Thursday, January 21, 2010

Da Lat - City Of Thousands Of Pine Trees

Da Lat is the capital of Lam Dong Province in Vietnam. The town is located 1,500 m above sea level on the Lang Biang Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands. The name Da Lat derives from the acronym of the Latin phrase “Dat Aliis Laetitiam Aliis Temperiem” ("Giving Pleasure to Some, Freshness to Others"), which the French colonial government used in their official emblem of Da Lat. In Vietnam, Da Lat is one of most popular tourist destinations.


Da Lat's specific sights are pine wood (forming the name: "City of thousands of pine trees") with twisting roads and tree marigold blossom in the winter. This city has a unique temperate weather in Vietnam's otherwise tropical climate. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads to its name "City of eternal spring".


Da Lat is also known as an area for science research in the fields of biotechnology and nuclear physics.


With its year-round cool weather, Da Lat supplies temperate agriculture products for all over Vietnam, for example, cabbage and cauliflower. Its flower industry produces two typical flowers: hydrangea and golden everlasting. The confectionery industry offers a wide range of Mut, a kind of fruit preserve made from strawberry, mulberry, sweet potato, and rose.


During the 1890s, explorers in the area, which was then part of the French territory of Cochinchina, asked the French governor-general, Paul Doumer, to create a resort center in the highlands. The governor agreed. The original intended site for the hill station was Dankia, but Etienne Tardif, a member of the road-building expedition of 1898-99, proposed the current site instead. In 1907, the first hotel was built. Urban planning was carried out by Ernest Hebrard.


The French endowed the city with villas and boulevards, and its Swiss charms remain today. Hebrard included the requisite health complex, golf course, parks, schools, and homes but no industry. The legacy of boarding schools where children from the whole of Indochina were taught by French priests, nuns, and expatriates lasted until the end of French rule. There were seminaries of Jesuits and other orders. The elite Vietnamese National Military Academy graduated its first class of future leaders in 1950. There was an aviation school at Cam Ly Airport.


During World War II, Da Lat was the capital of Indochina Federation, from 1939 to 1945.


The architecture of Da Lat is dominated by the style of the French colonization period. The Dominion of Mary Church and Convent were built in 1938 and offer a panoramic view of the city. The convent is a home to Roman Catholic nuns of the Mission of Charity.


Da Lat is home to the manmade, 5 km² Xuan Huong Lake. The average temperature is 17°C, and does not exceed 25°C in the hottest season. Its temperate climate is ideal for agricultural production. Da Lat is renowned for its orchids, roses, vegetables, and fruits. There is a nascent wine-making and flower-growing industry in the region.


www.wikipedia.org

91 comments:

  1. oh my goodness..these are beautiful shots.Thank you so much for sharing SK.

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  2. hi, great info in this post. I liked the photography too. Really interesting :)

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  3. Umihoney, thanks for your first comment :) I will share more and more wonderful pics in next entries ^^

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  4. Zach olney, thanks for visiting my blog ;) Hope you will visit mine next times :D

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  5. Hi, really great posts you got here. I really wanted to experience working and living in vietnam but somehow no opportunities came my way, huhu. thanks for at least i get to see your wonderful country via your posts. cheers always

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  6. Jovir, thanks so much for your comments ^^ You will be able to visit our beautiful Vietnam someday anyway I believe :)

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  7. I met my wife in Dalat. Beautiful city, but we realized it's not a great place to go in January if you are visiting from Canada - it's too cold and there is no heat - anywhere! We love Dalat though, and it shares a special place in our heart.

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  8. As ever, beautiful photos that tempt one to travel

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  9. Jason Ragan - A trvthseeker, thanks for visiting mine :) I'm happy to know your story ^^

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  10. Pamwest, thanks for your comment :)

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  11. Lovely. I liked it. Plz do visit me and leave your comment on GooTAR Blog

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  12. Jonathan, thanks so much for visiting my blog ^^

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  13. The beauty of nature is the best moment in life...BTW thanks for sharing those great photos

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  14. Hi Sinh Khuong, these pics are beautiful. You have a lovely country. I don't come in to Blogcatalog very much, except to update a post, but I added you as my friend today. Thanks for visiting and bless you heaps. RogerW

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  15. Mack, I really love the beauty of nature like you. Thanks for your comment :)

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  16. Bebi, thanks for visiting my blog ^^

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  17. Rogerw, thanks so much for your comment, I'm happy to be your friend ;)

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  18. Dano, thanks so much for visiting my blog :)

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  19. Gary, thank you very much for comment ^^

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  20. Sinh, those are all marvelous places. I want to be there...how i wish someday :)

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  21. Sam, thanks for visiting mine again :) You're always welcome ;)

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  22. Hi Sinh. Seeing the pictures now make me understand why my parents often talk about Dat Lat. I never knew the place to be so beautiful and have such great scenery. Looks almost like China's scenery.

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  23. Rose Belle, thanks so much for your comment :) I think there are many many great sceneries around the world ^^ and I hope Da Lat is one of them ;)

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  24. Very nice information and beautiful pics. I help plan travel adventures and also have a couple Vietnamese friends here in Georgia who plan to go to visit Vietnam sometime in the near future. I too would love to visit your beautiful country. Maybe you can post something sometime on my blog www.searching4seaglass@blogspot.com.

