Referring to Mu Cang Chai, people think of terraced fields stretching like stairs to the sky. The rare masterpiece in wet rice civilization in Vietnam has been created by human hands to adapt to the soil, climate and irrigation conditions bestowed by nature.
The history of terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai is closely linked to the history of residence of the Mong ethnic group - the makers of the first terraced fields, the first resident of this land.
According to geological researchers, the terrain of Mu Cang Chai is a strongly divided, with a large slope, the land is mainly red yellow feralite soil. This explains why the Mong people have to take advantage of low hills with large areas, moderate slope, and both rain and water from streams leading from high elevations to low fields to form terraced fields.
This is an elaborate and laborious process. The excavation work continued from year to year, from generation to generation, creating fields like a monumental art picture hanging on the slopes.
Appearing in poverty at the remote place; now, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields not only attract the attention of domestic people but also foreign tourists’ attention.
The image of terraced fields not only appears on film reports but also on display in art exhibitions and photos of domestic and foreign photographers. But those who have had the opportunity to see firsthand all confess that they will return here. Because the beauty of Mu Cang Chai is always new. That is the special attraction of Mu Cang Chai.
For Mu Cang Chai people and Mu Cang Chai lovers, the national beauty is not only located in 3 communes: Che Cu Nha, De Xu Phinh, La Pan Tan but all of Mu Cang Chai is in "special" landscapes, by Mu Cang Chai also contains many beauty, interesting things waiting to be discovered.
In 2007, the unique terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai were officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as national landscapes. This is an important and memorable milestone.
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