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Mu Cang Chai terraced fields – Yen Bai

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields like the waves of “golden waves” winding all over the hillside, the other layer to the end of the other endless, stretching on an area of about 3,500ha. Of which, 500ha is distributed in 3 communes: La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, De Xu Phinh (Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province) has been recognized national attraction since 2007.

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields - Yen Bai
Mu Cang Chai terraced fields – Yen Bai

Characteristics of Mu Cang Chai terraces

Situated on the southwest slope of the Hoang Lien Son Range, with an average elevation of over 1000m above sea level, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are the convergence of traditional cultural values of Mong people in upland areas.  Their long experience and creativity are evident from the selection of the land, to the elaborate process of cultivation, which forms a cultivating way of farming between the fields and rice fields.

Due to the sloping terrain, Mu Cang Chai  have a narrow width, so the difference from the upper field plot to the lower field plot is only from 1m to 1.5m, while it requires the field surface and the water footprint of the rice paddies. Must be equal, so that when the water on, every step is balanced. Therefore, when the field is used, the Mong people use the moth to scratch the ground, use their feet to stomp and use the threshing force to compress the shore, creating smooth lines.

Mu Cang Chai terraces are used to collect water from the upper slots; if they need to cross the valley, the Mong people use big trees to cut the gut to make the gutters. The water from the top to the bottom is also in a way that is not connected (ie, the first will be on the shore, the lower part will be in the middle, the next will be at the shore) to minimize when there is. Heavy floods create strong currents that break the bank and wash away the fertilize of the soil.

And to create a level for each piece of land, the Mong people use water to make a balanced line, the rug is used to muck the rake is raised, the height is reduced to the shore, so the fields around the hill. The same water level and altitude, forming the stairs are all over the hills …

These works continued from one generation to the next, gradually developing into a vast Mu Cang Chai terraced field, like the great art of hills around the hills. The “golden raspberry“, “green raspberry” show up magnificent amidst thousands of mountains and forests of the Northwest like to rise to heaven and earth, and show the warm life of the people.

Mu Cang Chai terraced field festival

Every year, Week of Culture – Tourism Spectacular Mu Cang Chai terraced fields is celebrated in the rainy season (September), people of different ethnic groups go down the mountain to meet, meet and exchange. Domestic and foreign visitors also come here to admire the terraced fields of blooming golden color, and participate in a series of cultural events such as high-altitude market, terraced rice terraces exhibition in Mu Cang Chai, penguin boutiques, Mongolian goats, goat goats … and national sports such as throwing, throwing, spinning, crossbow shooting, pulling, push rods.

Ecotourism will include activities such as conquering the Pung Luong Peak, exploring Lao Chai Ancient Reef, discovering Che Tao primitive forest, Mo Ca 3-Level Forest (Moid), hot springs and caves. In Nam Khat, ancient tea forests La Pan Tan. Especially, in recent years, there are also flying paragliding performances at 3 stops on the Khau Pha pass, players are just watching the terraced Mu Cang Chai golden rice terraces with magnificent mountains and forests, but also feel excited. High altitude when flying in the air.

Homestay tours in Mu Cang Chai – It’s Amazing, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the values ​​of ethnic culture in the Nam Kim village (Mu Cang Chai town), La Pan Tan (La Pan Tan), Lang village Sang (Nam Khat). Here, visitors will eat together, stay in the Mong, Thai family; learn the characteristics of living and working; enjoy ethnic dishes and local produce (cat apple, honey forest …); join traditional crafts (cooking rice wine, iron forging, brocade weaving …).

Mu Cang Chai terraces demonstrates the wonders and dexterity of the people in the process of improving nature, creating spectacular beauty; along with strong cultural identity, making it more and more popular; then come to the appointment of visitors again, immersed in the same season of ripe yellow rice over the mountains. In addition, according to travel experience Mu Cang Chai, the season of water poured on the terraced fields in May, June will also make visitors admire the unique beauty, sparkling color.