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  25. Janet Flanigan, thanks so much for visiting my blog :) Hope you'll have wonderful trip to Vietnam ^^

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  27. Alif city at 6.34, thanks so much for your comment :)

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  28. Woahhhh... Did you take these shots? Amazing...

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  29. Soldio, thanks for visiting mine, I did not take these shots, they're from the Internet :)

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  30. bohzo (hello)

    I have not seen you today are you still alive and kicking?

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  31. Pokagon Member, thanks for your question :) I'm so busy now ^^

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  32. Hi Sinh Khuong, thanks for these great posts. your country is simply breathtaking!

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  33. The Scribe, thanks so much for your comment ^^

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  35. Kate, thanks for visiting my blog ^^ Have a nice day ;)

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  36. great photos..lovely places to visit ~ may be some day I'll be able to :-)

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  37. Cheqna, thanks for your nice comment :) I hope you'll be able to visit Vietnam soon ^^

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  38. very very beautiful photos in a very very beautiful natural blog !

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  39. Notegolddiamond, thanks much for visiting my blog ^^

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  40. Great post Sinh! The landscape is breathtaking! It shows in your post that you have a love/passion for the area. Thanks for sharing!

    regards,

    Eric

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  41. Eric.jones, thanks much for your comment ^^

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  42. Happy Tet, SK ^^. Oh my lover live in Dalat :D

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  43. Ken, oh really :) Girls in Da Lat are pretty ^^

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  44. WOooow, I want to go to Da Lat now..LoL!
    Wonderful writing, sounds and looks like a beautiful place.
    Have a great week!

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  45. Al`eh, thanks so much for visiting my blog ^^

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  46. wow~ this is a memorable place for me..I've been there a year ago and I love dac lac..the weather, the sightseeings, the people, the lake, the food, etc...

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  47. nice photos , the photo you take your own ??
    Hope can visit the place

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  48. These are fabulous pics!!Make me want to fly and go there fast.Brings so much serenity!!LOVE IT!!GREAT WORK,FRIEND!!

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  49. Idealpinkrose, thanks so much for your nice comment ^^

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  50. Winter gurl, thanks for visiting my blog :) The photos were collected from the Internet ^^

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  51. June_Butterfly, it's long time to see you :) How are you ? I hope you'll be always fine and wish you & your family a happy lunar new year ^^

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  52. Hello! Thank you for sharing your part of you with us.
    Sounds attractive and peaceful. I have never been myself. The farest Asia I went was in Thailand which I do love. I will step by your site next time to discover this country I may visit nextly.

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  53. Mama Yéti, thanks so much for your comment ^^ Hope to meet you in Vietnam very soon :)

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  54. those pictures are beautitull!!! thanks for sharing!

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  55. Shine, thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  56. beautiful sceneries! wish I could visit those places

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  57. Neth, thanks so much for your nice comment (: Hope you can go to Vietnam soon !

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  58. Fantastic Photos. I promise to visit this website often.

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  59. Jojo, thanks much for visiting my blog :)

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  60. i'm back again to see the beauty of dalat. btw, do you live in dalat? I visited Ho Chi Minh, dalat and Nha Trang and I think dalat is the best place because of the good weather.

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  61. Idealpinkrose, thanks for your comment, I don't live in Da Lat :) Yeah, Da Lat has a very good weather ^^ One of best places to live in Vietnam !

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  62. Hi Sinh Khuong,
    Very nice photographs and I enjoyed reading your article. Look forward to reading more of your work and seeing more photos. Paul

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  63. Paul in Russia, thanks for visiting my blog ^^ I will try to write more articles :)

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  64. Wow, wondersul site with interesting posts. Thank you for sharing. :)

    Congrats!

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  65. Hi! This is a very nice blog. Thanks for visiting my site, too. Happy blogging.

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  66. Dyeve, thanks so much for your comment :) Hope to meet you more times here ^^

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  67. Jojo, thanks for visiting mine ^^ Have a happy day (:

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  68. Amazing and beautiful photos! Great blog too.
    Have a great weekend!

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  69. Niceartlife, thanks so much for your comment ^^ Have a nice weekend (:

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  70. Beautiful photos; beautiful country! Your images and article draw one to this attractive, culturally-rich place. Wonderful!

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  71. Toulouse LeTrek, thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  73. actually your picture are so beautiful
    and article is also nice

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  74. this is beautifull, great picture

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  75. Yusuf, thanks for visiting my blog ^^

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  76. Rooteye, thanks for your nice comment (:

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  77. nice blog bro. keep posting !!!!

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  80. Sure looks like a beautiful place

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  81. Very beautiful. Would love to visit some time. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. 保活 PoWKilLeR, thanks a lot for your comment :) It looks nice

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  83. Stugod, thank you for visiting mine, yes, it's a beautiful place ;)

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  84. Tom Jones, thank you for comment, I really hope to see you in Da Lat someday ^^

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  85. You will be able to visit our beautiful someday anyway I believe...

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