This event aims to introduce the beauty of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields as well as to promote the potentials, strengths and unique cultural characteristics of Mong ethnic people in Yen Bai to domestic and international tourists.
As scheduled, the cultural week will include 8 main contents, of which the highlights are the opening ceremony with specific art program with theme “The myth yellow terrace waves” (Những sóng vàng bậc thang huyền thoại) at the stadium in the district center (14 September); the contest “Harvest quickly, plow well” (Gặt lúa nhanh, cày bừa giỏi) and the Mong wedding ceremony in La Pan Tan Commune (17 September). Besides, other attractive activities will also be held such as the exhibition “The yellow terraces” (Những nấc thang vàng) in the center of Mu Cang Chai District (13-19 September); the trade-tourism fair at the stadium in the district center to introduce specific local products (agricultural products, brocade items, traditional instruments...); the mountainous market in Kim Noi Bridge (15 – 20 September) to display and sell culinary products (thang co, bamboo shoot, rice, salt, vegetable, fruit) and performance of folk cultural activities; organization of tours (Mu Cang Chai terraced fields; Mong, Thai ethnic villages; traditional craft villages; eco tourism; adventure tourism to explore primeval forests, Mo waterfall, Pung Luong top...) from 17 to 20 September; the contests of folk sport games (day gay, danh quay, keo co, ban no…) from 18 to 20 September.
On this occasion, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism plans to organize the survey of terraced fields in Yen Bai – Lao Cai (Viet Nam) – Yuanyang (China) and attend the culture, sports and tourism week of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields scenic site 2012.
Mu Cang Chai terraced fields cultivated by Mong ethnic people since hundreds years ago cover the area of 2,300ha and concentrate mainly in 3 communes of La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh. Visiting here, tourists will have opportunity to admire the terraced fields spreading endlessly along to mountain slope. The most ideal time to visit the terraced fields is in May (transplantation season), June - July (green rice season) and September – October (harvest season). In the recent years, Mu Cang Chai has become a tourist destination attracting a lot of domestic and foreign tourists. On 18 October 2007, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized 500ha of terraced fields in 3 communes of La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh (Mu Cang Chai) as a national landscape heritage.