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Lost in Da Lat’s plateaus of wild sunflowers

Sunday, November 29, 2020, 22:15 GMT+7
Lost in Da Lat’s plateaus of wild sunflowers
An aerial view of yellow wild in a suburban area of Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Like a signal to mark the end of the rainy season, Vietnam’s Central Highlands turns yellow at the end of October when 'hoa da quy' (wild sunflowers) appear throughout its forests, valleys and roads, making the city a top destination for visitors looking to admire the fresh bloom and crisp air.  

Situated at about 1,500 meters above sea level, Da Lat exudes its own idyllic vibe and poetic charm. 

Its location in the highlands shields it from super heat and city chaos.

A photo of wild sunflowers glowing in the sunshine at Tuyen Lam Lake, Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

This image shows wild sunflowers glowing in the sunshine at Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

As December nears, Da Lat becomes more crowded as large numbers of tourists retreat to the city to relax and enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty of the wild yellow sunflowers found rising along roads and hills in search of sunlight.

During the blossom, the dark yellow flowers cover small roads, houses, and valleys.

The best time for visitors to enjoy the beauty of Da Lat’s wild sunflowers is from the end of October to November.

An aerial view of yellow wild in a suburban area of Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

An aerial view of wild yellow sunflowers in a suburban area of Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

During this time, the city is shrouded in yellow, creating a unique sense of autumn not often felt in Vietnam.

When the sun is shining, the golden color of flowers blends with the blue sky and dispels cold air from the hilly city. 

In any corner, tourists can easily find bushes of wild sunflowers, considered unique to this windy plateau.

Farmers at Tu Tra Commune, Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province return home after work on a red soil road lined with wild sunflower bushes. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Farmers in Tu Tra Commune, Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province return home after work on a red-soil road lined with wild sunflower bushes. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Unlike colorful and exquisite flowers grown in a garden or flower festivals, the rustic beauty of these unique flowers makes them nearly synonymous with Da Lat.

Though the blossoms last for just a single month, their magic is definitely worth the wait.

A photo of wild sunflower bushes which cover a small slope in An Binh Street, Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A photo of wild sunflower bushes which cover a small slope on An Binh Street, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s eye view of pine forests and wild sunflower hills at the entrance of Tuyen Lam Lake, Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s eye view of pine forests and wild sunflower hills at the entrance of Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers surround a playground in Dalat University, Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers surround a playground in Da Lat University in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Bushes of wild sunflowers in Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Bushes of wild sunflowers in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A resident rides a motorbike along a road lined with wild flower bushes in Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A resident rides a motorbike along a road lined with wild flower bushes in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

The sun highlights the golden color of wild sunflowers on small roads in outlying Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

The sun highlights the golden color of wild sunflowers on small roads in suburban Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Bushes of wild sunflowers spread across a road leading to the tomb of the parents of Nam Phuong, the queen of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam, in Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Bushes of wild sunflowers spread across a road leading to the tomb of the parents of Nam Phuong, the queen of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam, in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A close-up of wild sunflowers in full bloom in Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A close-up of wild sunflowers in full bloom in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Local people ride motorbikes on a red soil road lined with wild sunflower bushes in Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Local people ride motorbikes on a red-soil road lined with wild sunflower bushes in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

An aesthetic photo of Dalat City in the blooming season of wild sunflowers. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

An esthetic photo of Da Lat City in the blooming season of wild sunflowers. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo of yellow wild sunflowers covering a suburban corner of Dalat, Vietnam, in its blooming season. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

An aerial photo of wild yellow sunflowers covering a suburban corner of Da Lat, Vietnam, in its blooming season. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Sunshine highlights the golden color of wild sunflowers in Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Sunshine highlights the golden color of wild sunflowers in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

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