[Moc Chau] Planning Tips For Cauliflower Flowers

Located around 200 km from the West of Ha Noi, Moc Chau is the biggest district in Son La province. If you ever have a chance to visit this mountainous zone in November-December, you will be astonished by the beauty lies in those cauliflower flowers under the misty fog curtain.

1/Ideal Time for Cauliflower Flowers in Moc Chau:

In the beginning of winter (November – December), cauliflowers blossom in the highest degree. Tourists can catch a glimpse of stretching meadows or even valleys of them among green highlands, just like those cinematic scene in Hollywood movies.

If you haven’t got a chance to travel in winter, you can still go to Moc Chau for other festivals around the year. Before Lunar New Year in February, people come here to observe peach flowers (hoa mận). As for March, there is variegata flowers (hoa ban) season. The Mong ethnic minorities will celebrate their Independence Festival in September.

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2/How to Travel to Moc Chau:

Moc Chau district is in Son La Province, which is 180 km from Ha Noi. The most common route to Moc Chau is the National Road 6 heading towards Son La, Dien Bien. If you are a backpack enthusiast, you can go there by motorbike, starting from Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan street or Lang Hoa Lac Area through National Road 6. A non-stop trip from Ha Noi to Moc Chau takes 4-5 hours, and 6-7 hours for a trip with resting time.

Besides, you can go to Moc Chau by bus in My Dinh or Yen Nghia Bus Station. The ticket price for one seat is VND 170,000 (approx. USD 8.5) and for one bed is VND 230,000 (approx. USD 11.5).

In Moc Chau area, the ideal means of transportation is by motorbike: you can rent a motorbike at a hotel to be more flexible in exploring the place. The rental price varies from VND 150,000 – 200,000 (approx. USD 7.5 – 10 ) per day.

 Cauliflower Flower Field in Moc Chau (Photo: Kien Thuc)

3/Where to Stay in Moc Chau:

There are 3 ways for you to stay overnight in Moc Chau: book a hotel room, set a camping site or homestay at local residences. The hotel price is VND 150,000 – 250,000 (approx. USD 7.5 – 12.5) per night in 3-star hotels. The highly-densed site of hotels are in Moc Chau city center and Agricultural Field town.

4/Cauliflower Flowers in Moc Chau:

1.Agricultural Field town

There are two large flower fields here. The first one lies in the Dining 70 restaurant, 181 and Truong Giang hotel area. The second one is a smaller field which is 100 meters away from Truong Giang hotel.

2.The area near Bua Village, Dong Sang Ward

Follow the instructions below and you will find the way lead to white cabbage flower as a piece of cake:

-Turn to the alley opposite the Huong Sen hotel (near the traffic lights)
-When reaching the end of the alley, turn left.
-Keep walking for 50 meters until you meet the first intersection point, turn right and walk straight to the end.

Photo: Luong Gia Travel

3.Thung Cuong/Thong Cuong Village

This is a Mong minority tribe, lies between Dong Sang ward of Moc Chau and Xuan Nha ward of Van Ho. The path leading to Thung Cuong contains vast valleys of cauliflower flowers.

4.Ang village in Dong Sang ward

Cabbage flowers grow mostly in pine forest in Ang village, which makes this place an idea spots for honeymoons and photographing.

5.Pa Phach village

This village is called ‘flower paradise’, which can pretty much portraited the mesmerizing beauty of it. The amazing flower meadows will greet your eyes with its upmost beyond horizontal line beauty.

Photo: Dulich24

5/Notes:                                                               

– Do not damage the flowers.

– Recommended photography spots: five colored flowers, ‘crab’ flowers grew among grasses

– Besides cauliflowers, the tea hills in Moc Chau is also beautiful. The heart-shaped hills are in Agricultural Field town, on the way of going to Ngu Dong – Ban On. This way can be called green way, and you should rent a motorbike for sightseeing.

– After cauliflower season, peach flowers will take place and show its grace starting from the end of January.

