Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley

Mang Ri Valley (Tu Mo Rong district) is often called the “land of fog” in the Northern Central Highlands because the climate here is cool all year round. Mang Ri is not only known as the revolutionary base area of ​​Kon Tum during the two resistance wars against the French colonialists and the American imperialists, the people have a revolutionary tradition of steadfastness, heroism, and wholeheartedly following the Party. Uncle Ho, which today is also known as the “capital” of medicinal herbs and the “rice granary” of the land at the foot of the majestic Ngoc Linh mountain.

Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Mang Ri valley seen from above.

This season is the golden season in Mang Ri. If you have the opportunity to come during the ripe rice season, you will be able to admire the image of mountain girls harvesting golden rice flowers next to winding terraced fields, amidst the vast mountains and forests. Everyone will immediately think of the Northwest mountains with terraced fields. majestic. But this is Mang Ri, a valley glowing with the color of ripe rice in the central highlands.

Mang Ri commune has 6 hamlets and villages with nearly 100% of the population being Xo Dang ethnic people. The Xo Dang people in Mang Ri have known how to cultivate terraced fields since ancient times to take advantage of the spring water flowing from the mountains. Therefore, people have taken care of local food sources to serve their lives.

Every family here does not have to worry about “starvation”. The terraced fields here were planted by Xo Dang ethnic people after spreading the land along the hillside area. Viewed from above, the small paths located symmetrically on both sides of the terraced fields stand out like the veins of a leaf.

For many generations, the Xo Dang ethnic people living here have cleared the land around the hillside to form stairs to expand the farming area and intensively cultivate wet rice. Most households in Mang Ri commune have wet rice areas for cultivation, providing a stable food source.

Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Mang Ri is in the ripe rice season.

These days, the weather is preparing to change seasons, and it is also the rice harvest season for Xo Dang people in Mang Ri valley. If you get lost here, surely many people will be captivated by the beauty of terraced fields lying across the hillsides. The cold weather and bright sunshine on the fields make the fields glow yellow, the terraced fields change their green coat to a shiny yellow color, creating an extremely impressive natural picture.

Rice fields in Mang Ri valley have many differences from rice fields in the Northwest such as the terrain structure in the Central Highlands is more gentle and flat, the rice layers in Mang Ri have all different curves, depending on the terrain. . Mr. Y Cuong Nie, a resident of Long Lay village, said: “Here, people often grow 2 wet rice crops on terraced fields every year. My village often focuses on cultivating rice as soon as the rainy season begins, when the streams have water leading to the fields.”

Terraced fields in localities in the Central Highlands began to form more than 20 years ago, when Mong, Tay, and Nung ethnic people migrated from the northern mountainous provinces to reclaim and improve steep hills into Beautiful terraced fields, expanding wet rice production area. Gradually, indigenous peoples learned and converted more and more hilly land into terraced fields.

Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
The terraced fields in Mang Ri also bring strange beauty.

Terraced fields are not only a place to provide food but also show the will to rise, the desire for prosperity and the qualifications and creativity in productive labor of highland people. Looking down from above, there are terraced fields halfway up the hill, interspersed among them are villages with beautiful soaring communal roofs like a beautiful landscape painting.

Coming to Mang Ri in the ripe rice season, looking at the golden rice fields, stretching out, the heavy rice flowers bowing their heads, layered on the foot of the terraced fields, golden in the afternoon sun, blending in with the peaceful natural scenery at the foot of Ngoc Link mountain. Tourists cannot help but be amazed by this poetic beauty and hope to return here one day to watch the sunset gradually fall over each roof as kitchen smoke begins to rise, signaling that dinner is being prepared by the people. .

At the source of the Dak Psi stream, Mang Ri is a revolutionary base area, where the “headquarters” of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee were located during the difficult and arduous years of the resistance war against the enemy to save the country. The life of the Xe Dang people in the old war zone had an extremely difficult time when traffic was difficult and the terrain was remote. But now there have been many changes.

Mr. Nguyen Ba Thanh – Chairman of Mang Ri commune, Tu Mo Rong district, said: “When it comes to Mang Ri, almost every Kon Tum resident knows, because this place is not only famous for its precious medicinal plants – ginseng. Ngoc Linh is also a land with a rich revolutionary tradition – the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee Base during the resistance war against the US. Mang Ri people have known how to cultivate terraced fields since ancient times to take advantage of the water flowing from the mountains to cultivate 2 rice crops. Because of creating local food sources, every family does not have to worry about “hunger” during the lean season. This is also considered the largest “rice granary” in Tu Mo Rong district!

Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Xo Dang people in Mang Ri during the harvest season.

These days, all over Mang Ri at the foot of Ngoc Linh high mountain, the rice season is ripening. The villagers rushed to the fields to harvest rice, laughter echoed everywhere. Certainly not comparable to the scenic terraced fields of the Northwest, but this is certainly still an extremely interesting scene in the Northern Central Highlands. The yellow color of ripe rice, mixed with the dark green of the Central Highlands mountains and forests in the cold weather, adds to Mang Ri’s poetic and captivating beauty. Many people have come to Mang Ri during the ripe rice season. The invitations of this golden valley inspire their wandering footsteps.

Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
Golden season terraced fields in Mang Ri valley
The Xo Dang people have been prosperous since the golden seasons in Mang Ri.

In particular, in this valley there is Pu Ta village, which is being built by the local government of Tu Mo Rong district to become a community tourism destination, because the village still retains its rustic and pristine characteristics. Ancient architecture of the Xo Dang people. With the openness and kindness of the people here, visitors can immerse themselves in festivals, sinus melodies, folk melodies… according to the traditional customs of the Xo Dang people. Mr. Vuong Van Muoi, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Tu Mo Rong district, said that according to the district’s orientation, in the coming time it will focus on developing Mang Ri in two directions: tourism, cold-country coffee and medicinal plants.

Village elder A Nit, who turned 70 this year (a resident of Long Lay village, former Party Secretary of Mang Ri commune), said that the village here also grows rice twice a year. Almost every house grows rice and rice is eaten throughout the year. This season is the harvest season, the warm season is coming to the highlands of the Central Highlands to prepare for a warm and full Tet.

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