Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

By Hoang Phong    November 8, 2019 | 10:38 am GMT+7
In late autumn and early winter, the Long Coc tea hills in northern Vietnam are blanketed by fog and turn into a photographers’ delight.
Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

Long Coc in Phu Tho Province, 112 kilometers from Hanoi, comprises numerous hills covered in tea plantations. They look like upturned bowls placed next to each other.

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

During weekends many youngsters choose Long Coc to take romantic photos with partners and pre-wedding photos.

Long Coc is also an ideal place to chill, away from the bustle of the city and amid the tranquility of the hills.

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

The most beautiful photos of the hills are taken when the sun begins to rise and the mist rolls gently in.

“During this time there are patches of fog moving slowly around the hills with the clouds lying close to the top of the hills and mysteriously covering parts of the area,” photographer Pham Hoang Cuong said.

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

The area is therefore considered to be one of Vietnam’s most beautiful tea hills. From this vantage point, one can see a countless number of green tea hills, teeming all around. 

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

The tea ‘islands’ are compared with the islets in Ha Long Bay, which is a UNESCO world heritage site in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam, where limestone islets and pillars jut out of a bay.

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

Tea farming is an important occupation in Phu Tho and the main source of income for many locals. A typical tea plantation in the hills of Long Coc measures around a hectare. 

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

The tea hills are scenic, particularly in the morning, when they are shrouded in fog. 

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

The fog lingers around the top during the transition from autumn to winter. 

Long Coc tea hills turn lovelier as season change brings mist

The mountains in Phu Tho are home to Muong ethnic minority group, whose culture and customs attract the interest of many tourists.

At Long Coc, farmers can be spotted strolling between the tea bushes with a basket on their backs and a non la, the Vietnamese conical hat, on their head to shelter them from the sun.

Photos by Pham Hoang Cuong

 
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