bat xat lao cai
Landscapes in Bat Xat district
Muong Vi grottes and caves
Muong Vi grottoes and caves is located in a part of Muong Vi commune and inclusive of various small grottoes and caves. Until now, only 4 grottoes and caves are discovered and have their own special attraction.
Na Rin cave: This is a big cave having a lot of beautiful stalactites and different shapes spreading along stream, normally called Thuy Tien cave. Stalactites are silver white and transparent. There are also small and big stone stalactites sticking on the cave wall, creating a splendid and magnificent setting. Deep into the cave, there are more strange things. Long ranges of stone are linked with cave floor by big stone pillars which will emit sounds like drum- beats. In the core of the cave is a stream where is home for various kinds of fish. Nearly to the end of the cave, there is a patch of folding stlactites falling tree as a huge monk’s robe.
Cam Rang cave: is located in the halfway down the mountain. Stalactites in the cave are dark brown and solid due to a shortage of steam. Going inside, stalactites have a shape of a long calabash with a tray of yellow five fruits that look very delectable. At the upper heaven gate, there is a strip of noble stalactites like a crown with luxurious and sophisticated door curtains.
Cam Rum grotto: is also called “wind cave” because there is always a strong gust of wind blowing inside out. Cam Rum grotto has a lot of sensational legends and strange stalactites. Just stepping though the cave mouth, we will be surprised at charming natural scenery here. Stalactites make up small and thin edges. Some others twist to each other, creating a lumpy shell like snails, dragon or stair fields … and many others particularly interesting.
Cam Tam grotto: Cam Tam means “low cave”. It is divided into 2 separate floors. At the cave mouth area, there is a pyramid 3m- high hexagonal quartz pillar. This grotto has few stalactites but special supernatural power connecting with a legend about hard-working good- natured fairies who were very helpful especially to the local people in harvest time. There is also a great deal of farming tools like plough, pickaxe, rake, buffalo, cow, pig and chicken which were gifted by the fairies.
Muong Vi caves and grottoes is of large scale, beauty and popular factors, reflecting spiritual cultural life of the Giay ethnic community. Also, thanks to these factors, the complex of Muong Vi caves and grottoes was recognized a national charming vestige by Ministry of Culture and Information.
Muong Hum mountain city
45km in the northwest of Lao Cai city, passing over the complex of Muong Vi caves and grottoes and Xeo village, you will see a range of imposing mountains surrounded by clouds. That hill crossing road will lead you to Muong Hum mountain city.
Although a modern life has brought new gusts of wind to Muong Hum mountain city but it is still maintains traditional lifestyle, custom of receiving guests and religious cultural life. Travelers will be warmed welcomed and invited to have a familiar meal and a cup of heart- warming wine. On Tet holidays, Roong Pooc festival, grave- visiting festival, death pardon day or feast for good harvest, all families in Muong Hum mountain city often invites each other to have a simple meal with salted vegetable, duck, pork or dry buffalo meat and beef with cabbage.
Muong Hum market opens every Sunday. That is a place of meeting, exchanging and attaching relationship among different villages and people. To attend kermis, people in remote regions go to the market one day prior to its opening and gather in inns. The elderly gather in one place and talk about everything. Youths talk confidently. And many young couples have become husband and wife.