Golden ripe paddy fields as seen from Hang Mua peak (Source: VNA)
 
Ninh Binh (VNS/VNA) - Ripe rice season at Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism site inside the Trang An Landscape Complex in northern Ninh Binh province is a highlight of the ongoing Ninh Binh Tourism Week.

Themed “Yellow Rice Season in Tam Coc-Trang An”, the week will be packed with various activities, such as business fairs, weaving of traditional lace, traditional cuisine fairs, folk music and water puppetry shows. The Tourism Week will conclude on June 16.

Located inside the Trang An Landscape Complex, which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 23, 2014, the Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism site has one of the most scenic rice fields in Vietnam, with a romantic waterway and karst mountains. The site hosts various tourism forms, including eco-tourism, spiritual tourism as well as culture and community-based tourism.

June is an impressive month at the site, with carpets of yellow rice fields stretched along the banks of Ngo Dong river, zigzagging its way through karst mountains and caves. Besides aesthetics and geological value, Tam Coc-Bich Dong has a lot of cultural values too. It guards the history of the Hoa Lu ancient imperial capital, which was chosen by various kings during the Dinh, early Le and beginning of Ly reigns between 968-1009 as well as by primitive humans thousands of years ago.

The Tourism Week is the first activity of its kind in the framework of a programme celebrating the 1,050th anniversary of Dai Co Viet (Great Viet), the first centralised feudal state in Vietnam. It also provides a platform to showcase the province’s tourism products.

The Trang An Landscape Complex was recognised by UNESCO as the world’s mixed cultural and natural heritage, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

In UNESCO's words, "Trang An is a resplendent complex of limestone karst peaks which are permeated with valleys, including submerged ones, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs," nestling on the southern shore of the Red River Delta.

Archaeological traces of human activity dating back thousands of years have been found within the complex.

The 12,250-hectare complex boasts several nationally recognised sites like the Trang An ecotourism site and Hoa Lu, Vietnam's capital in the 10th and 11th centuries. The area also has many temples, pagodas, paddy fields, villages and other sacred sites.

It is home to about 500 flora species, 73 species of birds and 41 species of other animals and has a diverse ecosystem.-VNS/VNA