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 Dalat city - The center of political, economic, cultural - socio of Lam Dong province

Da Lat, a young city located on Tay Nguyen, has become a common place for Vietnamese people and international visitors. Da Lat was formed in 1983 when Dr. Alexandre Yersin set foots on Lam Vien plateau and thanks to that, he had a very convincing idea when Paul Doumer, the governor general of French Indochina, looked for a high location to create a resort. Since then, Da Lat city was gradually formed and also had its ups and downs.
Da Lat is located in Langbiang highland with the average height above sea level of about 1,500m. Coordinates: 108019’23’’ E to 108036’27’’ E  11048’36’’ N to 12001’07’’ N. Da Lat is on the Northeast side of Lam Dong Province, without common administrative borders with the contiguous provinces. It is bound by Lac Duong District to the north, Don Duong District to the east and southeast, Lam Ha District to the west and Duc Trong District to the southwest.
Since the establishment, Da Lat has become a well-known center of resort and tourism. With the advantageous natural condition for constructing a new city, the native residents and the group of other regional residents of Viet Nam as well as the European, Chinese, etc. have constructed Da Lat city as it is nowadays.
The French paid attention to agricultural production during the first years of the conversion of waste lands into cultivated lands. The first agricultural station established in 1897, with 16.67 square hectare in area in Dankia was controlled by Mr. Jacquet. This station planted many kinds of temperate vegetables, and fruits such as: asparagus, lettuce, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, artichoke, strawberries, beans, onions, industrial crops, fruit trees like pears, peaches and so on; and a lot of kinds of flowers like roses, Dahlia, carnations, violets, marguerite, etc.
Da Lat city is 39,106 ha in area, including 25,646 ha of forest land at a rate of 73.9%. The general characteristic of the flora of Da Lat is the three-leafed pine forests alternated with broad-leafed forests. Because of the special geographic position and a purebred population of pine forest, Da Lat forest is considered as forest landscape for tourism - resorts. Consequently, the socio-economic development programs of Da Lat city from the past to the present have insisted on preserving the natural landscape, exploiting the strength of natural climatic conditions for tourism - resorts development. It affirms that Da Lat is special-use forest under protection and development rather than focusing on exploitation of forest products.
In 1897, Doctor Alexandre Yersin proposed to the Governor-general Paul Doumer to choose Lang Biang Plateau as a place to establish a highland resort for the governmental institutions of French colony in Indochina. Governor-general Paul Doumer reported this suggestion and quickly decided to go to Lang Biang Plateau personally for a fact-finding trip and then decided to implement the original plan.
Before the 20th century, when the Lam Vien plateau was still empty land, resident used the tracks to move and trade with the villages together or they could move to the coastal plains. On the days of fair each year, many people’s ethnic minority often moved to the coastal plains in order to exchange goods with each other, and their journey could extend during a month. They brought these products from the mountain such as the wild beast, the bee's honey, the cattle and the agricultural products to exchange rice, white salt, dried fish and farming tool.
The crafts of the old Dalat natives mainly demanded for many agricultural activities and some basic living needs. They were forging, forest exploitation, weaving, and knitting.
Before the 20th century, when the Lam Vien plateau was still empty land, resident used the tracks to move and trade with the villages together or they could move to the coastal plains. On the days of fair each year, many people’s ethnic minority often moved to the coastal plains in order to exchange goods with each other, and their journey could extend during a month. They brought these products from the mountain such as the wild beast, the bee's honey, the cattle and the agricultural products to exchange rice, white salt, dried fish and farming tool.
In 1918, the Da Lat first power plant (power station) with 50kW output capacity and low voltage line were constructed to provide power primary for offices and Lac Hotel (Hotel du Lac).
Water supply system of Da Lat was built in the early period of city formation. In the past, the city's water supply was resolved by using a portion of the Cam Ly Stream, through Than Tho Lake and Xuan Huong Lake. After 1975, water supply was supplemented with Chien Thang Lake and Dan Kia Lake. Currently, Da Lat city is supplied by three water plants in Than Tho Lake, Xuan Huong Lake and Golden Stream, with a total maximum capacity of 31,000m3.
“ I always desire to explore, to discover an unknown land; when we are young, we always imagine strange things to appear, and nothing is impossible to do”
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