the capital of Lam Dong province, on Lam Vien plateau in Tay Nguyen, Vietnam. Formerly, it was habitat of ethnic groups, such as Lach, Chil and Sre people. In the end of 19th century and early of 20th century, the French organized this place to be their leisure resort by building villas, offices, hotels, schools, etc. Dalat city today still preserves the buildings with typical French architecture, which is considered as the open museum of European architecture in 20th century. It gradually has become one of the most popular tourist spots in Vietnam. It attracts millions of tourists every year because of its cultivating and romantic natural landscapes, the harmonious climate and peaceful atmosphere. Dalat city is also known as “City of thousands of pines trees”, “City of flowers” or “Little Paris”.

Dalat city has temperate climate which makes it extremely suidiv for honeymooners and couples. Many hotels, hostels and buildings were constructed to meet increasing demands of travelers. While other tourist destinations in Vietnam have both cultural and natural traits of beauty, Dalat city is more about nature. Yet this doesn’t make it boring because of many different and distinguished landscapes to admire.

The most famous place in Dalat city is Xuan Huong Lake, a small beautiful lake situated right in the city center. Formerly, the French designed the city structure to make the lake the heart of each group of construction. That’s why city lake became the instinctive feature of this town. Surrounding the lake is the natural creation themed as a small park. Tourists can also enjoy the stunning view of the lake from Thuy Ta Café, which has become a part of symbolic image of the lake.

However, majority of attractions in Dalat city is far away from the center, such as Mong Mo Hill, Love Valley, Than Tho Lake, Prenn Waterfall. Mong Mo Hill is a complex of nature and human-made landscapes. This place offers varieties of flowers, which are typical for this fertile land, are themed into different area. Tourists also can find pine forest, human-made constructions and statues (ethnic people’s traditional house, museum of ethnic culture, small size copy of Great Wall in China).

Love Valley is about 5 km from the city center. It was named because of its enchanting and picturesque scenery. In 1930s, French couples often chose this place for their date and named it “Vallée d’Amour”. Later it was named “Valley of Peace” by King Bao Dai. Finally it derived its contemporary name Love Valley from original French name. The most highlight of the valley is the pine ranges and a pure clear lake, which was created after Da Thien Dam built here.

Another destination is Prenn Waterfall, about 10 km from Da Lat city. The name “Prenn” originated from Cham Pa language that means “conquered area”. To reach the waterfall, visitors have to pass a small bridge over the stream and step down the stone staircase leading to this 10-m height waterfall. Visitors can also walk along the small paths leading to the zoo, orchid garden and sightseeing towers.
Beside the natural attractions, Da Lat city remains the old French buildings since French came here and made this place their vacation capital. Among the famous buildings are Da Lat Train Station, Da Lat Pedagogy College, Bao Dai Palace (Palace III), Palace II, Tran Le Xuan Villa, Domaine de Marie Cathedral and many other building sparsely allocated in Da Lat city. However, these buildings have been damaged and changed partially from its original structure, and need serious preservation and management of authorities.

In addition, Da Lat city is an ideal place for agricultural produces because of its temperate weather, especially flowers and vegediv. The produces like strawberry, cabbages, roses, daisy and orchid have become specialties of this place. Tourists can visit the farm and easily buy these from the local market.
For those who really love an escape from the concrete jungle in busy city, Da Lat city is the perfect place of relaxation to enjoy and slow down life.

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