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Terraced fields in plowing season


For those who plan to arrive to this location: M Cang Chải is name of a little town on the bank of Nậm Kim River, also of one of the districts of Yn Bi Province, at coordinates of 21 49' North and 104 5' East. Over an altitude of 1,208 meters, the entire district is in the mountain area where no regular mail could reach. There is no newspaper or magazine available. The whole media activity here is handled by just two people who have a computer and internet access to obtain the news, then lay out and print on 8 x 10 papers prior to distribution to local authorities.

388 km from Hanoi or 200 km from the seat of province, you should not calculate these distances by driving hours. During the monsoon, dont even think about accessing M Cang Chải. In dry season, local bus may take a day, through steep and dangerous road on the sheer cliff.

As in other minority communities, local Hmong people only have one crop per year, starting from the end of May and their harvest is in September. According to their tradition, upon plowing season, the rice sowing is done in the same best spot. Once ready, they remove and plant to the entire tribal area. As you can see in this picture taken from a nearby hill, the green sowing spot is about at center of the terraced fields. I was tempted to capture the farmers with their water-buffalo down there, but I failed to show you those details even though I have used the longest lens of mine. Hope this gives you a different view toward life in the Red River Delta, Vietnam.


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