Chì Hamlet – An attractive community-based tourism destination in Hà Giang

In the recent years, travel trend to ethnic minority villages has become popular, especially with international tourists and young people.

Because of visiting there, tourists will discover unspoiled natural landscape and learn about many traditional culture features.

Grasping those needs, Quảng Bình District (Hà Giang Province) has focused on developing community-based tourism type and encouraging the participation of local people.

One of highlights is Chì Hamlet, Xuân Giang Commune, about 14 km from the center of Quảng Bình District.

With available natural potential and diversified traditional cultural identity of local people, the hamlet is developing gradually thanks to community-based tourism.

Chì Hamlet is home to 4 ethnic groups, of which Tày ethnic people accounted 96% and the rest are Kinh, Nùng, Dao people.

The villagers still keep intact specific cultural characteristics.

Those unique features are expressed from the design of stilt houses which back to mountains and face fields to interior decoration of bed room, altar, kitchen, living room and display of traditional living tools.

Especially, Tày people have traditional brocade weaving craft.

Skilled hands of Tày women created unique patterns in cloth, blanket, cushion which tourists choose as souvenirs.

And to Chì Hamlet, tourists will take part in weaving brocade with Tày women and choose favorite patterns to embroider by themselves.

Besides, tourists also can participate in many traditional games as tung côn (throwing a sacred ball), bắn nỏ (shooting with crossbows), cà kheo (walking on stilts), đẩy gậy (pushing sticks) and many other games.

Apart from stilts houses, dances, festivals and rustic lives of the villagers, Chì Hamlet is also gifted amazing natural sceneries such as Ông Bụt Slope, Lay Quang Lake…To here, tourists can see sunset, admire shimmering beauty of stalactites, or go fishing in stream, walk around Lay Quang Lake…

Community-based tourism type not only benefits for tourism industry, but also for local people.

It helps people to increase their income and improve their lives.

It also contributes to improving infrastructure as transports, electricity, water, communication network system, health, environmental sanitation…

These are reasons to ethnic people in Chì Hamlet have more awareness of traditional culture values preservation for tourism development.

THU GIANG

Source: Vietnamtourism.gov.vn

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