Terraced Field In Mu Cang Chai

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Mu Cang Chai is situated within 3 communes: Lan Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh in Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province. Mu Cang Chai is approached by 32 Highway, across Khau Pha Pass. On October, Mu Cang Chai is covered by the yellow color of rice which stretches all over the hills indefinitely.
Climbing to Trong Tong village in La Pan Tan commune, people can admire the panoramic view of the whole magnificent scenery of the terraced field. The terraces look like leading steps to the heaven where the sky is clear, blue and pure.

H’mong people do farming in spring and summer. The best season to capture the most wonderful scene of the rice field is October. Due to the steep slopes, the field is divided into many narrow terraces. The difference between the lower and upper terraces is around 1 metre – 1.5 metre. Water for the rice is led from a headwater stream which is passed through a hollow tree. Ethnic people create contour plots by using water as wave balance. The hollows are covered, the higher places are flattened. Therefore, the whole ground has the same level of water and height.

Mu Cang Chai town is still primitive with small wooden houses which are almostly resided by ethnic people and the houses stand solely on the hills. The ethnic people cultivate and harvest manually themselves without farming machine or buffalo’s force.

Rice growing is the main cultivation for living of ethnic people. Due to local topography and natural conditions, local people have to create the different method of cultivation for growing rice and that accidently makes it become a stunning and marvelous scene.

On the spring days, Mu Cang Chai turns into a mysterious place with the hills and the field cover with clouds and flowers, which make it look like an aquarelle. The only thing that can be seen clearly is the cotton white clouds bathing the whole area. Because of high altitude, the weather here changes quickly from cloudy to sunny. That’s also the special characteristics that appeal many people to experience.
Mu Cang Chai is not only beautiful for its green forest, golden rice field but also beautiful for its residents who have pure soul and nature of hospitality. People visiting the ethnic villages in the cold winter days will be welcome with big smiles and good food that can lighten their days.

In recent years, Mu Cang Chai has become the popular destination for both domestic and foreign travellers, especially backpackers. They love to travel on motorbikes or bicycles to admire the spectacular scene of mountainous area and harmonize with the breath of the mother nature. The people and nature in Mu Cang Chai have been fascinating many tourists and artists to come.
In October 2007, terrace field in Mu Cang Chai was recognized as National Relics by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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