Introduction to Lo Lo Chai village
At the foot of Lung Cu National Flag Tower, in Ha Giang, is the country’s North Pole in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, there is a miraculous village. It is often depicted in legends and its name is Lo Lo Chai. The village is nestled in the rocky plateau of Ha Giang province and considered one of the most remote villages in the north of the country. Visitors to the village can easily spot the flagpole, which is about 1.4km away. The Lo Lo Chai village offers some wonderful sightseeing; green colours falling into the rocky mountains surround the area, where evidence of the unique culture and architecture can be seen.
The main road, which leads into the village centre, is full of daisies. Visitors should take the road at a leisurely pace and see the village. The familiar Trinh Tuong (earthen) houses appear after the stone fences, with maize hung on the houses and peach trees growing in the front. Near to the village is a large natural lake where the air feels fresh. Because the mountainous terrain can be difficult to navigate, especially in the winter when there is frequent bad weather, locals live in a self-sufficient way by growing maize, rice, and vegetables.
This area still bears the cultural imprints of the Lo Lo ethnic minority, which makes up around 90% of the population. They constructed numerous homes with mud walls, clay tile roofs, and stone fences. The tiled roofs are located close to each other, creating an idyllic and peaceful looking landscape.
The Lo Lo people’s cultural, material and spiritual values have been fully and vividly maintained. Visitors can see traditional crafts such as embroidery and carpentry.
The local people here, celebrate traditional festivities, including worshiping the forest god, a rice festival, a new house celebration, and folk dances.
People in the Lo Lo Chai village believe that life is difficult, but no matter how difficult, the chickens and pigs are indispensable animals in the Festival of Peace. They believe that during that time the chickens are close and friendly animals which will bring luck to the villagers.
Each Lo Lo village shares a sacred forest, which is forbidden to be cut down. The people believe that the forest is the place where the gods live, where the water source is kept for the people of the village. In Lo Lo hamlet there are shady old trees that people consciously preserve, creating their own natural landscape of Lo Lo villages.
Top Tips for your stay in Lo Lo Chai Village
Coming to Lo Lo Chai village, tourists should try on the colorful traditional costumes sewed and carefully made by the Lo Lo women. The costumes are hand-embroidered with elaborate motifs such as bird's eye, bird's foot, bird's wings, paddy terraces, and buckwheat flowers. Why not get that perfect Instagram photo when you check in at the most beautiful and important spots such as milestones 426, 428 or 476.