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Tu San Alley – a magnificent landscape of Ha Giang

A deep rocky canyon, with emerald green water, brings a sense of relaxation to visitors.

Tu San Alley is located at the foot of Ma Pi Leng Pass (Meo Vac, Ha Giang), Nho Que river is as green as a thread weaving along the curve of the road of Happiness. In 2009, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism classified this area as Vietnam’s Scenic Landscape Monument. Nho Que River is honored as one of the unique tectonic valleys of Vietnam.

Traveling on the road from Ma Pi Leng pass to Ta Lang village, Pai Lung commune (Meo Vac district) is probably an unforgettable experience. 8 km of road with more than 50 sleeve bends and steep slopes.

Ta Lang village is located close to Nho Que river, where 39 households of Giay, Tay, and Mong ethnic groups live, far from the center of the commune, the lives of the people here are almost separate from the outside world. Their life is mainly catching fish and shrimp in the river, one crop of rice and corn a year.

Tu San Canyon is a deep abyss with a cliff height of up to 700-900 m, a length of up to 1.7 km, belonging to the type of geomorphological tectonic heritage, paleontological – stratigraphic – ancient environmental heritage. in the area of ​​3 communes Pai Lung, Pa Vi and Xin Cai, Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province.

On both sides of Nho Que river, there are many parts of land, which the Giay take advantage of as a place to grow rice. This is the only stretch of the river where agriculture is possible.

The children gather firewood on the steep mountain.

Besides the limestone cliffs, there are still areas of land, the Mong people take advantage of planting corn.

There are 2 roads down Tu San alley, a motorbike road is 16 km, visitors have to pay 150,000 VND; a walking path of nearly 2 km climbing cliffs with steep steps. The ticket price for a boat ride along Nho Que river is from 100,000 VND/time.

To reach Tu San alley, visitors need to take a boat or canoe service about 20-30 minutes upstream Nho Que. Currently, there are 23 tourist boats operating, each year transporting thousands of visitors to admire this majestic wonder.

“At the time before the Covid-19 epidemic, every holiday or weekend, this place was crowded with tourists. Every day, the boat ran nearly a dozen times. But at this time, it only welcomes guests in groups to ensure safety. epidemic prevention”, said boat driver Trieu Chuong.

Being put into operation later than other tourist spots on Dong Van Karst Plateau, the journey to discover Nho Que river and Tu San alley by boat has the strongest attraction. Any visitor to the rocky plateau wants to discover this new destination once. Follow (vnexpress)

Explore Tu San alley hidden under Ma Pi Leng pass (Ha Giang)

Ma Pi Leng is considered the most dangerous pass in Vietnam. In that majestic natural wonder, Tu San Canyon is the highest and deepest in Vietnam and possibly Southeast Asia. Tu San is considered the “first majestic landscape” with a cliff height of up to 700–800m, a length of up to 1.7km, a depth of 700–900m. Tu San is the miracle of created millions of years ago when it was still submerged in the vast ocean, during the process of changing the Earth’s crust, the water receded, leaving a unique geological legacy to this day.

Tu San Alley – a magnificent landscape of Ha Giang
Panoramic view of Tu San gorge and Nho Que river when viewed from Ma Pi Leng pass
Tu San Canyon and Nho Que stream before stopping the water for hydroelectricity

Ha Giang is the northernmost land of Vietnam with the recognized Dong Van rock plateau and the Global Geopark, which is also the home of many ethnic minorities (Hmong, Dao, Lo Lo). , Tay…) creates many unique and unique cultural values. Anyone who has been to Ha Giang will be overwhelmed by the majestic mountains, by the skillful hands of people to survive here as well as the beauty of flowers throughout all four seasons. On the bus ride around the rocky plateau, you will be like bending down the slopes and passes to reach the heavens of Quan Ba ​​and Dong Van and admire the beauty of Ma Pi Leng and the green Nho Que stream.

Taking a boat to explore the highest canyon in Vietnam is a “must do” experience when coming to Ha Giang
The way down to Trang Huong bridge to touch Nho Que water

Ma Pi Leng in the language of the Hmong means “the bridge of the horse’s nose” to talk about the ruggedness of the mountains and the steep road like the bridge of the horse’s nose. In the past, people could only cross the mountain by walking, but since the road to Happiness was connected, Ma Pi Leng has become one of the “four great mountain passes” of Vietnam. And in that majesty, Tu San canyon stands right next to Ma Pi Leng pass as the final brushstroke for the wonderful picture of nature.

Ma Pi Leng is like a thread crossing the sky, and Tu San is like a majestic wall of nature
The way to Xin Cai, Sam Pun, Son Vy
Nho Que 1 Hydropower Plant has officially turned this river into a big lake

Only a few years ago, when the Nho Que stream had not been blocked for hydroelectricity, very few people had access to the foot of the vertical Tu San wall because of the rugged terrain. The houses closest to the gorge of the people of Ma Pi Leng village are also hundreds of meters away, making visitors only able to admire the majesty from the viewing points that are the bend on the pass.

When the hydroelectricity blocked the flow, the Nho Que stream stopped murmuring and became a quiet “lake”, people quickly used motorboats to transport guests who wanted to go down to the foot of the largest vertical cliff. This Vietnam.

Floating on a boat along the river is a very interesting experience to feel the magnificence of nature
Nho Que River before stopping the stream is like a big stream
In February, 3 rice flowers bloom red on the mountainside along the river.

From the end of Ma Pi Leng pass, near Meo Vac, on the way down to Xin Cai, Sam Pun, Son Vy, you will come down to Trang Huong bridge to touch the blue river. From here, it takes about 20 minutes by boat to reach the middle of this unique canyon. Before, the river was like the bottom of a V surrounded by mountains, but when the boat enters the gorge, you’ll be at the bottom of the U looking up at the soaring cliffs. In the February and March seasons, the whole riverside glows with the red color of rice flowers and the blue of the water, creating a very beautiful picture of mountains and forests.

Tu San Canyon is seen from Nho Que River
The houses between the rocky mountains of the Hmong people in the Ma Pi Leng area
The old Trang Huong Bridge and the green Nho Que stream
The cliffs of Tu San canyon where the mold monkeys live

According to information from the ranger unit of Meo Vac district, in addition to the uniqueness of nature when creating that vertical cliff, in Tu San canyon, there is also a colony of moldy monkeys estimated at 30–40 individuals. They live on craggy cliffs or hide in dense groves of trees. The diet of moldy monkeys is usually fruit, cereals and some small invertebrates, occasionally eating beetles or larvae, possibly lizards.

Monkeys are active during the day, so if you’re lucky, you can catch them while sailing on the Nho Que river. People here often get twigs or rocks thrown by moldy monkeys when fishing on a moonlit night in Tu San Canyon. Because of living on such steep cliffs, this group of mold monkeys is not threatened by human hunting activities.

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