 A perfect place for photography lovers (Photo: antamtour)

What should be prepared before going to Moc Chau ?

– Clothes: There are 4 ‘seasons’ in a day at Moc Chau – sunny at daytime, but breezing cool at nights, so remember to bring warm clothes.

– Shoes: Since it is a mountainous area, running shoes will be recommended. 

– Backpacking necessities: If you want to go camping, remember to bring tents and personal hygiene stuff.

– Medicine: Anti-insect spray bottles, stomach vials, bandages, vitamins, etc. must be prepared to deal with worst unexpected situations in the area with high humidity and lots of mosquitoes and other insects.

– Camera: Moc Chau is a nice place for photographing. Therefore, even you are not a professional photographer, you should have a decent digital camera or phone lens. There are enough scenery spots for you in Moc Chau and you would feel deeply regret if you do not have a nice camera with huge memory and charger.

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Translator: Diem Nguyen

[Hanoi] Four Places To Observe Daisy Flowers (Cuc Hoa Mi)

Daisy (Cúc họa mi) picks its own season; only blooms from the end of November till two weeks later. Anybody who loves Hanoi cannot miss this once-a-year chance because daisy is believed to carry beautiful characteristics of Hanoians such as tenderness, purity, and simpleness.

If you are happen to be in Hanoi, take the chance and visit one of these following destinations to enjoy the beauty of daisy flowers in the cool weather of Hanoi.

1/ TAY TUU GARDEN:

Tây Tựu Garden is the biggest place of planting flower in Hanoi. Situated in Bac Tu Liem District, 20 km away from center Hanoi, this large area plants many types of flowers. During daisy’s blooming time, many fields in the garden that only grow this type of flower. The whole area is totally in white, beautifully and imposingly.

How To Go:

Follow to Xuan Thuy direction (Cau Giay,) pass Cầu Diễn and get to the University of Industry (Đại học Công Nghiệp.) Then, go to Tay Tuu crossroads and turn right to the flower village.

Expense:

When coming to garden, you only need to buy a small bunch of flower, and then you can take as many pictures as you can. Tay Tuu does not offer photography service, so you do not have to pay money. However, before coming in, you need to ask for permission and be tender with these flowers.

Photo: tripnow.vn

2/ NHAT TAN FLOWER VILLAGE:

Located under Long Bien Bridge, Nhat Tan Flower Village is a familiar place of photoholics. In any season of the year, this flower village is always full of colorful flowers.

How To Go:

Departing from the inside of Hanoi, you can take the bus (number 55, 58, 31), get off at Nhat Tan crossroads, and then walk to the garden. Another way is to follow Au Co Street, turn at 264 Lane, and then pass by peach garden, kumquat garden to the garden.

Expense:

Price of taking photos at garden is from 30,000-50,000VND up to each garden owner.

Photo: tripnow.vn

3/ ROCK GARDEN OF RED RIVER:

Located near Nhat Tan Flower Village, Rock Garden of Red River with an area of 10 hecta is also a favorable place to take pictures.

How To Go:

From Nhat Tan Peach Garden, you need to go straight to the end of 264 Lane. Otherwise, you can choose bus 31, 33, 55 and 58 from center Hanoi to the Rock Garden of Red River.

Expense:

Entrance ticket price is about 50,000VND/ person, but it can be reduced for students.

The Rock Garden of Red River has a lot of romantic landscapes, so it will be a place to get your creativity going.

Photo: thoibao.today

4/THAO NGUYEN HOA FILM STUDIO:

Thao Nguyen Hoa is located on Thach Cau, Long Bien Ward, opposite to Gia Lam Longan Garden.

How To Go:

From Long Bien embankment, follow Vinh Tuy Bridge for about 1,5 km, turn right to Thach Cau street for about 1km.

Expense:

With an entrance ticket costs 70,000VND/1 time, you can take pictures of many different types of flower, not only daisy in this studio.

