The pristine charm of the buckwheat flower fields is what makes Ha Giang more distinctive and attractive to tourists. According to the legend, in the past, people living in the Northern mountainous region lived mainly on corn and rice. One year, the harvest season did not come so they were out of rice and corn. Suddenly, they smelt a strange fragrance in the wind and saw a forest of tiny flowers. They started eating these grain instead of rice and corn. The name “buckwheat flower” was made.
Every year from late October to early November, when the autumn comes, the buckwheat flower grows in cluster and blooms pink from the valleys, mountains to the villages. In this season, tourists going on Ha Giang tours will be lured by carpets of buckwheat flower fields covering the hills and mountains. When newly blooming, the flower is tiny and white. Time goes by, the flowers turns from white to light pink, violet and finally dark red.
In cold foggy days, these little fragile flower petals are hidden in the mist, attracting tourists with the gentle beauty. You will feel as if you are lost in the fairyland as you set your foot steps on small trails and lightly touch these soft flowers swinging in the wind. In every buckwheat flower season, this appealing charm again captures the heart of tourists: wild as majestic mountain, gentle as the wind, colorful as vibrant colors of the Hmong’s traditional costumes.
We will introduce you to the cultivation of buckwheat flower is well-suited to the plateau of rocky terrain of Ha Giang. Trees are only planted in the autumn and the crop will last for three month. Flowers are beautiful but not fragrant. However, this fragile and beautiful buckwheat flowers has emblazoned the natural beauty of this region.
People in the mountainous region often cultivate buckwheat flowers for its grain-like seeds in order to make food specialties. They often take flour from the buckwheat to make cake or mix the grain with corn to brew wine. The leaf is used as vegetable and the truck is for cattle feed.