Terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai (Source:VNA)
Yen Bai (VNA) – A cultural-tourism week honouring terraced paddy fields was launched with a ceremony in Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai on September 18.

At the ceremony, about 300 ethnic H’Mong artists performed music featuring the “khen” , a traditional bamboo instrument.

During the week, which runs until September 20, there will be a paragliding festival, goat fighting, local sports and traditional products.

According to the event’s organising board, the festival is aimed at honouring the national landscape of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields and local ethnic groups’ cultural values, as well as boosting tourism development in the locality.

Mu Cang Chai has 500 hectares of rice terraces in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh communes, cultivated by the H'mong people for centuries. The local terraces are among the 2,500 hectares recognised as national heritage sites in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The locality is about 1,000 metres above sea level, making it impossible to grow rice the same way as in deltas. Local residents grow rice in terraced fields to prevent water flowing downhill.

Terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai are beautiful all year round. Visitors in March can see glittering ponds before locals transplant rice seedlings from April to May. After May, the hills are covered in green until the fields start to turn yellow with ripe rice in early September.

During the harvest in October, the golden rice fields stand out amidst green forests.-VNA