Sa Pa terraced rice fields

Sapa terraced rice fields are rice cultivation on the slopes of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains of 1,500 meters (4921 feet) steep, fertile ground by rotted stone granite and mountain cliffs that hold water in Sa Pa District, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam. The local ethnic minority people planted paddy and built paddy fields one by one from bottom to almost at the top of the mountain.

Sapa terraced rice fields look from a distance into a beautiful natural panorama and keep the tourists staying for a while to admire. The color of panorma however changes seasonally which shows the most enchanting charms when new plants begin where green rice grows and the land is fertile with ripe rice.

Xvlor Sa Pa terraced rice fields are farming on slopes of Hoang Lien Son Mountains Sa Pa terraced rice fields are farming on slopes of Hoang Lien Son Mountains
In April and May when people flood their fields fully to prepare new plants where the surface of the field becomes a terraced pond and shines like a mirror. The deep blue in the high sky above and the green forest around it create a spectacular contrast.

In June and July, terraced rice paddies and forests have spread to all regions where the valleys to the top of the mountain disappear in the mist. A verdant rice garden in a terraced area as a unique creation that can not be found anywhere else.

In September and October when autumn ends it is prosperity throughout the region where the rice in all terraced rice terraces gives gold color. The terraced rice fields look like gold silk scarves flying over the winds above the green slopes.

The rice terraces have appeared in Sapa for hundreds of years built by H'mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, Muong, Thai, Hoa and Xa Pho tribes from one generation to the next. Rice fields have increased ethnicity up to now in the context of difficult life and severe climatic conditions such as Sapa and generally in the Northwestern highlands of Vietnam.

The topography of the mountains is very different as it is done in the delta area and agriculture takes advantage of the conditions of the various mountains in the Northwest Zone and Sapa which have been regarded as the most efficient yet suitable highland agriculture approach for a long time.

The traditional villages are scattered around a terrace with several small wooden houses constructed harmoniously and naturally beautiful panoramic views of Sapa. The rice terraces with oblique angles and the narrow passages above bring unique and beautiful scenery like stairs to the sky.

Location: Sa Pa District, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam

Routes and public transport: Flights to Điện Biên Phủ Airport at Điện Biên Phủ City or Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi City, then by train or bus.

Sa Pa District is located 380 kilometers northwest of Hanoi City. The train from Honoi for 8 hours trip and has many classes where tickets can be booked online. Other modes are sleeper bus and express bus. Sa Pa terraced rice fields are farming on slopes of Hoang Lien Son Mountains

Xvlor Sa Pa terraced rice fields are farming on slopes of Hoang Lien Son Mountains

Advice: Ask for permission, smile, lower your head and raise the camera to ask if you are photographing ethnic minorities. Bring raincoats, rubber boots and trekking shoes. Buy handicrafts and rent guides directly to ethnic minorities.

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