Shan tea village of red Dzao tribe in Ha Giang

Nga Do
Among the highest latitudes of Vietnam, Ha Giang is undoubtedly a great destination for the sightseeing of grandiose mountainous landscapes. It takes more than 3 hours, over the length of more than 60 km of slope from Bac Quang to the West to reach the ancient tea area, But there are hundreds of bends, perhaps only in the upland district of Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang). From the top of Tay Con Linh, the ancient tea forests appear in the early morning mist, stretching to immense, we have a feeling like lost in the fairyland.

Phin Ho Village, about 36 km from the center of Hoang Su Phi District has the area of 77 ha and is home to 44 households with 238 Dao people. As a most remote mountainous village in Thong Nguyen Commune, but Phin Ho Village is one of most richest villages in the commune, because villagers exploited available potentials and strengths to develop economy and built a community-based tourism culture village combining with new rural development.

Most specific feature of Phin Ho Village is hundreds-year-old Shan Tuyet tea trees. Thanks to favor of the nature, climate in Phin Ho is cool and fresh around year. Together with abundant water resource, these are good conditions for development of tea trees.

The village has a total of nearly 50 ha of 50 to 150-year-old Shan Tuyet tea trees. The old Shan Tuyet tea trees attached with the villagers since they were born, so each villager always has awareness of preserving and considers Shan Tuyet teas as an indispensable culture feature of Dao people in Phin Ho Village. Be preserved, cared and grown on the mountain covered by cloud all year, so quality of tea leaves are always delicious and pure. Thanks to these features, Shan Tuyet tea has been well-known for a long time.

Tea leaves are often harvested in the spring because in this time, tea buds are purest and have deepest flavor.

Traditional culture in Phin Ho has been kept intactly, such as fire dance festival of Red Dao people held in the first lunar month. Besides, Dao people in Phin Ho also preserve many other traditional features as cap sac festival (for adult men), duo of love song, traditional dances...

With its own specific products, Phin Ho has many advantages to become a typical community-based tourism culture village combining with new rural development. This will be basis to make Phin Ho become an attractive destination and improve the lives of local people.

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