In addition to the above-mentioned locations, it is not difficult to see many bouquets of daisy weave in the middle of Hanoi old quarter streets such as Thanh Nien – Thuy Khue, Phan Dinh Phung or Kim Ma, etc.

Photo: thanhnien.vn
Photo: Le Thanh

Are you ready to catch this beautiful moment of Hanoi?

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Translator: Tien Le

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Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam – The Temple of Literature

Renowned as the first national university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature ( commonly called ‘Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám’ in Vietnamese) is not only the typical historical sites in Hanoi capital, but the cultural quintessence of the bygone feudal regime also. For first-time visitors, therefore, it could be a pity if it is missed out in their must-see list.

Let’s Look At Its History

Actually, ‘Văn Miếu’ is the Temple of Literature but ‘Quốc Tử Giám’ is the Imperial Academy. Originally built in 1070 under the reign of king Lý Thánh Tông, the temple was primarily dedicated to ‘Khổng Tử’ (孔子 Kǒngzǐ – Confucius) as well as other scholars and sages. Six years later, ‘Quốc Tử Giám’ was constructed next to the temple by order of king Lý Nhân Tông in order to provide education for the imperial bureaucracy, but then opening its door to brighter commoners. Successful graduates had their names engraved on a stone steel on the top of the stone turtles.

Khổng tử (Photo: Tiếng Vọng Thời gian)

The academy was in operation from 1076 until the Nguyễn dynasty moved its capital from ‘Thăng Long’ (Hanoi) to Hue in 1802. It was renamed as ‘Thái Học’ house in 1785 and then ‘Khải Thành’ since 1802. Through time, some considerable restorations and renovations took place, noticeably during the Trần dynasty (1225 – 1400) and the Lê dynasty (1428 – 1788). After that, the academy was fiercely destroyed by French cannons during the First Indochina War in 1947, resulting in the destructive basement with some stones survived.  

It has taken Hanoi many years to complete the renovation of ‘Thái Học’ house since 1999. Now, its area of 1530m² is included in the total complex of 6150m² consisting of  ‘Tiền đường’, ‘Hậu đường’, ‘Tả vu’, ‘Hữu vu’, ‘Nhà trống’, ‘Nhà chuông’.

How’s About Its Architecture

Generally speaking, most of architectural features of the temple complex are heavily influenced by Chinese style. To be more specific, the proximity of the temple to the Imperial academy is similar to the Beijing Confucius temple and Imperial Academy. Furthermore, the construction of  temple also emulates the one in Confucian’s hometown in Shandong, China.

Overall, the architectural complex is divided into three main areas: ‘Hồ Văn’ , ‘Vườn Giám’,  and the inner.

1.’Hồ Văn’ and ‘Vườn Giám’:

The temple in fact follows a standard Confucian layout and the most eye-catching at the front is Minh Duong Lake or Văn Lake (Hồ Văn.) The total area of the lake is about 12297 m² and in the middle stands Kim Chau mound, where the poetry commentaries took place in the ancient time. Moreover, a clear pond, surrounded by shady trees, gives visitors a sense of tranquility and freshness.

‘Hồ Văn’ -Photo: vietnamesefood.com

 

‘Vườn Giám’ -Photo: panoramio.com

2.The Inner:

The inner of Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is separated from the Giam Garden and the outer space by brick walls. Its inside is divided into 5 different layers of space; each layer is isolated by brick walls and connected by gates: one central gate and two on the side paths. The main architecture includes ‘Văn Miếu Môn’, ‘Đại Trung Môn’, ‘Khuê Văn Các’, ‘Đại Thanh Môn’, Sanctuary, ‘Thái Học Môn’ and ‘Thái Học’ space

The first and main gate of the precinct is ‘Văn Miếu Môn’ (the Great Portico in English.) Built in a typical Vietnamese style, it is similar to entrance gates of Buddhist and folk religion temples. Passing through the main gate, the first courtyard and three paths lying before you from which tourists will be guided to the ‘Đại Trung Môn‘ (Grate Middle Gate), ‘Thành Đức Môn‘ (Accomplished Virtue Gate) and ‘Đạt Tài Môn‘ (Attained Talent Gate)

