While most regions in the country are being impacted by restrictions in one form or another, Mu Cang Chai lying deep in the mountains of Yen Bai province seems to be a safe oasis for travellers for the new year.
The north-western district of Mu Cang Chai is known for its breathtaking terraced mountains and its four colourful seasons, from the beginning of the year with blooming flowers and amazing waterfalls, verdant green rice paddies midyear, and a golden harvest towards the end of the year.
The hotspot is a sparsely-populated area that impresses with its outstanding natural landscapes and stairway-like rice terraces which seem to lead directly towards the sky. In addition to its breathtaking natural beauty, Mu Cang Chai is home to some of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, each with their own customs, cuisine, and culture.
To welcome a new promising year, Mu Cang Chai received a certificate from the Prime Minister to recognise it as a national special natural landscape of the country.
Many traditional festivities are organised to welcome the new year as well as to promote traditional handicraft and preserve the region’s cultural identity, including the new rice ritual of the H’mong tribe, sticky-rice cake making contest, and various traditional performances and folk games.
|Photo: Nguyen Thanh Mien |
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