Monday, 18 Dec 2017

Touring the “fruit gardens” in the North

Updated at Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017, 16:19
The Hanoitimes - Coming to Thanh Ha district of Hai Duong province these days, visitors could be lost in the land of litchi.
Litchi ripens in June every year. Yellow and red litchi fruit dotting on the green shades. Sailing down the Huong River, one might feel like navigating the Mekong river and lost in the litchi orchards. Along the riverside, cluster of litchi fruit pulls down the tree limbs close to the water. The postcard scene is worth taking photo. While picking up and tasting a ripe litchi, visitor listens to gardeners telling story of litchi planting and harvesting. The litchi growers are so friendly that give visitors the feeling of being in their family's garden.
Of all the litchi orchards in Thanh Ha district, the one in Thuy Lam village is the most famous as a litchi tree here has been planted for more than 200 years and it is now still bearing fruit despite many natural disasters and upheavals of times. The tree is big; the branches are far-reaching, solid, green and shading all over the garden. Around the oldest litchi tree, there are up to four "children and grandchildren" litchi trees which have been planted for 150 years and still bearing bumpy litchi crop every year.
Every visitor coming here are surprised, interested and want to pick a litchi fruit from the oldest tree to feel how it tastes. The fans of travel said among themselves that if you haven't tasted the fruit of the oldest litchi tree, it is as if you haven't come to Thanh Ha and they considered the litchi fruit as being born from the myth.
Indeed, litchi in Thuy Lam commune has a pink color, sweet and thick flesh, small seed. People even say that Thuy Lam litchi makes you feel healthier and more clever. Unlike Thuy Lam litchi, litchi from other villages in the commune is bigger, sweeter and is also preferred by many visitors.
However, Thanh Ha is not only about litchi. Visitors coming to Thanh Ha can also see a lot of historical, cultural and spiritual relics, enjoy culinary specialties. Typically, it is about the museum, conserving rice and intangible values ​​associated with the land and people of Thanh Ha. This is a unique model of Hai Duong province in the Red River Delta, a typical representative of the rice production process in the Red River civilization for thousands of years which is reconstructed, stored and preserved.
Chi Le
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