Say it with flowers – The Dalat Flower Festival 2010 will see the capital of Lam Dong province in full bloom once again.
The Dalat Flower Festival 2010, scheduled to take place from January 1-4 next year, promises to be the biggest and most flowery festival yet! As ever the festival will promote Dalat’s stunning beauty and help promote the city’s as a brand.
The former French colonial hill station is one of the country’s most popular holiday resort towns offering visitors a cool, temperate climate and a stunning landscape that is endowed with precipitous mountains, waterfalls, pine forests and bountiful flora and fauna. Often dubbed Vietnam’s honeymoon capital it’s no surprise newly-weds are lured to this romantic and awe-inspiring destination.
The festival is an opportunity for flower traders, farmers, florists and botanists to come together and share knowledgs and experiences.
This year the Dalat Flower Festival 2010 organising committee has elected to strip back some of the superfluous pomp and curtail the ceremonial aspect of the event. As a result the festival is a bona-fide ‘flower festival’ for the people of Dalat and visitors from beyond the pale.
The organisers have also launched a campaign to cultivate more flowers, trees and ornamental plants throughout the city so Dalat will truly be in full bloom come January.
The flower festival this year will not be confined within the city limits and includes Duc Trong district so that once visitors arrive at Dalat airport or enter from the Lien Khuong – Prenn expressway they will literally be engulfed in flowers.
Besides the showcasing of Dalat’s flowers there will be an exposition on flowers and ornamental plants, a flower arranging contest, a flower trade fair and a scientific workshop entitled ‘enhancing competitiveness and developing the flower industry’.
According to Nguyen Vu Hoang, the general director of the Dalat Flower Festival 2010, there will be a number of flower spaces around the city that will “enthrall tourists”.
The Dalat Flower Market Day and the “flower roads” such as the one that will encircle Xuan Huong Lake promise to be eye-catching affairs that will dazzle both locals and tourists.
There will also be “flower islands” and “flower towers” and even a 108-metre-long flower dragon next to Xuan Huong Lake. There might also be a new entry for the Guinness Book of Records – a flower vase designed in the shape of an old kettle-drum to be made by 1,000 florists and tourists will be on display.
Other associated events will bring plenty of colour and fun to Dalat. A bicycle race will help promote environmentally friendly vehicles. The Dalat Open Golf Championship tees off on January 2.
For those looking for love, well sign up for ‘Dalat: a love Rendez-Vous’ on New Year’s Eve and you never know, you might find your other half!
An international trade fair with over 400 stalls featuring goods from Vietnam, Japan, China, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia will also be held at the same time as the flower festival.
Source: Timeout (Vietnam’s leading magazine for travel, lifestyle, leisure and culture)