Life in the home of oldest tea trees in the world

Published: 08/05/2011 05:00



Around 200km from Hanoi,
Suoi Giang commune in the Van Chan district, the northern mountain province of
Yen Bai, is 1,371m above sea level. The commune is located on the mighty Fansipan Mountain. This is the home of the oldest
tea trees in the world.

The weather in Suoi
Giang is cool all the year round, like Vietnam’s resort centers as Sapa
(Lao Cai province) and Da Lat (Lam Dong province).

From the peak of Suoi Giang,
visitors can admire the vast Muong Lo field, the second largest granary in Vietnam’s
northwestern region.

They can also climb
up ancient tee trees of 300 years old to pick tea buds with hospitable H’Mong
natives, and walk in the fokienia forest or have a bath at Tap Lang waterfall.

Yen Bai province is
implementing a plan to turn Suoi Giang into a tourist site, with attractive
tourism products.

Discover the life in Suoi
Giang through VietNamNet’s pictures:

Most of locals are
H’Mong ethnic minority people. Ancient tea trees are their major source of
living. However, they also plant upland rice. The fields are often dozens of
kilometers far from their home.

H’Mong people in
Suoi Giang don’t use sickles, but their own tool to cut rice. The tool is a
short blade with a bamboo handle.

H’Mong women always
use leggings to avoid terrestrial leeches, and not be cut by rice leaves while
working in the field.

Colorful costumes
of H’Mong women.

A vegetable garden
of a H’Mong family.

Horses are the mean
of transport in Suoi Giang.

Women carry their
children on their back while working.

The morning in Pang
Cang village, Suoi Giang commune.

Tea leaves are
always picked in the early morning.

The meal of a
H’Mong family.

H’Mong kids.

H’Mong girls in the

Anh Le

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