Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grotto Bua

The cave lies in the lime-stone mountain range of Châu Tiến commune, Quỳ Châu district, 170km from Vinh city to the North-west. The cave is named after the village “Bua” and in the language of Thái minority, it means Thẳm, and it’s locally known as “Thẳm Bua”. It’s a natural landscape closely related to historical legend, to the customs and culture of Thái ethnic minority.

First and foremost, it’s greenery of the river, of the grassland, of the mountain, the main-door of the cave overlooks South, in its front is a green valley, a little further is Hiếu river. The climate here is cool and fresh and good for vegetation and ideal habitat to animals and beasts. The cave has 3 doors: the front door, the back door and the side door and you will be taken by surprise with stalactites and stalagmites inside in all sizes and shapes: a human beings, a bunch of rice-paddy, and the cave can contain hundreds of people.
Story has it that in a great deluge, people evacuated in the cave, they struck gongs and drums, they danced and sung so as not to fall asleep to be fossilized, anyway, they became fossilize finally, so the stones look in different sizes and shapes as they are today. Especially, there is a fairy-well in the cave where from the water is quite fresh and cool and it’s said that even on hot summer days, just a small cup of water will make you relaxed.
Not only a natural landscape the cave is famous for its cultural activities when spring comes. In the tranquility of the mountain and forests, the atmosphere seems to be more merry and festive with young boys and girls in colorful costumes blowing bamboo flutes, dancing and singing lovely songs, on the grass-ground, in the fire-camps... everything, the festive atmosphere, the mystery of mountains and forests... makes the cave more attractive and fascinating due to its natural beauty and cultural identity.
 Bua grotto is really a destination for tourists at home and abroad. Once you come here, more you will want to be back, particularly in spring. 

                                         HIỀN THANH

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