Carpet of wild sunflowers on the majestic Chu Dang Ya volcano

The hidden gem in the Central Highlands – Chu Dang Ya volcano – is an attractive destination for tourists in Gia Lai with carpets of wild sunflowers blooming in yellow.

 

Carpet of wild sunflowers on the majestic Chu Dang Ya volcanoRoad to Chu Dang Ya volcano seen from above - Photo: THE DUNG

Road to Chu Dang Ya volcano seen from above – Photo: THE DUNG

The Central Highlands this season is bright yellow with wild sunflowers, growing most on the roadside, on hills and mountainsides. At Chu Dang Ya, Gia Lai, wild sunflowers bloom from the end of October to the end of December every year.

Chu Dang Ya (in the local language, it means wild ginger root) – located about 30km north of Pleiku city, Gia Lai in Ia Gri village, Chu Dang Ya commune, Chu Pah district. This mountain is hidden among vast green forests and has been inactive for millions of years.

Sunrise on the volcano - Photo: THE DUNG

Sunrise on the volcano – Photo: THE DUNG

Chu Dang Ya glows brightly and majestically as the sun gradually rises - Photo: THE DUNG

Chu Dang Ya glows brightly and majestically as the sun gradually rises – Photo: THE DUNG

Chu Dang Ya is in the wild sunflower festival season, taking place from November 10 to 13 with many diverse activities. Visitors can admire flowers, climb mountains, enjoy gong culture and native cuisine such as bamboo-tube rice, grilled chicken or wine.

On the way to Chu Dang Ya volcano, visitors can see ancient trees, including beds of corn, potatoes, pumpkins or arrowroot grown by farmers on fertile basalt soil. Arrowroot is considered the main crop in this volcanic area, because it can withstand drought.

Wild sunflowers bloom, dyeing shiny gold on both sides of the road leading to the foot of the hill, and stretching endlessly to the crater, beautifying the natural scenery of Chu Dang Ya even more impressive.

Standing on Chu Dang Ya crater, the landscape appears so peaceful. Tourists’ troubles seem to disappear when they are captivated by the carpets of yellow wild sunflowers.

“I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed when looking at the characteristic yellow color of wild sunflowers around the slopes of Chu Dang Ya volcano” – photographer The Dung shared.

A photographer composes photos of wild sunflower season - Photo: THE DUNG

A photographer composes photos of wild sunflower season – Photo: THE DUNG

Peaceful sky in the highlands - Photo: THE DUNG

Peaceful sky in the highlands – Photo: THE DUNG

Wild sunflower patch on the mountainside - Photo: THE DUNG

Wild sunflower patch on the mountainside – Photo: THE DUNG

A corner of Chu Dang Ya hill covered with a carpet of wild sunflowers seen from a corn field - Photo: THE DUNG

A corner of Chu Dang Ya hill covered with a carpet of wild sunflowers seen from a corn field – Photo: THE DUNG

Chu Dang Ya wild sunflowers show off their yellow color. Wild sunflowers, also known as chrysanthemums or sunflowers, belong to the daisy family, are orange-yellow in color, and usually bloom in late fall and early winter - Photo: THE DUNG

Chu Dang Ya wild sunflowers show off their yellow color. Wild sunflowers, also known as chrysanthemums or sunflowers, belong to the daisy family, are orange-yellow in color, and usually bloom in late fall and early winter – Photo: THE DUNG

Wild sunflower patch on the hillside - Photo: THE DUNG

Wild sunflower patch on the hillside – Photo: THE DUNG

Flowers swaying in the wind - Photo: THE DUNG

Flowers swaying in the wind – Photo: THE DUNG

The scenery of Chu Dang Ya is breathtakingly beautiful during wildflower season - Photo: THE DUNG

The scenery of Chu Dang Ya is breathtakingly beautiful during wild sunflower season – Photo: THE DUNG

Ia Gri village at the foot of Chu Dang Ya volcano. Tourists easily get to know the innocent children in this ancient village - Photo: THE DUNG

Ia Gri village at the foot of Chu Dang Ya volcano. Tourists easily get to know the innocent children in this ancient village – Photo: THE DUNG

Rice harvest season - Photo: THE DUNG

Rice harvest season – Photo: THE DUNG

Chu Dang Ya volcano seen from afar - Photo: THE DUNG

Chu Dang Ya volcano seen from afar – Photo: THE DUNG

In addition to tourists, photographers often check-in to Chu Dang Ya during wildflower season to capture the most beautiful moments. This is also the ideal place for young people to take a set of wedding photos with the unique characteristics of the Central Highlands.

According to Mr. The Dung, “Hang Thong Road – Bien Ho Tea Garden – Chu Dang Ya Volcano” is considered a beautiful route like “a fairyland” in Gia Lai when choosing to go to Chu Dang Ya volcano.

With this route, visitors start from Bien Ho Crossroads toward Kon Tum about 3km, turn onto Le Van Sy Street, passing by famous landmarks such as the road with 2 rows of beautiful ancient pine trees, the tea garden. Lush green, Buu Minh pagoda with reclining Buddha statue and romantic Tan Son dam.

Tourists continue to move to the intersection of Nghia Hung – Chu Jôr commune road, then turn left about 5km to reach Chu Dang Ya volcano.

A road to the volcano - Photo: THE DUNG

A road to the volcano – Photo: THE DUNG

In addition to the yellow wild sunflowers, visitors can also see Gia Lai’s “golden season” with the yellow cassia flowers, blooming all over Gia Lai’s roads in the autumn weather.

Young girl walking in the middle of the yellow cassia flower season in Bau Can, Gia Lai - Photo: THE DUNG

Young girl walking in the middle of the yellow cassia flower season in Bau Can, Gia Lai – Photo: THE DUNG

In addition to Chu Dang Ya volcano, other famous tourist destinations in Gia Lai that cannot be missed include the peaceful beauty of Tonle Sap Lake (T’Nung Lake, Pleiku), Yaly Hydroelectric Power Plant (Chu Pah district), Bien Ho Lake. Poetic tea (Chu Pah district) or majestic Phu Cuong waterfall (Chu Se district).

Gia Lai is in the cold, sunny autumn, the weather is mild with a gentle breeze and bright yellow wild sunflowers and cassia flowers as if inviting tourists to wander around this mountainous street.