Untold stories of Da Lat – P6: Cherry blossom valley

Two men have been credited with cultivating cherry-like apricot and cherry blossoms typical of northern Vietnam in Da Lat City. >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P5: Billeting army officers’ wives >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P4: The Haunted House on Prenn Pass >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P3: Royal partition >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P2: Stone villa of Nguyen King’s concubine >> ​Untold stories of Da Lat – P1: Nguyen Dynasty’s trusted retainer Muoi Loi hoa dao (Cherry Blossom) Valley, tucked away at the end of a small alley on Le Hong Phong Street, is a household name among residents and tourists. The arboretum is known for a variety of cherry blossom breeds that are normally found at the famous Nhat Tan Village in Tay Ho District, Hanoi.  Nhat Tan Village provides gorgeous sights and yields the flowers for decorative purposes around Tet (Lunar New Year) every year. Da Lat, a charming resort town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, has also been dubbed a ‘flower city.’ Its temperate climate, however, is quite inauspicious for the cherry blossoms, which thrive and bloom best in warm weather. The founder of the unique arboretum is veteran farmer Bui Van Loi, also known as Muoi Loi, who passed away in 2009. Bui Van Sang, Loi’s son, has created new hybrid cherry blossom varieties. Photo: Tuoi Tre From cherry-like apricot During his lifetime, Loi considered himself a successor to Nguyen Thai Hien, another… [Read full story]


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