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Huu Lien: The convergence of green grasslands, ideal getaway from summer

07:38 | 10/08/2020

Huu Lien Commune in northern Vietnam's Lang Son Province with lush grasslands, majestic mountains, and jade springs offer tourists idea places to escape from the blazing summer heat.

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Huu Lien Commune has a total area of over 6,000 hectares and a population of more than 3,000 people, including the Tay, Nung, Yao, and H'mong ethnic minorities.

The destination has engrossed tourists by its magnificent karst mountain ranges, boundless lush grasslands, mossy waterfalls, and meandering sapphire streams.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer
The aerial view of Lang Ben Village and on the opposite side lie Lang Coc Village. These two ancient villages are homes to Tay and Yao people who have lived there for ages. Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

The commune offers interesting ecotourism options in villages like Lang Ben, Lang Coc, and La Ba. The most preferred kind of accommodation here is the homestay with the price of VND100,000 ($4.3) a person per night, according to VNExpress.

Tourists will also have the chance to sample local specialties, campfires, herbal baths, and traditional dancing performances.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer
The vista of Dong Lam Meadow Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

Dong Lam Meadow is only 2 km from the homestays in Lang Ben Village. It stretches about 1.5 km, embellished by trails and blue cool streams that flow from limestone mountain chains. In the watery season, the locals flock here to fish.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer
Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

From the end part of Dong Lam Lake, it would take one hour to traverse primeval forests to reach Lan Dat village where includes about 26 Yao households. The village is fully enveloped by thick forests, so its untouched beauty remains intact. There is no wifi and no electricity here.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer
Horses are grazing on the meadow in the dry season. Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

Horses are grazing on the meadow in the dry season. These are mostly tamed horses. Tourists can take photos with them or rent a horse carriage to explore further. The vast meadow is also used to raise cattle.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer

The stream flowing through the meadow often becomes shallow during summer.

Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

In summer, the meadow is perfectly suitable for going picnics and trekking. Nevertheless, in the rainy season, from July to October, it is overwhelmed with the depth of 2-3 m. This is the reason why the grassland is not used for cultivation.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer

The "Graveyard of trees" seems to be more mysterious as the dusk descends.

Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer

Visitors can enjoy kayaking on the stream flowing through Dong Lam Meadow.

Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

To boost tourism, the local authorities have built a parking lot, about 1 km from the entrance to Dong Lam. Besides, travelers can rent a motorbike taxi to the meadow for VND30,000-40,000 ($1.3-1.7) or even walk or cycle to thoroughly enjoy its ravishing beauty, added VNExpress.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer

The beautiful view of limestone mountains, alternated by Huu Lien special-use forest, Nong Dung Lake (left), and Mo Ang Lake (right).

Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

Huu Lien special-use forest covers a total area of ​​8,293.4 hectares, belongs to Huu Lien National Forest Reserve, with three subdivisions stretching over three districts: Huu Lung, Chi Lang, and Van Quan.

The topography of this forest area is formed like a basin, surrounded by overlapping majestic limestone mountains; its center embraces hills, villages, grasslands, and agricultural production areas. Every year, there are numerous domestic and foreign tourists contacting the forest management board for permission to explore the area.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer
Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

Huu Lien Forest possessed a diverse fauna and flora system with 776 species of plants and 409 species of animals, in which 30 species of rare plants and 61 species of rare animals listed in the Vietnam Red Book.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer

Boating on Mo Ang Lake is also a “worth-try” experience. Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress.

Mo Ang Lake is blessed with jade cool water which certainly satisfies any nature-lovers.

Those are into exploring the area further can hire a guide to go trekking through the dense forests and ascend rugged boulders to reach Mo Ang Lake.

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer

Water from Mo Ang Lake flows along limestone ravines forming imposing Khe Dau waterfall.

Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress

huu lien the convergence of green grasslands ideal getaway from summer

The stream underneath Khe Dau waterfall is home to many stone crabs.

Photo courtesy of Bui Vinh Thuan/ via VNExpress

Once having done with the expedition, visitors can enjoy local specialties at the homestay like roasted duck and pork with Clausena Indica leaves, grilled fish, roasted stone crabs, and boiled snails.

Besides natural landscape and diverse ecosystem, Huu Lien has historical and cultural destinations such as the Quy Minh Dai Vuong Church and intangible heritages like the Go Chua festival, Pa Xoan singing, Nha To singing and traditional Vietnamese opera Cheo.

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