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In the Valley of Love | Look At Vietnam

In the Valley of Love

May 20, 2012
Among
well-known tourist attractions in Dalat City, the Thung lung tinh ye or
Valley of Love appeals to abundant arrivals thanks to its romantic
landscapes.

 

The
plateau which is now known as Dalat City was discovered by French
bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin and was mapped in 1893. In the middle of
the 1910s, the urban area of Dalat was formed and gradually became a
resort center for French governmental officials and the rich French
people in Indochina. In 1930, the French named the green and romantic
valley “Vallé d’Amour” (“Thung Lng Tình Yêu” in Vietnamese and “Valley
of Love” in English). In the reign of King Bao Dai, the region was
called the Valley of Peace. Since 1953, it has recovered the name of
Valley of Love until nowadays. In 1972, a dam was built and Da Thien
Lake came into being. In 1998, the Da Thien Lake – Valley of Love was
recognized as a national landscape.

The attraction of the landmark is from natural and romantic features
of a green and charming space. The reclamation and investment of humans
also add more fascinating features for guests to contemplate sceneries
there. From a hill of flowers and green trees to tiny paths draw many
couples in love to come. Arriving at the valley, travelers will see the
image of two pairs of hands exchanging rings, a statue of couples
affectionate to each other, or even benches symbolizing well-match
couples.

Covering 242 hectares, the Valley of Love is an ideal venue for those
who love picnicking and camping. Poetic landscapes plus melodious
sounds of the pine forest in the wind, and the 13-hectare Da Thien Lake
make the scene there more stunning.

The Valley of Love has been chosen to host many interesting events
such as the Valentine’s Day (February 14), the Kissing Festival in 2008
attracting the participation of 500 couples, or the Dancing Festival in
2009. Since 2011, a special park, the Rose Park, which is a garden of
rose flowers of various colors, has been built on a romantic hill. There
are iron frames designed into two hearts as a place for couples to make
vows as well as append the love padlocks. And the keys are thrown into
the lake in the center of the park near the statue of love.
At the
foot of the hill is Da Thien Lake whose water is clear amidst the
beautiful greenery. Many couples hire boats to hang around on the lake,
and then sit under the shade of the immense pine forest to speak softly
love to each other. The hill in the valley is covered by green grass and
pine trees where guests can enjoy their private dreamland. Another path
leads tourists to Mimosa Stream flowing from the downstream of Da Thien
Dam surrounded by mimosa flowers. It is a heaven on earth as visitors
can listen to the singing of the stream while smelling the scents of
flowers.

The Valley of Love is deserved to be called a place imbrued with love
thanks to its natural beauty. The road around Da Thien Lake is covered
with shade trees and leads to Eden Hill, where there are a small garden,
tiny tents, and tables and chairs made from stumps. Sitting on this
hill, visitors can see the entire lake sparkling below.

In the Valley of Love, tourists can indulge themselves in the nature
and let their minds drift away with the pine trees’ songs. For those who
want to discover and conquer the height, they can go trekking or hire a
car riding to Vong Canh Hill. Crossing through zigzag paths to reach
Vong Canh Hill, tourists will contemplate a panoramic view of the Valley
of Love full of pine trees, flowers and lawns.

On Vong Canh Hill, guests can witness the perfume production process
of Miss Dalat Company and visit its perfume showroom. Travelers can buy
original souvenirs and over 100 types of perfume there. Leaving Vong
Canh Hill, tourists can take a walk around the valley and visit souvenir
shops to select their favorite gifts.
Many couples, even those who
have cohabited for almost all their lives, often go hand in hand to the
Valley of Love as though this were an exclusive venue for them only.
Many love promises have turned out to be beautiful love stories from
this love valley.

SGT
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