Terraced rice field- Stairway to Heaven

So as to make the best of poor soil, water conservation, and mountainous terrain, (1) terraced farming was invented and introduced by various cultures around the world. Extremely labor intensive to build, not only do these terraced fields support (2) civilization’s growing need for crops and essential goods but they also feature some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.

In Vietnam, there are (3) exotic masterpieces of nature and local people that are mostly yet unknown by travelers. Located mainly in the mountain areas in the North of Vietnam, the terraced rice fields are called the “stairway to Heaven” by many people. Living in the area of the high mountains, the only way for them to cultivate the wet rice is by creating terraces on the slopes of the mountains in which to keep water for growing the rice. Some of the terraces could run from the bottom to the top of a mountain, exactly like an incredible (4) stairway to heaven.

In contrast to rice cultivation on the plain, the Vietnam terraced rice fields can be cultivated with only one crop per year, normally from June to October. Starting in September, the fields begin changing color from green to yellow in preparation for the new harvest, this is called “(5) ripen rice season”- the most amazing scene of these stairways to heaven. Especially in lately afternoon, the sun is going down behind the distant mountains, giving magical light cover all the fields. These incredible pictures prove how beautiful human creativity can be.

(1)   Terrace (n): one of several narrow strips of land that are built like steps on the slope of a hill, used for growing crops on

(2)   Civilization (n): The stage of human social development and organization which is considered most advanced.

(3)   Masterpiece (n): a skillful or impressive example of something

(4)   Stairway (n): a passage in a public place with a set of steps that leads from one level to another

(5)   Ripe (v): completely developed and ready to be collected or eaten


Department of Consultancy and International Cooperation.

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