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La Province de Yen Bai: à découvrir avant les autres!

Située à 183 kilomètres au Nord-Ouest de Hanoi, la province de Yen Bai est entourée par les provinces de Lao Cai, Son La, Tuyen Quang et Phu Tho.

♦ Données géographiques et démographiques :

Province de Yen Bai
Superficie 6 899 km²
Population 750 200 habitants
♦ Patrimoine paysager :

Les forêts :
Les forêts occupent la majeure partie du territoire, les terres cultivables étant peu nombreuses. Ces forêts fournissent la cannelle, le bois dinh ; le teck, le canarium, le jaquier, le talauma, le rotin, le bambou et l’igname des teinturiers. Elles abritent aussi des animaux rares comme le tigre, le léopard, l’ours, le sanglier, le cerf, le singe ou encore le gibbon.

Etant baignée par le fleuve Rouge, les principales ressources agricoles de la province sont le riz, l’arachide, le coton, le manioc, le maïs, le haricot et le papyrus.

Le lac de Thac Ba :
Situé à 140 km de Hanoi, le lac de Thac Ba est l’un des trois plus grands lacs artificiels du Vietnam. Sa profondeur peut atteindre par endroit les 40 mètres.

Surnommé « la petite baie d’Halong dans la montagne », le lac abrite des grottes insoupçonnées et des îlots émergeant de sa surface.

Nghia Lo :
Nghia Lo est le deuxième grenier à riz du Nord-Ouest et le pays des Thais blancs et des Thais noirs qui composent près de 50% de la population locale. Ceux-ci peuplent des hameaux entourés par des champs de thé à perte vue et des rizières en terrasses. Ici, les traditions d’élevage de bœufs, buffles, cochons et chèvres, et de la culture du thé se perpétuent.Yenbai

Mu Cang Chai :
Sculptures épousant les flancs de montagne, Mu Cang Chai offre une incroyable vue sur les diverses vallées et dont les reliefs accidentés décorés de rizières à la manière des terrasses de toutes les formes vous laisseront en admiration. Mu Cang Chai est habitée à près de 90% par les H’mongs, le restant sont des Thais et d’autres ethnies minoritaires.

Les paysages enchanteurs de rizières en terrasses de Nghia Lo et de Mu Cang Chai sont considérés comme un patrimoine naturel national.

♦ Patrimoine architectural :

L’ancienne citadelle impériale de Yen Bai, située à plus d’une centaine de kilomètres de la ville homonyme, est un complexe de vestiges architecturaux bouddhistes datant des règnes des Ly et des Tran. De nombreux vestiges archéologiques nous sont parvenus : des tranchées, un lac royal, des palais, des pagodes, un terrain d’entraînement, etc.

La pagode Hac Y (« Costume noir ») de Dai Cai est l’une des pagodes les plus sacrées de la province de Yen Bai. Situé au sommet de la colline Hac Y, à environ 80 km de la capitale provinciale de Yen Bai, elle possède l’architecture originale de la dynastie des Trân. L’ensemble comprend la Tour Hac Y, la maison communale Ben Lan, le mont du Génie aux vêtements noirs et le temple Dai Cai.

♦ Quelques conseils pratiques :

Accessibilité :

En voiture, d’Hanoi à Yen Bai (chef-lieu), comptez environ 3h30 pour 215 km.
Quand y aller ?

Le climat de Yen Bai se compose de deux saisons principales : la saison froide débute au mois de novembre et se termine au mois de mars. Et la saison chaude commence d’avril à octobre. La température annuelle moyenne est de 22ºC.

From : www.amica-travel.com

Yen Bai event for show off terraced fields to tourists

Yen Bai Province in the north organised a cultural and tourism event to promote its Mu Cang Chai terraced fields as a tourism destination.
It will be held under the framework of the Culture, sports and tourism week highlighting national landscapes of terraced fields.

Organisers have asked several communes in the area to prepare to display traditional local products like musical instruments, violet glutinous rice, folk remedy, wines, and banh day (a kind of rice cake).

Some will also showcase products like brocade, embroidery, honey, tea, traditional herbal medicines, and others.

Mu Cang Chai’s 2,300ha of terraced fields have been cultivated by the H’mong people for hundreds of years.

In recent years it has become a popular tourist destination.

Indonesia interested in tourism potential in Yen Bai

The Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam visited the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai on April 22 with the aim of studying investment potential in the province’s tourism sector.

At a working session with Yen Bai provincial officials, Ambassador Mayerfas said he wants to promote trade and investment ties between Indonesia and Vietnam.

He invited Yen Bai officials and businesspeople to travel to Indonesia to seek business opportunities and partners.

Chairman of Yen Bai People’s Committee Pham Duy Cuong proposed that the Indonesian Embassy in Vietnam help spread the word about Yen Bai’s strength and potential among the Indonesian business circle. He also asked for the embassy’s help in providing information about the Indonesian market.

The two sides agreed to work together to establish twin relations between Yen Bai and an Indonesian locality

$4.9 million for fisheries extension projects

The National Agricultural Extension Centre will earmark more than VND102 billion (US$4.9 million) for several fisheries projects to be undertaken until 2015.
They will seek to provide farmers with knowledge and technologies required to make aquaculture more efficient and sustainable.

They also aimed to ensure food safety and hygiene, protect the environment and aquatic resources, and contribute to restructuring the rural coastal economy, creating jobs and increasing farmers’ incomes, the centre said.

Priority would be given to projects using modern technologies and with high productivity and quality to raise the prestige of the country’s seafood brands, including those for breeding sugpo prawns, white-leg shrimp, tra and basa fish, and tilapia in Lang Son, Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Son La provinces.

