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Trekking through upland meadows in Lang Son

Text & photos by Thu Huong

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The northern border province of Lang Son boasts a wealth of stunning landscapes, including the historic Chi Lang Pass, the enigmatic Devil’s Eye Arch, and captivating mountain ranges. A visit to Co Huong, Tham Na, and Suoi Ma villages in Chi Lang District, situated at 1,200 to 1,400 meters above sea level, allows tourists to immerse themselves in the vast native upland meadows. These meadows have long been home to Tay and Nung ethnic communities who have raised goats and horses there, earning Chi Lang the nickname “the kingdom of horses” in Vietnam.

The tranquil scenery is perfect for tourists to embark on trekking adventures, exploring nature, and indulging in local culture and cuisine.

Devil’s Eye Arch, once the battleground against Ming invaders in the early 15th century
A serene freshwater lake in Chi Lang
Chi Lang, renowned as the “kingdom of horses” in Vietnam
A peaceful morning in a local village
Herds of white horses grazing in the meadow
Other livestock also enjoying the meadow
Vast grasslands atop the high mountain
The innocent beauty of Tay and Nung ethnic children
Flowers blooming on the upland meadows
Goats leisurely grazing in the area
Expansive steppes in meadows situated at 1,200-1,400 meters above sea level
Expansive steppes in meadows situated at 1,200-1,400 meters above sea level
Proficient horse-riding skills of ethnic women
The sunset casting its glow over Chi Lang’s meadows

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