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Northern mountainous watering season

Northern mountainous watering season

  • May 14, 2021

Dawn lights a terraced rice field during the rainy season at Sang Ma Sao, a commune in the western part of Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province.

Waterlogged terraced rice fields during summer are a tourist specialty of the northern mountainous region. Farmers typically flood their fields soon after the first summer rains and start transplanting rice seedlings for the new crop. The watering season lasts from late May to the end of June.
Bat Xat District has more than 3,000 hectares of terraced fields, with 70 percent of the terrain being mountainous.


This photo was taken in June 2020, with waterlogged fields appearing in harmony with newly transplanted rice seeds in Sang Ma Sao.


In Muong Hum, a remote commune around five kilometers from Sang Ma Sao, local women flock to their fields to plant new rice. Bat Xat is home to ethnic minority groups H’mong, Dao and Ha Nhi.


Traditional “trinh tuong” houses with yin-yang tiled roofs are a highlight among rice terraced fields in A Lu Commune. Built by ethnic Tay and Nung minorities, these houses comprise a mixture of clay and mud.