Tea Festival
Update: Jan 06, 2020
At the end of this year, when the H’Mong people in Son La province are preparing to celebrate their traditional New Year, with good news arriving for the local people. A population of 200 ancient tea trees in Be village, Ta Xua commune were recognised as a heritage tree.
A ceremony to receive the title "Heritage Tree" took place under an ancient tea tree. (Photo:vacne.org.vn)
According to Mua A Vang, Head of the Be village, local people earned their living from tea from many generations. There are more than 1,500 age-old tea trees in the enire village, of which 200 trees are ancient trees, with a lifespan of nearly 300 years, and a trunk diameter of 30 cm. On the occasion of being awarded recognition, local people took part in many exciting and joyful activities such as: a tea picking contest, a tea drying contest, a singing contest and a dancing contest.
H’Mong men and women dancing with ken (horn) and umbrella during the ceremony.
Harvesting on old tea trees
Drying tea by a wooden stove right next to the cliff
The image of the tea tree has been associated with the village and generations of local people.

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