La Pan Tan

La Pan Tan is a mountain village of H'mong ethnic people in Mu Cang Chai commune, Yen Bai province. Before 1996 this area was the land of poppies, all families planted poppy. After that, the local government had to implement a special policy, in the first year, each aldut person was allowed to keep 100sq.m of poppy field, the area of poopy was reduced in second year and after third year poppy was banned. In 2007, Mu Cang Chai's terraced field has been recognised as a national landscape. The most beautiful terraced field are located in three villages La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and Ze Xu Phing.

La Pan Tan village (bản La Pán Tẩn) is the region has most beautiful terraces in Mu Cang Chai district – Yen Bai province – North West of Vietnam, located on road side of highways 32 the part route in between Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai.
 
The rice terrace fields in La Pan Tan village have been recognized as national landscapes by the Ministry of Culture – Sports and Tourism. There have been Yen Bai festival Mu Cang Chai rice terrace fields to attract more attention of domestic and international tourists about Mu Cang Chai.
 
This region of northwest Vietnam is poor and relatively undeveloped but very rich in natural beauty. Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace Fields stretching across the mountainside, layer by layer reaching up as endless, with about 2,200 hectares of rice terraces, of which 500 hectares of terraces of 3 communes such as La Pan Tan village, Che Cu Nha village and De Xu Phinh village.

Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace has been recognized as one of the unique landscapes of Vietnam, it is at the most and ranked national landscape.

Due to the landscape’s steeply sloping topography, the terraced fields are quite narrow; the difference between terraces to terraces is about 1m to 1.5m, demanding to keep the water sources on the land and ground for growing rice on the slope of mountain. So Hmong people think a way to keep water by make the land coast on the mountain to create the leveling rice terrace fields.

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