When mountains of gold glitter in the sun

  •  Thursday, January 16, 2020

The terraced rice fields of Mu Cang Chai in the northwestern province of Yen Bai are a dazzling sight during the harvest season in October.

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A corner of Suoi Giang tourist site.

Located at a height of nearly 1,400m above the sea level, Suoi Giang has a cool weather around the year. The average temperature in the area is lower than the rest of Van Tran district and Nghia Lo township by 8-10 degrees Celsius.

Mong girl standing beside a tao meo tree branch on a ripe rice field is a unique image of Mu Cang Chai in autumn.

Autumn is the harvesting season of “tao meo” (also known as son tra (Docynia indica, a kind of pome) – a specialty fruit in the Northwestern mountainous region. In Yen Bai, tao meo is mostly cultivated in Mu Cang Chai and Tram Tau districts.

Athletes at the 2020 “discovering Mu Cang Chai” half marathon.

Mu Cang Chai terraced field run is a race for marathon lovers. They can challenge themselves across wild and harsh mountain passes and peaceful villages lying on high mountains, while getting immersed in the fresh air, the nature, and the aroma of ripening rice at the special national relic site of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields in Yen Bai province.

Tourists experience the daily life of Mong people in Mu Cang Chai.

Amid the complicated developments of COVID-19 pandemic, in order to protect the “green zone” status for the province, Yen Bai has restricted locals from traveling outside the locality as well as people from other localities from entering the province. Many local families have chosen to visit sites in the province to ensure safety and enjoy their vacations in weekends.

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