The white flowers of the bauhinia variegata trees are attracting a lot of people to Da Lat in January.
The town’s Quang Trung Street is lined by the trees that have shed all their leaves, leaving just the flowers on its branches. Cameras and smartphones are out in force at this time.
The flowers and fruits foreground a corner of the Lam Dong Post Office on Tran Phu Street.
Here, the white blooms are seen against the green canopy of pine trees.
This year, the flowers of the white orchid tree have joined Da Lat’s famed cherry blossoms.
Sunny blue skies interspersed with white clouds are a great backdrop to the mostly bare branches of a white orchid tree in bloom.
Locals say that these trees were planted in Da Lat in 2007 and many have now reached 10-12 m in height.
The flower has five petals with small stamens and usually grows near the tips of the branches. Their nectar attracts many insects.
The flowering branches frame the steeple of the Con Ga Church, an old French architectural vestige on Tran Phu Street.
A couple poses with a white orchid tree on Tran Phu Street. The flowers usually bloom from early spring to summer.
A telecom tower at the Lam Dong Post Office seen through the jutting and blooming branches of a white orchid tree.
Apart from Da Lat, travelers can enjoy the beauty of the flower in the northwestern part of the country.