The Great Portico- Photo: thetempletrail.com

Going further , the second courtyard comes across to you, running from ‘Đại Trung Môn‘ to the ‘Khuê Văn Các‘. The three paths continue and the next two side gates are the ‘Cửa Bi Văn‘ (Magnificence of Letters Gate) and ‘Cửa Súc Văn’ (Crystallization of Letters Gate), which lead to two graveyards of early doctors. The structure consists of four squares, whitewash brick pillars, supporting a red wooden pavilion with an elaborate terracotta tiled roof.

‘Đại Trung Môn’- Photo: thetempletrail.com

 

‘Khuê Văn Các’- Photo: Tuan Nguyen Huy

The third courtyard is centred around the ‘Thiên Quang Tỉnh’ (Well of Heavenly Clarity). On the sides of the lake are the ancient doctor’s graveyards, or Stelae Pavilions. Each headstone of them displays the name of the person that passed a high-level examination. There are 82 of them created from 1442 to 1779.

Thiên Quang Tỉnh (Photo: flicker/chrisgj6)

 

Stelae Pavilions (Photo: Sophie Pham’s Blog)

The fourth area: the central area and the main architecture of the Temple of Literature, consists of two larger works in parallel layout. The outside building is ‘Bái Đường‘ (House of Ceremonies), while the other is ‘Thượng Cung‘.

House of Ceremonies – Photo: thetempletrail.com

The fifth area is the Khai Thanh temple where worshiping the Confucius parents takes place. Originally, it was a study place where erudite scholars were designated as official teachers to instill knowledge into the kings. In fact, many respected Vietnamese teachers such as Bui Quoc Khai, Nguyen Tru, Chu Van An had worked there for a long period of time.

In the Temple of Confucius, there is a variety of statues of Confucius and Tu phoi (Nhan Tu, Tang Tu, Tu Tu and Manh Tu). At the Confucian shrine, there are two pairs of cranes riding on the backs of turtles, which are the typical objects of Vietnamese temples and pagodas. According to an old story, turtles and cranes are very close friends. Turtles live in the water while cranes on land. When it rains, the turtle can help the crane to get to a dry place. Conversely, when it is drought, the crane can bring the turtle to a wet area. This shows faithfulness and mutual assistance among good friends. The image of cranes on the back of turtles expresses harmony between the Heaven and the Earth. Cranes also symbolize virtue and truth.

Confucius-Photo: commons.wikimedia.org

The Role in the Modern Time

Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam has long been recognized as one of the most iconic historical-cultural heritages of Vietnam. Besides being a popular sightseeing destination, it is the place where several poetry communities are organized, the celebration of the Tet Holiday and some academy-related ceremonies takes place in order to express people’s wishes and hopes for their education paths.  

Incense Offering Ceremony at Quoc Tu Giam (Photo: Truong TH Yen Hoa)

More importantly, Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam represents the fondness of learning and the tradition of exploring knowledge of Vietnamese people. Traditionally, many students suppose that going to the temple to worship before several virtuous saints helps them pass exams easily. In the past, they usually touched the stone turtles’ heads as it was believed that the students can absorb the intelligence from ancient teachers through the touch. However, these actions are now forbidden because it may destroy the statues.

In conclusion, despite the fact that Ha Noi has been developed day in day out to keep pace with the rest of fast-changing world, a myriad of ancient relics and Vietnamese time-honored traditions has still lingered on some corners of the capital. The coexistence of these two facts, furthermore highlights the harmonious combination of modernization and antiquity. Therefore, it is well-worth considering the building complex as the soul of Vietnamese cultural life and even the gratification of human beings until now.

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Tien Vo

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Visiting Sapa: Tips for Planning Your Trip

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In this article, we will give you some awesome traveling tips to Sapa.

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