They will conform to GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) standards.

There will also be projects to farm traditional fishes to in Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Phu Tho, Quang Ngai, Soc Trang, Ca Mau and many other provinces.

Farming of fresh and brackish water fish will be strengthened.

On Vietnam Travel Forum : Uniquely New Dance of the Muong, Yen Bai

After few weeks in Europe, I am back.
It seems lazy, but I found this post very interesting about the Muong culture in Yen Bai.

“This dance is for children to thank their ancestors past year has been blessed, sheltered children thriving, having much luck, good weather and air, lush crop, pushed the grain, the healthy children …

Muong Yen Bai residents concentrated in the districts of Van Chan and Tran Yen, Van Yen. The Muong are the traditional rice cultivation from very early to their residence are often the valleys, coastal plains, stream … Treasure of the Muong ethnic culture is rich and diverse dances New traditional dance, drum dance Tu, dancing fairies, dancing booths, dance tube. Particularly in rural New dance Ao Luang II, Son A, Van Chan district can be seen as the most characteristic dances for the Muong and the system is part dance dance “Sacred” because of the presence of his mo.

According to some elders in the village told, cart had long ago, does anyone remember from when. Just know that every year, on the occasion of New Year (3 rd December), people gathered together to dance to invite the ancestors to earth fun, dancing with children. This dance is for children to thank their ancestors past year has been blessed, sheltered children thriving, having much luck, good weather and air, lush crop, pushed the grain, the healthy children …

The festival officially takes place at his home big Mo, Mo Home (exclamation) is his most prestigious Mo in the village. Prior to his house to prepare Mo decorated a tree if many vignettes bring spiritual meaning.

The offerings in the New Dance Festival include: Wheels worship ceremony (in Muong called “Pan Shave”) offerings include: a pig head, bread vegetarian (vegetarian Peng), cake display (Peng securities), gear pipe (tube Peng), rice, sticky rice, vegetarian vegetable, asparagus, papaya leaf, 1 complaint banana wine. And sacrifice is very important in this festival is cotton, Muong language called “Need deck.”

Start the ceremony, Mr. Mo wear traditional clothes, wrapped head to New, hand fans, mats to sit between a regional center. Master Mo behalf of everyone involved in the festival front wheels offer vows, vows of great faith “Today good day good month, the dance festival held visualize New, first thank god, ancestor in the past year bless the children were one year do have much luck, good weather and air, lush crops …”. Dance with the great oracle of the god that he first entered to play with children. Once entered, the oracles will dance tune spinning top wobbles, shaking legs feel like coming up off the ground, he entered the mouth just dance just dance songs quietly.

When I enter the complete mo people started to dance to the rhythm of the first type drums, gongs, dance betel nut (also known as dancing fairies). This dance is invited to the fairy oracles of heaven down to festival fun dancing with her son’s version. The dance is mainly six artisans dressed in traditional cloths, Everything over his shoulder, when the New towel dance will be moved from shoulder to hand to dance props. The artist is holding a musical instrument to create sounds bustling, it’s the long bamboo stick, a wooden tap to the rhythm of 3-4 with the sound of drums and gongs. But some artists out for new songs. In this dance, the dancers are dancing to the music at each other. The dance takes place in about 15 to 20 minutes.

This is New dances, the child was found not to have cured the weights on Tet holidays are invited to stay for dance teachers happy. At this, everyone involved with the dance moves simple, not complex. They move to the rhythm of 2-4 feet squeezed into the hand towel to each region to left and vice versa. People with passionate dance, dance on repeated from the original position to move in a circle and then rotate back.

Followed by dancing “Wedding Season” (eventually acquired) or Spirit to play first. This is the best swing dance, dance meant that the fairy in the sky have heard words of worship professed descendants should have entered the earth the same play. Oracles at this time dancing with everyone just has to name all together for fun, join the dance.

The Spirit dances down the earth happy with this, there is a very special part is the “shadow” of the oracles, the girls are very excited to welcome this forward by the words of Master Mo said some of the beautiful girl, sure was, cleverly and work involved preparing the cotton will be selected and said he was the best skill that makes the most beautiful flowers.

After a fun dance, Mr. Mo would signal to people switch to describe the dance and sports games, the games are mostly throwing, swinging, tug of dance beats … Done enter final test the teacher, this time he stood up Mo dance movements with different views of the movements were dancing before, the teasing of the girls and the girls were chasing the sun.

End, all gather together, wish each cup of wine and appointments in the fairy will come back happy with the Muong.

New dance festival is traditionally carry great significance in cultural and spiritual life of the Muong ethnic minority here. The aspirations and dreams of life freely to reach prosperity, happiness and love praising the Muong couples were introduced into the tune’s long arms and will remain in existence before the flow of time “

Buddhist architectural traces uncovered in Yen Bai

A 13th-15th century piece of Buddhist architecture has just been unearthed in a garden in the north-western province of Yen Bai.
Atop two hills in the province’s Van Chan District, archaeologists have found various remnants of stone, brick, tile and ceramic decoration in the form of lotus flowers. These floral motifs appear similar to ones used in Buddhist buildings of Tran dynasty (1225-1400).
On the Pu Chia Chua Hill, bricks and tiles have been uncovered just below a 35-40cm layer of soil. Experts suggested that the area served as a workshop for producing materials for a nearby Buddhist structure.
The excavation team have asked permission from local authorities to enlarge the area of investigation, hoping to find a Buddhist architectural complex from the Tran era.
If they are right, the building would be the only remnant of Tran Buddhist architecture ever found in the west of the province.