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[Photos] A "Sakura" Time in Lac Duong

'Mai anh dao," or wild Himalayan cherry flower trees, are in the best blossoms in Lam Dong Province for a few short weeks from the end of January until mid February.

There are more than 3,000 such trees around Lac Duong, mostly along downtown street. And just a few kilometers from Da Lat, one can find the pink color along the whole of National Road 20 to Duc Trong District, or along National Road 27C to Lac Duong.

The pink hills are thanks to the K'Ho ethnic community that plant the trees. overcoming hundreds of meters of bumpy roads which are frequently used by local farmers to travel to their plantations, in recent years tourists have flocked to this area to find the pink petals among the coffee hills.

Call it a desire to see the pink flowers, the thirst for some good pictures on social media, or the lure of spring, more and more people visit Da Lat these days. Perhaps a new custom is on its way, resembling the Hanami (or “flower viewing”) tradition in Japan.

Wild Himalayan cherry blossoms on the hills in Lac Duong District, Lam Dong.

Only discovered in recent years, the cherry flower "forest" in Lac Duong has become a popular destination for flower-watchers

A country home among the blossoms.

A couple takes a "wefie" under the cherry blossoms. Cherry flower season is among the favorite time for couples to travel to Da Lat.

Like the sakura season in Japan, Vietnamese people seem to be gradually developing a "sakura" season of their own

To get to the hills of cherry blossoms, motorbikes are the only choice due to the bumpy, steep dirt roads.

Resting time for the puppy.

Kids from the K'Ho ethnic group enjoy their time with the flowers.

Tourists stop along National Road 20 on the way to Da Lat to get their photos with the blossoms.

Early blossoms on Da Quy Road in Da Lat.

A girl has her friend capture a portrait with the flowers, which is likely to be posted on social media later.

Wild Himalayan cherry flowers along National Road 20 from Da Lat to Cau Dat.