Saturday, May 1, 2010

In ‘the middle of nowhere’.

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Mu Cang Chai: charming and peaceful
On a misty morning we set off from Hanoi for Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai district in Yen Bai province by motorbike. 

The name Mu Cang Chai is often jokingly used as a term to describe “the middle of nowhere” by Hanoians. But this area – roughly 250km from Hanoi – is home to some of the country’s most beautiful terraced fields. 

Amazingly, for this of year, Tu Le’s mountains and fields are covered with a green carpet of young rice plants and grass stretching as far as the eye can see. Tu Le means ‘Beautiful Embroidery’ in Vietnamese and the landscape lives up to the name.continued>>

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