Beautiful mushroom houses in Lao Chai, Sapa
Once you have an opportunity to visit Sapa, do not forget to explore mushroom houses (mushroom-shaped) in Lao Chai village. Because being there, you will actually step into a fairy world with attractive, idyllic and rustic beauty.
Lao Chai village is a small area on a rocky mountain of height 2,000m.
Lao Chai village, where black Ha Nhi is the most popular ethnic, is a small area on a rocky mountain of height 2,000m with harsh climate and mist year-round. Life is quite difficult here. Going to Lao Chai village, you will feel life as in a story, where you get friend with clouds, talk with mountains, playing with wind and sun.
Life is quite difficult but very peace here.
Nature is a friend, but it also brings a lot of difficulties for people life here. They must avoid cold, frost, wind by building houses like arch watertight. Every houses in the village is like a square block with grass roof as mushrooms in the forest. Houses often have thick walls, no porch and are split to two rings: inner and outer. If you look closely, you will see that roof has short slope and consists of four layers of grass. There are several roof covered by lovely blooms.
Every houses in the village is like a square block with grass roof as mushrooms in the forest.
In particular, walls were built very solid and thick, about 40 – 50cm, height of 4 – 5 meters with stone layer in the middle of walls. It helps Ha Nhi people to be against cold and wind. However, because walls are too thick, so sometimes it is lack of air in the house. Wood stove is always fired, so all corners of the house seems to be coverd by smoke.
The houses are built solid and thick and it helps Ha Nhi people to be against cold and wind.
For Ha Nhi people, the house is something extremely important. Therefore, they take care of their house carefully. Building season is also chosen at the time after crop.
Source: Hanh My – Hachi8