Thu. May 26th, 2022

The northern mountainous province of Yen Bai will hold a culture, sports
and tourism week highlighting terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai district
from September 26-29 to mark 55 years since President Ho Chi Minh
visited the province.

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.-VNA

By vivian