Next post in menu About Vietnam, we will introduce about Bac Ninh Province (Tỉnh Bắc Ninh), which is located in the Red River Delta region. It is surrounded by Bac Giang to the north, Hung Yen to the south, Hai Duong to the east, and Hanoi to the west. The topography is quite flat with a complex network of rivers and springs, including Cau, Duong, and Thai Binh rivers.
The province has moon soon weather, cold winter. The annual average temperature is 24oC. The highest one is 30oC in July; the lowest one is 150C in January. The annual average rainfall is 1,400mm- 1,600mm. The rainy season lasts from May to October and the dry season lasts from December to April next year.
Bac Ninh used to be an ancient town, a trade centre of Vietnam from 2nd to 10th century. Buddhism penetrates into their early and flourished on Ly dynasty. Bac Ninh has tangible and intangible culture heritage. Many pagodas and temples were built such as Phat Tich, Dau, Butl like other cake such as doughnut. However, it has a special soft of rice, cracker of papaya, crunchy of green bean and fatty of coconut and Thap pagodas, Dinh Bang Communal House, Do Temple.
Phat Tich Temple
Many temples were built on moutains
Bac Ninh is cradle of Quan ho folk-song. The popular festivals take place in many pagodas, temples and communal houses, especcially they usually are orgazed in spring. Bac Ninh has some tradition handicraft villages such as Dong Ky Wood, Dong Ho Pain, Dai Bai Bronze, Phu Lang Pottery.
Quan Ho Folk-Song
Many Foreign Visitors join to sing Quan Ho
Husband-wife cakes (Bánh Phu Thê) is the specialty food of Bac Ninh. The cake is packed by Dong leaf and then boil. The cake does not have a good smellotus seed when eating. Moreover, it is a typical cake that people use in wedding day. In that day, husband will send this cake to wife. It is representing the happy future forever for their life.
To sum up, Bac Ninh is one of rare provinces in my country can maintain the long tradition, especially Quan Ho folksong. The government is trying to keep this to help the young generation can know more About Vietnam, their own hometown. If you guys have a chance to visit here, make sure will not miss this special entertainment. Good Luck for your trip and Happy Lunar New Year.
From EZ Vietnamese Cuisine Team.