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Dalat City Area: 390.5 sq. kmPopulation: 197 thousand habitants (2007)Administrative divisions: -Wards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 -Communes: Xuan Tho, Xuan Truong, Ta Nung, Tram Hanh Ethnic groups: M'nong, Ma, Co Ho...
Da Lat is a city located on Lang Biang highlands – part of the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Because of its history, special architecture, unique climate features and wide range of beautiful spots, Da Lat is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations of Vietnam.
Da Lat looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps. Many of its hotels and houses were built in a French style during the French colonization. There are many places for tourists interested in architecture to visit, such as Da Lat Railway Station, designed by French architects Moncet and Reveron, or Hang Nga guest house, a.k.a ‘Crazy house’ which is also an interesting place to stay.
The climate in Da Lat is often called ‘Eternal Spring’ for its pleasantly warm temperatures during the day and quite cool at night, down to perhaps 10oC. Due to its favorable weather, Da Lat is a supplier of temperate produce for all over Vietnam, for example, cabbage and cauliflower. Also, it has a nickname ‘City of Flowers’. Its flower industry is highly developed and famous for two typical flowers: hydrangea (Vietnamese: C?m tú c?u) and golden everlasting (Vietnamese: Hoa b?t t?).
Apart from architectural places of interest, Da Lat also has lots of beautiful sites such as Xuan Huong Lake – center of town, Lake of Sorrow (Lake of Sighs) – 5km Northeast of town on Ho Xuan Huong Road, Valley of Love – Phu Dong Thien Vuong Street, Lang Biang Mountain – has a 1900m peak, ideal for a 3-hour hike, Prenn Falls – 10km outside the town, Pongour Falls – one of the largest and widest waterfalls in Vietnam, 30km south of town on highway 20, etc.
Tourists arriving in Da Lat can enjoy the atmosphere of Vietnamese markets by visiting Da Lat market, which is full of local specialties such as strawberry jam, dried fruits, avocado, artichoke.