Japanese cherry trees in Bac Ha town, Lao Cai province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The central city of Da Nang received 100 cherry trees as a gift from the Japan Sakura (cherry blossom) Exchange Association on February 24, the Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) daily reported.

Fifty cherry blossom branches will also be delivered to Da Nang on a direct flight from Japan’s Narita city on April 8, one day ahead of the first-ever cherry blossom festival in the Vietnamese city.

The two-day festival aims to tighten relations between Da Nang and Japan.

This year, Da Nang is set to build a Vietnam – Japan exchange centre and open two high-end hotels invested by Japanese entrepreneurs.

It will also launch a boat tour from Da Nang Bay through the Co Co River to Hoi An in neighbouring Quang Nam province, retracing the two countries’ old trade route.-VNA