Hà Giang is a province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is known as the great place of mountains with fresh nature and peaceful space. This northernmost land of Vietnam is well known for its endless terraced fields, romantic purple buckwheat flower fields, and unique festivals bearing the highland ethnic identity.
For any season, Hà Giang has its beauty readied for the travellers with great tourist attractions in every month. From January to February, there is a chain of traditional festivals such as the Tay people’s longevity festival, buffalo fighting festival, horse fighting festival, and “lồng tồng” festival (meaning going down the rice paddy in English). Then, in March, the bloom season of plum and peach forests paints pink and white shades all over the place. Following is a big festival called the Khau Vai love market with the humanistic beauty, which takes place in April. May and June is the season of pouring water. Until August and September, the land turns into the endless golden terraced fields stretching to the horizon. October and November is the occasion when the buckwheat flowers bloom in a romantic purple-pink shade that is worth the title “queen” of flowers, then in December, Hà Giang will wear a bright yellow shaded dress from blumea flowers.
Outstanding tourist destinations in Hà Giang
Lũng Cú Peak (Dragon Peak)
Lũng Cú peak (also known as the Dragon peak) is in the Lũng Cú commune, Đồng Văn district, Hà Giang province, which is the northernmost point of Vietnam. Therefore, this destination is the first-to-go location for anyone who travels to Hà Giang to fully experience the pride of standing in the northernmost place of Vietnam. From here, visitors will behold the magnificent mountain scenery and immense fields of Hà Giang.
Hoàng Su Phì
Although this is one of the most beautiful terraced fields in Vietnam, it is also the least visited destination in Hà Giang. Around May or September is a lovely time to travel to Hoàng Su Phì. There, visitors will admire the view of steeply-stacked terraced fields that seem to touch the sky, and the leaf roofs of ethnic villages scattered far away, hidden behind the bushes. With the hectares of beautiful terraced fields spanning the valley, Hoàng Su Phì was recognized as a national heritage site in 2012. The most rice-growing areas in Hoàng Su Phì are Bản Luốc, Bản Phùng, Sán Sả Hồ, Nậm Ty, Hồ Thầu and Thông Nguyên.
Noong Lake is a natural lake in the Phú Linh commune, Vị Xuyên district, located 23 km from the city center. A feature that makes this place unique is the floating forest that changes depending on the season. People describe the forest as the fairyland on the lake of Hà Giang. Resting here; visitors can also enjoy unique cuisine such as bitter fish, chicken, duck, goat, cow, wild meat and vegetables grown by local people.
Mã Pí Lèng Pass – Nho Quế River – Tu Sản Alley
Mã Pí Lèng is the name of the dangerous pass road of Hà Giang, which is about 20km long, located on the Hạnh Phúc road connecting Hà Giang city, Đồng Văn district and Mèo Vạc town. Because of the craggy terrain, the local people give Mã Pí Lèn the title of “the king of the high mountain pass.” Along the cliffs is the curving, winding path, with the Nho Quế river flowing below the foot of the abyss, which is like a thin thread keeping the jade green shade in all four seasons. Nho Quế River originates in Yunnan, China and flows to Lũng Cú commune, Hà Giang. Along the banks are rice plants blooming, dying a red shade upon the sky. Going down the Nho Quế River, visitors will pass Tu Sản abyss alley – a unique wonder in Đồng Văn. It is the deepest alley in Vietnam, with a cliff height of nearly 800 m, 1.7 km long and almost 1 km deep.
Buckwheat flower field
The buckwheat flower is likened to the “tourism ambassador” of Hà Giang for being a must talk topic with the romantic pink-purple shade of the buckwheat flower field that has imprinted on people’s minds. The flowers are small, winged, bunched together in a pyramid shape, and when blooming, they turn white, fade to pink, and then red when faded. Visitors can admire the romantic beauty of the flower field in many places such as at the foot of the Lũng Cú flagpole, Sủng Là, Đồng Văn, Ma Lé, etc.
Đồng Văn Rock Plateau
Đồng Văn rock plateau stretches over four districts including Quản Bạ, Yên Minh, Đồng Văn and Mèo Vạc of Hà Giang province. The rocks covered this beautiful land, with overlapping layers by layers that formed a wild, spectacular “stone kingdom.” Therefore, this place was recognized by UNESCO as a global geological park in 2010.
Hà Giang fair
Once visiting Hà Giang, the fairgrounds are the unmissable destination. Here, visitors can experience the bustle and crowds while choosing the exclusive items, as well as understanding more about the lifestyle of mountain people and their cultural features imbued with the highland ethnic identity. Some prominent markets in Hà Giang include Quản Bạ, mèo Vạc, Lũng Phìn, and Yên Minh district central market.
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