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Mu Cang Chai terraced fields

Mù Cang Chải Rice Terrace Fields is rice field on the mountain slopes of Hoang Lien Son in La Pan Tan Village, Che Cu Nha Village and De Xu Phinh Village in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. The local community is mainly Mong ethnic minority for generations utilizing steep features, fertile soil and mountain cliffs that store water to grow rice and build terraced fields.

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are a living heritage by the Mong ethnicity from generation to generation that make the terraced fields like today. Rice fields and cultural practices typical of local ethnic minority groups have created the uniqueness of locality. They built the stairs one by one from the bottom in the river to almost to the top of the mountains as a medium to grow crops.

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Mù Cang Chải rice terrace fields stretches across 2,200 hectares on a 1,000-meter-high mountain slope. One of the problems faced by the local people is to keep the ground water source to grow rice on the slopes. The terraced field has a narrow width, so the difference between plots is 1 meter to 1.5 meters.

The source of water comes from the upper stream and waterfall where the bamboo is cut in half and is used as a means to move water by using natural gravity to the fields. Water is moved to the first terrace then the gate is opened to make water flow to the next terrace. This process avoids flooding in fields and maintains soil fertility.

The beauty of the panoramas is transformed seasonally where the terraced rice fields look like natural images whose color changes over time. The most enchanting charm when the new plant starts with the whole view is the growing green rice and when the plant is ready to be harvested with the whole view is the golden rice.

In April and May, the local people inundated the fields in full to prepare for the new plant, the terraced plane surface shining like a glittery mirror that contrasts with the reddish brown earth, the sky blue and the green forest around it. The embankment surrounding the terrace looks like a thread.

In June and July, terraced rice fields and perfectly grown forest trees spread green throughout the area, from foot to mountaintop before disappearing in the fog. The green color of rice is planted on a terraced plot as a unique creation made by hand that can not be found elsewhere.

In September and October, when autumn ends it is prosperity in all areas where rice in all the terraced fields is ready to harvest and colored gold. The terraced rice fields look like gold silk scarves flying over the winds above the green slopes.

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Location: La Pan Tan Village, Che Cu Nha Village and De Xu Phinh Village in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Điện Biên Phủ Airport in Điện Biên Phủ Town, then travel overland to Mu Cang Chai. Alternate flights to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi City, then travel overland to Mu Cang Chai for 350 kilometers.

Advice: Accommodation is available at Mu Cang Chai Town, but it is highly recommended to stay overnight with locals or stay in wooden houses on stage to accommodate tourists. The facilities are basic but clean, allowing contacts, and sharing local life in general.



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