A batch of highly skilled flower and vegetable farmers from the north of Vietnam migrated to Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, where they braved poor conditions to turn the once desolate land into a "city of thousands of flowers". According to archives at Da Lat's Ha Dong flower village Commemorative House, back in the 1930s, as more French soldiers were brought to Da Lat to have their injuries treated, local demand for fresh vegetables surged remarkably. However, there were no vegetable farms in Da Lat at that time, with most of the French troops' fresh produce brought down from Hanoi. Tran Van Ly, Chief of Lam Dong province, then considered developing flower and vegetable farming in Da Lat. Quite knowledgeable about France, he saw no reason not to implement the idea, as France and Da Lat have noted similarities in weather and soil. Ly then sought help from Hoang Trong Phu, Chief of northern Ha Dong province, which was home to famous flower villages. The … [Read more...] about Da Lat’s pioneering farmers
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The 2013 Da Lat Culture and Tourism Week will kick off tonight, Dec 27, with a host of activities including those to hail the 5th Flower Festival and celebrate the resort city's 120th anniversary. The opening ceremony, set to take place at Lam Vien Square on Yersin street tonight, will kick off the festive week, to run until Dec 31, which includes the announcement of the 2014 Central Highlands - Da Lat National Tourism Year, the Da Lat Flower Festival and the celebration of the city's 120th anniversary. According to the organizers, over 1,700 artists and artisans from across the country will perform at the opening. The 100-minute program will feature the re-creations of flower and vegetables cultivation spanning from the early days when migrants brought in seedlings from the north of Vietnam to the modern day. Another highlight is the re-creation of how Alexandre Yersin, an eminent Swiss-French physician and bacteriologist, who is most remembered as the co-discoverer of … [Read more...] about Da Lat tourism week, flower fest kick off tonight
A project to produce lettuce following a Japanese "miracle village" model will be launched in the Central Highlands resort town of Da Lat next year Last month end Masahito Shinohara, 34, and Takaya Hanaoka, 35, the owners of Japan's famous vegetable producer Lacue Company, visited Da Lat, but not as tourists. They were scouting locations for a farm that will use the latest agricultural innovations to grow lettuce for export to Europe and Asia in collaboration with Da Lat's An Phu Produce Company. Slated to be launched next year, the project will follow farming model made famous in Japan by Kawakami Village, now known as "miracle village" for it's turn from one of Japan's poorest villages before 1980 to one of it's most wealthy. The answer to Kawakami's success is simple: lettuce. The village, located at the height of 1,185 meters above sea level in Minamikasu District, Nagano Prefecture, hosts 1,735 hectares of agricultural land, or one-fourth of the land available in … [Read more...] about Miracle for Da Lat?
Hanoi Times - The Central Highlands resort city of Da Lat will be ablaze with color when this year's eight-day Flower Festival kicks off next Saturday. Opening with the theme, Da Lat Flowers, I Love You, the biennial event exposes to the world the area's diversity of flowers, for which it is famed nationwide. Eighteen cultural activities and music and dance performances, as well as a massive group wedding, will be featured during the festival, with more than 1,000 performers and an estimated 80,000 visitors, according to Truong Van Thu, vice chairman of the People's Committee of Lam Dong Province. About 5,000 species of flowers from Da Lat and other localities nationwide as well as other countries will be on display throughout the city.The opening ceremony and the festival's main events will be televised live on VTV1 channel. Around the city centre's XuanHuongLake will be four stands full of the eight kinds of flowers most commonly grown in Da Lat. An international … [Read more...] about Int’l flower fest opens in Da Lat
Cù Lần Village is often an accidental discovery by people visiting nearby, more familiar tourist destinations. It has an intriguing name. It can either mean "fool" or refer to the slow loris, a shy, big-eyed primate that was once a popular pet. According to locals, the village was established in the 1960s by K'Ho people and was named thus because the slow loris was often seen in surrounding forests. But some people say the name came from the widespread presence of a tree also called cù lần - the color of its bark would change from cowhide to black when burned under the sunlight, and the colors remind people of the mammal. Although the village opened to tourists more than a year ago, not many people know of it because it is located in a valley and surrounded by some 200 hectares of forests. Many people find their way to Cù Lần when they visit the Thung Lũng Vàng (Golden Valley) resort, about ten kilometers away, and see a signboard there. We reached the village on motorbikes. … [Read more...] about A deeper foray into Da Lat