Yen Bai province in the north will organize a cultural and tourism event to show off Mu Cang Chai terraced field to tourists. Mu Cang Chai’s 2,300ha of terraced fields have been cultivated by the H’Mong people for hundreds of years.
The Sac Mau Tay Bac (The Northwest Colour) festival will be held from September 26 to 29 under the framework of the Culture, Sports and Tourism week highlighting the fields, which have been recognised a national landscape. This event is hold to mark 55 years since President Ho Chi Minh visited the province.
Organisers have asked several communes in the areas to prepare to display traditional local products like musical instrument, violet glutinous rice, folk remedy, wines, and “banh day” (a kind of glutinous rice cake). Local ethnic communities will also showcase their traditional brocade, embroidery, honey, tea traditional herbal medicines, and others.
The event offers a chance for ethnic groups in Mu Cang Chai in particular and Yen Bai province in general to look back on their revolutionary tradition and heroic spirit during struggles against the French colonists and American imperialists.
It also aims to promote Mu Cang Chai terraced field, recognised as a national scenic site, as well as the unique cultural identities of the Mong ethnic group to both domestic and foreign tourists.
A string of activities will be held, including a sport festival, a photo exhibition themed “Mu Cang Chai – golden stairs”, a mountainous market, and contests of making Day cake (round cake from glutinous rice) and rice field ploughing. Tours to the district’s communes will be offered during the event.
Terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai are beautiful all the year round. Visitors in March are treated to the sight of glittering ponds. Locals transplant rice seedlings from April to May. After that, all hills are covered by an everlasting green. The fields start to turn yellow with ripe rice from early September.
The fields are visible from virtually everywhere in the district as they expand over 2,200ha, including around 500ha in Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan and De Xu Phinh communes. The terraced fields in these villages were recognised as a national heritage in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Rice fields are not only a source of food and income for the Mong; they are an intrinsic part of their culture and of Mu Cang Chai, which is itself a quiet district on the bank of the Nam River.
In addition to terraced fields, Mu Cang Chai was blessed with beautiful flora and fauna and outstanding geographic features, including vast mountain ranges with high peaks which have protected the people for ages.
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