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Ha Giang Plateau: Terraces fields, Flower and Stone.

The highland, border province of Ha Giang is located in Vietnam’s northeast region with its wild and magnificent beauty. Ranges of rugged rocky mountains, the narrow paths winding through hills up and down, and the golden rice terraced fields and the seductive buckwheat flower hill all embrace lots of mysteries not yet fully discovered.

Ha Giang is an old land, home to more than 20 ethnic groups living in the region, including the Mong, Tay, Dao, Nung, Giay and otherswho have their own traditional culture, lifestyle and customs, plus exciting festivals for visitors and researchers.

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The Bac Sum Slope with winding mountain roads in Dong Van District.
The region embraces many historical relics and landscapes, such as the Heaven Gate, the Quan Ba double mountains in Quan Ba District; the Mong King’s Vuong Palace, the Lung Cu National Flag Pole in Dong Van District; the Ma Pi Leng Pass in Meo Vac District; the Fairy Fall, the Windy Pass and the Nam Dan ancient stone ground in Xin Man District and the Quang Ngan mineral spring in Vi Xuyen District. They attract many visitors to come for fun or for research.

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The Ma Pi Leng Pass at 1,600-1,800m above sea level is one of “four great passes in the north”.
Visitors to Ha Giang will be immersed in an atmosphere of wild and magnificent beauty with ranges of rugged rocky mountains stretching far beyond the eye, the terraced rice fields looking like paintings which are shining with a golden colour during harvest time, or sparkling in water during field-watering time. Amid the up and down mountainous slopes are grounds of beautiful violet buckwheat flowers. Here and there are houses-on-stilts of the local ethnic residents resting so peacefully with cooking smoke from the kitchens covering the dark green mountains in the later afternoon.

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Tourists contemplate the beauty of violet buckwheat flower fields growing on rocky slopes in Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province.
Beautiful all year round, however the Ha Giang stone plateau shows off its beauty during the season of light violet buckwheat flowers from October-November, mostly in the fields in Pho La, Sung La, Lung Tao and Ma Le. When spring comes, yellow mustard flowers are blooming on the mountain slopes, and pink peach blossoms beside the old mossy house roofs. Their unique and magic beauty fascinate any visitors to the region.

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Terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi in harvest season
Besides, Ha Giang has been known for its terraced rice fields, mostly in Hoang Su Phi District. It is said that the local terraced rice fields were built three to four centuries ago, mostly in the communes of Ban Luoc, San Sa Ho, Ban Phung, Ho Thau, Nam Ty and Thong Nguyen. They are among the country’s most popular beautiful spots and have been recognised as one of the national intangible heritages.

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Hoang Su Phi terraced rice during the water season
Every year, in late September and early October, the terraced rice fields in Hoang Su Phi become golden due to ripening paddies. The rice fields run around the mountain slopes, and ripened rice looks like golden carpets covering the mountain slopes. In the fields, ethnic Mong people are harvesting their rice. The scenery is so peaceful and romantic.

With wild and wild natural scenery as well as unique and diverse cultural characteristics, Ha Giang tourism is a highlight in exploring trips.
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