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Binh Lieu in autumn

By Nguyen Sang – Thanh Hien

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Binh Lieu, situated in Quang Ninh Province, has emerged as a beloved destination for many travelers, particularly during the autumn season when they can revel in the cool mountainous ambiance, marvel at the enchanting expanse of white reed fields, visit pristine waterfalls, and explore sacred boundary markers.

Binh Lieu, a mountainous district nestled in the northeast of the country, is over 100 kilometers from Halong City. Blessed with a mild climate throughout the year and captivating natural landscapes, it is often referred to as the “miniature Sapa” of Quang Ninh Province. Especially during the fall, Binh Lieu becomes even more enchanting, with roads adorned by white reeds, earning it the moniker of the “reed kingdom” every autumn.

The reed season typically spans about a month, from mid-October to mid-November. The most abundant growth of reed flowers occurs along the western border road leading to Lang Son Province. During their bloom, these brilliant white reed flowers cluster together, blanketing the entire area. As the season progresses, they gradually transition to a golden hue. When the wind blows, the reeds sway gracefully, transforming Binh Lieu into a landscape akin to a smooth white silk ribbon. Under the gentle autumn sun, the paradise of reed flowers unfolds its beauty, resembling a captivating and poetic painting that captivates the hearts of tourists.

Furthermore, Binh Lieu boasts 64 boundary markers that visitors can explore. Among these, four markers are truly unmissable: numbers 1300, 1302, 1305, and 1307. These markers provide tourists with breathtaking panoramic views of the district. Among them, the landmark 1305 holds the greatest renown as it graces the highest peak in the region and offers the most splendid vantage point to admire the reed season.

Dinosaur Spine – The most adventurous and serpentine road in Binh Lieu

To reach landmark 1305, travelers must conquer the challenging 1.8-kilometer “dinosaur spine” route, characterized by its adventurous and winding nature. However, once this path is traversed, a sense of enthusiasm and fulfillment fills the heart. An additional stairway with over 2,000 steps can be found nestled amidst the hills. Upon reaching the summit, visitors are rewarded with sweeping vistas of Binh Lieu, vast stretches of white reed flowers, and the refreshing highland atmosphere enveloping the hills and mountains.

Visitors to Binh Lieu can immerse themselves in the grandeur of pristine forests and mountains, behold the magnificent natural panorama that exudes both serenity and comfort. This locale is also home to ethnic minorities like the Tay, Dao, and San Chi, offering travelers a profound insight into traditional culture, an exploration of unique local lifestyles, and the opportunity to partake in weekend fairs selling various ethnic products. Moreover, Binh Lieu boasts distinctive specialties that are exclusive to the region, certain to tantalize the taste buds of first-time visitors.

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