When the hot summer is over, it is the time for autumn colors appearing at the terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai).
The masterpiece of labor hand
The formation of the terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai is attrached with the residence history of Mong ethnics – the author of the terraced rice fields and the first residents of this land.
The terraced field is a farming method combining well the swidden cultivation with the water rice fields. Exploiting the terraced fields is a complicated process requiring a lot of labor. Based on the experiences of the ethnics, the place with an average slope and the water source is suitable for exploting.
After choosing a good land, the next step is establishing the right of recourse. The ethnic people can stack stones up to 1 meter or cut down the top of some big trees in this land as a signal to establish the right of recourse.
When mobilizing enough forces and good weather condition, the exploitation will occur. It often takes place in the spring (about in January, Febuary and March) in order to let water out to use in April and May.
To make the terraced fields, first of all we need to eliminate all the grasses and small trees to clean up the land, and then move all the big roots to make the field flat. This step is very important because it is related to the ability of water preservation and distribution in all over the field.
A standard field must require 2 basic criteria: the field surface and the water source to immerse rice trees. The Mong ethnics here has met 2 criteria in a very hard condition to ensure the water rice cultivation on the hills and in the foot hills.
The next step is making field bank. In the terraced field system, the field bank is the most important element playing a role as “a wall” keeping the water.
The attractive destination for tourists
Every September and October, tourists pass through Khau Pha pass, one of the four best passes in Vietnam, to come to Mu Cang Chai to be immersed in the colorful space of the ripe rice season.
Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) is about 300km from Hanoi. This place is known as one of the best places to admire the poetic ripe rice fields which attract many tourists and photographers. At the middle of September, the yellow color begin to cover all the forests in northwest season.
At that time, the weather is quite comfortable and cool, creating a ideal condition for backpackers to conquer the dangerous mountainous routes and admire the great and wild scenes of earth and sky.
In overview of the landscape from above, Mu Cang Chai is beautiful as a picture. This place has the average height of more than 1000 meters from the sea level and the achievement of convergence in the traditionally cultural values of H’Mong ethnic in the mountainous region.
The way to Mu Cang Chai is quite far. To get there, the tourists must go through the dangerous passes. However, when admiring the beautiful scene, you will feel all weariness worthy. The northwest land always has a charming beauty which you cannot resist.
The terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai is very wide and has an eye-catching yellow color in the ripe rice season, making everyone want to admire once.
This place processes the route where you go many times, you are still surprised in front of the beautiful scene in dream. The small houses in the middle of the mountain are the familiar image on the terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai.
The terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai stretch up to the top and lokk like the yellow waves winding around the hillside, one after another, endlessly.
On the ripe rice fields, the image of ethnic minority people collecting rice sometimes appears. They work in small group, not busy and hurry up like the atmosphere of the harvesting season in the lowland. The stubbles make the picture of yellow harvests more perfect and cozier.
In addition to admiring the beautiful natural landscape, you can also discover the culture of ethinc minority and be immersed in their life or play with the innocient children in here.
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