Vuong’s edifice is located in Xa Phin Village of Dong Van District, which is around 24km away from the district’s centre. The edifice is a rare historical witness that reflects Vietnamese architecture dated back to Nguyen dynasty (1804 -1839).
Surrounding Vuong’s edifice are rocky walls with the thick of 60-100cm, and are 3m in height. The inner layer is even thicker than the outer one. Both are equipped with loopholes. In between the two rocky layers is a large garden of around 50m2 where you may enjoy fresh air and shade of lush green trees.
The whole construction is divided into 10 smaller houses, among which 6 houses are situated on the same side, and the other 4 houses are in different directions. The main and biggest house faces to the front door. All houses are made of rare wood with giant columns, and are roofed with double tiles. In the central chamber of the main house still preserve a horizontal lacquered board gifted by a Nguyen King. Besides, the edifice has a lot of valuable antiques made my skillful craftsmen of Nguyen Dynasty. Since 1993, this house has been recognized as a historical monument by the government.
Dong Van Old Town:
Unlike old streets in Hanoi or Hoi An, the wind and the mist of a border land gives distinctive pattern to the old street in Dong Van (Ha Giang).
Dong Van Old Street took shape and started developing in the early days of 20th Century under Dong Quan, Nguyen Binh Division, Tuong Yen District, Tuyen Quang Province. Later, the area separated and immerged into Bao Lac Divison under the occupation of a Tay ethnic minority family. Gradually, this place attracts more type of ethic to come and live and develop it with diverse knowledge into higher levels.
At the present, Dong Van Old Street belongs to Quyet Tien Village and Dong Tam Village, with 40 old houses aged above 100 years old, which were build side by side at the foot of the mountain. Regardless of the time, rocky walls and wooden staircases roofed under double tiles are stood still.
Coming to Dong Van Old Street you would be able to experience contrasting scenes. In the morning, gray houses are woken up by golden light and lively sounds and animated ambiance of ethnic people wearing colorful costume walking around or trading with each other. In the afternoon, the quietness returns and covers the whole street. Only until evening takes place may you hear the melodious sound from pan-pipe blown by young Hmong men attracting their love mates. The town seems to really wake up at night with tumultuous ambiance from groups of ethnic people singing and dancing right in the heart of the old street.
During the lunar March, on 3rd, 14th, 15th and 16th, Dong Van Old Street become livelier than ever with the “Old Street Night” program. Every family hangs on lanterns in front of doors and demonstrates specialties of Ha Giang right in their house and sell to tourists: Thang Co (cattle’s organs hot pot), corn wine, brocades and other highland’s specialties. Art performances take place at the same time while everyone is enjoying and smiling happily together. Dong Van market, which is right beside Dong Van Old Street is not only a trading places of different ethnic minorities, but also a place of festivals. Since 1925, this borderland immersed with Chinese culture in term of architecture that created unique patterns of Dong Van Old Street.
Dong Van Rock Plateau
Dong Van is a district directly under Ha Giang Province, which is 146 away from Ha Giang City. The district has 19 towns, amongst which 9 border China. In the winter, the weather here is extremely cold, sometimes falls below1 Degree Celsius, but it is really cool in the summer with the average temperature at around 24 Degree Celsius. The typical weather phenomenon of Dong Van is thick mist. At higher peaks, you may easily “touch” clouds without being aware of.
Cu Town – the northernmost point of Vietnam is the most famous attraction of Dong Van. People say: “If you come to Dong Van without visiting Lung Cu, you have never been to Dong Van”, because it is “the roof of Vietnam”, where you may “look down to view the earth, and look up to touch the sky”.
Coming to Dong Van, you may taste the freshest fruits of North-western forests: peach, plum, peal, apple and persimmon, etc. Additionally, romantic sceneries of Dong Van are the inspirations for famous artworks and photos themed golden terraces, primitive forests or poetic rivers, etc.
Dong Van is also an ideal place for trekking and mountain climbing, where grandiose mountains may challenge your spirit for real. In return, breathtaking landscapes, meetings with local ethnic minorities and learn from their life’s stories are nowhere can be found in the world.
Lung Cu Flag Tower
From Ha Giang, following national Highway 4C to the Northeast for 160km, travelers might arrive at Dong Van District. Continue the trek on an asphalted road for another 40km to reach Lung Cu peak.
Viewing from a far, Lung Cu appears as a rocky area, highlighted by a high flag tower with a catchy red flag of Vietnam, which is surrounded by lush green forests. The total are of Lung Cu Town is 3,460 ha, which is divided into 9 villages: Lo Lo Chai, Seo Lung, Ta Gia Khau Can Tang, Then Van, Then Sa, Si Man Khan, San Cho, San Sa Phin. Here, people live mainly on farming and weaving. These villages are ideal for trekking tour around Lung Cu.
The weather in Lung Cu is mild year around, except for an extremely cold winter, when the temperature might be negative and it snows sometimes. Lung Cu is also known as a historical place of ancient objects dated Hung King ages. During Tay Son Age (1788 – 1802), this borderland played a critical part to announce the whole country if there is any signal of Northern invaders by using giant drums. Due to this, craftsmen in Lo Lo Village are skilled in making and using Dong Son Drum.
Mentioning about Lung Cu, people may immediately refer to specialties such as Shan Tea, honey wine, corn wine, peach blossom, pear blossom, Thang Co (cattle’s organs hotpot) and village fairs; and unique cultural patterns of ethnic minorities like Hmong, Lo Lo, and Dzay, etc. Visit Lung Cu in the Spring to get the most beautiful days of a year with fresh air, melodies of love, and flickering drums next to warm camp-fire.