1. Mau Son
|Mau Son Mountain|
Mau Son Mountain is considered as the roof of the North-east where Mau Son peaks that travelers always want to conquer. This is also the place where Vietnam has the common borderline with China, where there is the cultural convergence of different ethnic groups going through many centuries but remaining today. Mau Son Mountain is lying among hundreds of small mountains. The climate here is mild: in the winter, Mau Son is always covering by clouds; in the summer, the sun shines brightly; in the spring, Mau Son is dyed with the red of peach flowers. Peaches in the mountain are both big and sweet. Mau Son has a very good type of tea and aromatic wine made by the people here with yeast composing of some special herbs in Mau Son. Only at that high level, with the source of water flowing from the heart of Mother Mountain, the taste is so delicious. To Mau Son, tourists can not only enjoy the scenery, fresh air but also mix themselves into the life of local people, the culture of ethnic minorities here.
2. Nhi Thanh Cave
Nhi Thanh Cave
Tam Giao Temple - Nhi Thanh Cave is one of the eight beautiful landscapes of Lang Son Province. According to many documents, the temple was built by Ngo Thi Si - the provincial governor of Lang Son for worshiping the three Confucius (Confucianism), Shakyamuni (Buddhist) and Lao Tzu (Daoism). On the left side of the temple is an image of a dragon carved, on the right side is an image of tiger carved. The layout influencing by the Taoist idea of "Left Green Dragon, Right White Tiger" corresponding to the eastern and western constellations. Opposite the cave's door and at the highest level, Ngô Thi Si set his statue on the stone which is considered one of the high-value works of art at that time. Inside the relics, there are also twenty monuments carved directly on the cliff recording many precious materials and guest writers of the contemporary scholars.
3. Bac Le Temple
Bac Le Temple
Bac Le is an ancient temple in Tan Thanh commune, Huu Lung district, Lang Son province. The temple is located on a high hill, under the shadow of ancient trees hundreds of years old. No one knows when the temple was built. However, based on the stone tablet built-in 1919, the temple was a small shrine before. Due to the donation of Hai Phong charitable person, Bac Le Shrine was built into a three-room temple in the style of Chinese architectural art. After renovated many times, the temple still retains the traditional look combined with modern elements and many ancient relics: nineteen large statues made of jack wood, parallel sentences carved delicately, etc. The temple of Mountain Goddess (the goddess provides the source of yields of mountainous area for human) - one of the three goddesses worshiped in the system of Vietnamese folk beliefs, and Chau Be, a real person in the area., According to the people in the region, Chau Be can be on behalf of Mountain Goddess to implement the wishes of the people.
4. Chi Lang Trail
Chi Lang Trail
Chi Lang Trail is the sacred land with extraordinary people in the northern border provinces of the country. With the terrain is difficult, Chi Lang is considered as the wall of Thang Long Capital, because it blocks the infiltration of Chinese invaders from the North. Chi Lang has a large scale of about 20 kilometers in length and 3 kilometers in width connecting Chi Lang and Huu Lung District of Lang Son. Chi Lang is a scenic area surrounded by the Kai Kinh Mountain in the west and Bao Dai Mountain in the east. The two points of the trail have independent high rocky mountains, forming a dangerous topographic. Chi Lang's heroic history is closely linked to the activities of the genius militants such as Ly Thuong Kiet, Tran Quoc Tuan, and the talented leaders of Lang: Phan Canh Phuc, The Loc, Hoang Dai Hue, etc.
5. Mac Citadel
The citadel of Mac Dynasty, located in the territory of Tam Thanh ward, Lang Son city, is a military architecture relic reflecting feudal Vietnam. According to the remaining documents, the citadel was a military base that prevented the monopolistic path from North to South and was built by Mac Kinh Cung in the 16th century as a base against Le - Trinh. The road from the foot of the hill to the citadel's gate now has several straight stairways. Therefore, when looking at the far position, we will feel like the whole stairway is vividly deep. And when going to the citadel, we will feel that the scene is airy. Standing inside to look out, we recognize the favorable position of the ancient citadel: in front of it is a valley of rice fields, then to the busy village, followed by the successive mountains.
Interesting places to visit in Lang Son (part 2)
The relic of Gio Cave includes a large area with many natural caves Bo Nhan mountain range, from Sao Thuong village to the center of Mai Sao commune. The most prominent cave of them is Gio Cave. Gio Cave is 10 kilometers from the south-east of Dong Mo-Town and 34 kilometers from the north of Lang Son City. The cave is also known as Thong Gio Cave (by the name of the local people). The place was discovered by local people before 1930. In 1998, Hang Gio was surveyed by the Central Geological Survey. Then, the Lang Son General Museum in collaboration with Chi Lang District Culture and Information Office and People's Committee of Mai Sao Commune, has carried out a survey of Gio Cvave two more times (the first one was April 2001, the second was July 2003).The road to the scenic is very convenient. From Hanoi, tourists can go by car along National Highway 1A about 125 kilometers, turn along the asphalt road 5 kilometers further to the foot of the mountain. To reach the cave's gate with a height of 100 meters compared to the yard grounds, you need to go up 392 steps made of stone and brick. The whole cave's gate is wide; the front door is about 15 meters wide, its ceiling is 10m high; the back door is 36 meters wide, its ceiling is 20 meters high. Into the cave, we see the floor is relatively flat and about 2500 square meters. The gate has a convenient path, divided into 3 floors, the length of all floors is 1500 meters. The first floor has a two-headed gate: one turn the East and other turn the West; the remaining floors turn the north. There are many stalactites hanging down. The stalactites in the ceiling, cave's wall, cave's floor and in stone columns in the cave form many shapes such as curtain, flowing water, the shape of animals (dragon, turtle, horse, etc), the shape of human and rice terraces, etc. When the light is shining, these stalactites are in all the fanciful colors.
6. To Thi Mountain
To Thi Mountain
In our country, the rich imagination of the people has given many mountains the name 'Vong Phu' (Forever waiting for the husband), the mountain in Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa for example. Unlike any mountain in anywhere, a woman called To Thi with Vong Phu Mountain has become a symbol of faithfulness, has been a source of inspiration for many famous writers. The folk story about To Thi and Vong Phu mountain are told to following generations through the poetic legends. It was said that that place once had a beautiful girl. She got married and then had a son. One day, the husband left and never returned. Every afternoon, she held her son to the top of the mountain to wait for her husband. Over the years, the rain and the sun made her tired and then petrified. If you go to Lang Son without visiting the statue of To Thi, it means that you have never been to this place.
7. Gio Cave
8. Bac Son Valley
Bac Son Valley
Bac Son valley with charming scenery is located in Bac Son district. The valley is surrounded by hundreds of large and small mountains. The early morning when the clouds still cover everything and the sun begin to grow is the best time to admire the valley. If you want to have beautiful pictures, you have to get up very early to climb to the top of Na Lay mountain with a height of 600 meters. Please notice that the road to the mountain is slippery and difficult to go, so you must wear the shoes having good friction and go with your group. Some of you who are not afraid to sleep on the mountain have to prepare tents and food and drink to sleep on the mountain full of mosquitoes.The rice fields in the valley in blue or yellow depending on the time you travel. If you want to observe the vast green rice paddies at the foot of the mountain, come here in from February to May. In June and July, the rice fields start to turn yellow, which creates a beautiful scene that nowhere has.