Cherry blossoms in a lake in Dien Bien

The lake is in Dien Bien district, some 20km from the center of Dien Bien city, close to Highway 279. The small but beautiful island in the middle of the lake is a tourist attraction. The island is called by local people “island of flowers” or “island of cherry blossoms” (sakura) as its possesses approx. 400 cherry trees. The number of visitors to the island reaches its peak in late December and early January when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. It is believed that from a mere ten cherry seeds of Japanese origin, planted in 2006, hundreds of cherry trees have grown up on the island. At an altitude of over 1,000m above sea level, it is an ideal place for this beautiful and special tree to thrive because it is neither rainy in winter nor hot in summer and the temperature difference between days and nights is no more than 10 degree Celsius. The island hosts the opening ceremony of the Cherry Blossoms-Pa Khoang-Dien Bien Festival 2018 on January 6. During the festival, tourists can both contemplate the hypnotic cherry blossoms, take part in some typical Japanese cultural activities and visit the historic sites of the famous battle fought near there in Dien Bien. From the center of Dien Bien city, tourists can ride motorbike just about 20km along Na Loi, via Na Nhan, Na Pen, Na Tau market to Pa Khoang Lake. There they can ask local people for boat trips to the island. During the festival,… [Read full story]

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