Ha Giang is not only attractive to young people who love moving with its winding roads, stone fences or soil-wall houses but also with colorful flowers, white plum blossom, peach blossoms, yellow cauliflower… and especially buckwheat flowers.
Just in November, when the terraced fields are harvested, the pink and white flower carpet covering across the hillsides at the end of the Fatherland.
On the road from Xi Man to Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang) buckwheat flower fields stretch along the roadside blooming in early sunny morning in border areas making up a special pink and white colors. Admiring the beauty, no one can utter the word “so beautiful”!
Buckwheat flowers is a food crop of the poor, people here used to plant to reserve for the remaining pre-harvest days, Buckwheat powder is fermented for wine, stalks are used as feed for livestock.
Flowers are planted on the hills of Dong Van District, Xi Man, Hoang Su Phi District of Ha Giang.
In recent years, the fame of buckwheat flower fields has spread everywhere. Tourists love travelling to Ha Giang in this season. Many couples travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang in buckwheat flower season just to take photographs with this beautiful flower.
Buckwheat is a plant belonging to the rice, bounced from rice and corn, so-called Buckwheat. Bunched petals make cone shape, three triangles keep a particle in the middle. Buckwheat flowers are fragile but own a wild beauty – an endless source of inspiration of photographers.
Buckwheat seeds are used to make bread, wine, today buckwheat is mainly used for livestock, and also used in herbal medicine.
Buckwheat flower has a life cycle of about a month, at first flowers are white, they turn to pinkish purple and finally dark red. No one can expect the barren steep highlands with rugged rocks could grow such gentle flowers. Buckwheat flowers are sometimes as vast as a field, sometimes planted in swiddens, sometimes on rock fills, sometimes in the walls of houses, rustic and simple.
Chau Khoa (From multiple sources)