The beauty of Nghia Lo

Posted at: TUEsday - 04/11/2014 10:47 - post name: Ngô Văn Nam

 
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We had the chance to visit Muong Lo field, the second biggest field in Vietnam’s Northeast mountain area when we attend the ceremony to recognize the first Vietnam Heritage Tree in Nghia Lo town of Yen Bai province.

 The field is very famous for its mountain-ebony flowers (Hoa Ban), Muong Lo rice, five-coloured sticky rice (Xôi Ngũ sắc), brocade (thổ cẩm), and lissome Thai dances.

We were very impressed by a vast green valley with mountains surrounding the field. The romantic beauty made us forget all tiredness though we had traveled 200 kilometers from Hanoi.

Arriving at the seven-floored hotel in the town at 1pm when everyone was hungry, we were surprised to be received by all leaders of the town, who had waited us since early morning.

After lunch we visited Suoi Giang in Van Chan district, Yen Bai province where there are ancient tea trees. Located in an area 1,400 meter above the sea level, Suoi Giang enjoys beautiful weather like Sapa and Da Lat. The land and weather bring about very special tea to Suoi Giang.

As H’mong people account for 99 percent of Suoi Giang’s population, their customs and manners affect tea cultivation and process. Conserving ancient tea trees also means preserving the cultural beauties of H’mong people.

Tea trees have so far helped improve the living conditions of people here. Many families even get rich by growing tea trees so they consider tea trees a present of the god.

Many of us found it difficult to say good bye to Suoi Giang’s beautiful landscape and people but we had to come back as it is dangerous to travel in the evening when it became foggy.

The sunset in Muong Lo was very poetic with the image of beautiful Thai girls, Thai children catching grasshoppers, and buffalos coming back after a long day.

We had our dinner in a Thai stilt house and were warmly welcome by beautiful Thai girls.

After dinner we join the opening ceremony of the Muong Lo Cultural, Sports and Tourism week entitled “Muong Lo – the perfume and beauty of Autumn”, which celebrate Nghia Lo’s liberation day (October 18, 1952).

At the ceremony, there was a big show of 1,000 Thai artists performing traditional Thai dances.

VACNE

Translated by Dic

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