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Terraced Rice Fields in Mu Cang Chai

Terraced fields are often used in rice cultivation on a mountain terrain by people in the northwest of Vietnam. The scenic fields glittering with water under the sun have attracted numerous domestic  and foreign tourists and photographers.
In Yen Bai, there are nearly 2,200ha of terraced fields mostly in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, De Xu Phinh and Cao Pha Communes of Mu Cang Chai District. The terraced rice fields there were recognised as a national site in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Terraced rice fields in Cao Pha Valley (Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai) glitter under sunlight
to create a heavenly landscape during watering season. Photo: Nguyen Thang/VNP

After night rains, small streams flow down the steep slopes to the terraced fields.
Those fully watered fields in morning dew form a breathtakingly beautiful scene viewed from Khau Pha Pass.
Photo: Nguyen Thang/VNP

The clouds swirl around the waterlogged terraced fields in Cao Pha Commune. Photo: Nguyen Thang/VNP

The Thai people in Cao Pha Commune apply the technique of growing short- duration rice variety in
low fields near streams. Photo: Nguyen Thang/VNP 

Water is regulated from streams to fields. Photo: Nguyen Thang/VNP

Recently, machines have been used in cultivation to reduce manual labour. Photo: Nguyen Thang/VNP

After fields are fully watered and carefully ploughed, people begin growing rice seedlings there.
Photo: Nguyen Thang/VNP

The Mong people in Che Cu Nha Commune grow rice in terraced fields. Photo: Thong Thien/VNP

Rain water trickle from higher fields to lower ones. Photo: Thong Thien/VNP

A Mong woman in Cao Pha Commune uproots rice seedlings to prepare for cultivation. Photo: Thong Thien/VNP

The Mong people in La Phan Tan Commune dig canals and use pipes to regulate water
from the mountain’s peak to fields. Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP

This time in Mu Cang Chai, one can see fields that are fully watered, fields with green rice seedlings
and fields full of golden ripening rice intermingle with each other. Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP

Golden harvesting fields mix with green newly-grown fields to form a picture full of colours. Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP

A Mong woman with her child in the terraced fields in La Phan Tan Commune. Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP

The Mong people rigorously plough the soaked soil before growing rice seedlings there.
Ploughing begins at the fields on the peak, which are watered first and moves down gradually
depending on the amount of rainfall. Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP

Due to the steeply sloping terrain in Mu Cang Chai, people have to cut the slope plane into a series of
successively receding flat surfaces or platforms, which resemble steps, for the purposes of more effective farming.
Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP

Children play in waterlogged fields. Photo: Dang Tien/VNP

During late May or early June, after the winter crop is harvested, rain from the early summer soak the dry fields and turn the color of the soil reddish brown. The surface of the  waterlogged fields shines like a mirror under the sun. The reddish brown soil, the deep blue sky, the light green young rice plants mix together with the colourful skirts of the Mong people to form colourful spots in a breathtakingly beautiful picture. 
By VNP’s Golden Moment Photography Club