|Nho Que River, a masterpiece that nature bestows on the land of Ha Giang. Photo: Le Travel
Lying at the foot of craggy rocky mountains, Nho Que river is as calm as a soft green thread winding, embracing the magnificent mountain slopes, creating a water-color painting beauty before of your eyes.
It originates from Yunnan (China), flows into Vietnam at the northernmost tip of Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province.
The characteristic blue color on the background of the dark rock plateau creates a divine scenery no nature lover can resist.
The legend of Nho Que river
Once upon the time, there was a big mountain in Ha Giang Loop that blocked the river effort from spreading life to the barren land on the other side, where was completely arid.
The River God was trying to negotiate with the Mountain God to asked him to move aside. However, the Mountain God pretended to be deaf and stayed silent for years. Knowi, the King of Heaven ordered the Thunder God to settle the situation. One day, the sky was scattered with deafening thunderbolts. The Thunder God swung down his sword to the mountain. Suddenly, there was an explosion that trembled the mountain and separated it into two.
The stream of water rushed around the valley and turned things ‘ alive ‘ as the hope of life kept going since then. This old tale became the legend of the charming Nho Que River.
Nho Que River cuts through Ma Pi Leng while the other side is Sam Pun. Major attractions when traveling to Nho Que River include Ma Pi Leng Peak and Tu San Abyss Alley.
More than a scenic spot, it is also a border river that marks the blood, sweat and tears of generations of Vietnamese people who fought to keep the land.
Tourists are very excited when learning about the belief and custom of the locals through stories and legends like so.
|Nho Que river flows through Tu San alley – the highest and deepest canyon in Southeast Asia. Photo: DU Gia Panorama
Tu San Alley is considered the “first majestic landscape” by its length up to 1.7km, nearly 1km deep and cliffs with a height of 700m – 800m.
|Standing on Ma Pi Leng pass, one of the majestic “four great peaks”, you can admire the spectacular scenery of Nho Que river with unique and fancy moss green color. Photo: Ky Nguyen Tourist
The scenery here is blended between the soft and gentle features of the river and the grandeur and craziness of the cat ear cliffs, creating an attractive destination for dreamers.
You can pay Nho Que a visit all year round and there is always something exciting to look forwards to.
In the hot summer weather, enjoy the cool, clear atmosphere, immerse themselves in the romantic space of the forest changing leaves when it turns autumn or even early winter
Springtime comes, the water here is crystal clear, in harmony between the pink color of peach blossom and the pure white color of plum blossom.
Boat trip is ideal for people traveling in big group. Tickets cost VND100,000 ($4.31) per person for a 30-minute boat trip. Visitors can request special photo stops along their way down Tu San Abyss Alley.
|Cruising on the boat, float on the river to relieve all your worries. Photo: Thu Caro
Come rain or shine, traveling along the river always offers a charming experience. Starting from Dong Van, visitors can travel to Ma Pi Leng Pass and take a look at Nho Que River from above.
|Photo: DU GIA Panorama
A shorter route to Ta Lang Pier is not advised due to its steep and dangerous elevation. Motorbike taxis cost VND150,000 ($6.47) and are recommended. The road down to the pier is about 8 km. It is small, slippery (during rainfall) and steep.
Adventurous travelers can go for boating or kayaking on Nho Que River. Memorable moments in the Northwest will make anyone fall in love.
|Photo: Nguyen Khac Khoa