Ta Van commune in Muong Hoa valley is located in the South and 8 km from SaPa township. Ta Van mean “ a big turning road” like a basket brim. Vast terraces fields with unique position of a big turning road become a lanscape and a distinction of Ta Van. Seo Mi Ty century –old pine forest, a halp day of sloping road away from township centre, is also a particularly interesting eco –tourist site of Ta Van. Ta Van has become an integral tourist site for ecological excursions in SaPa.
Ancient rocks ground
Arriving in SaPa, it is impossible not to mention the ancient rocks ground in Muong Hoa where is of great “ good’s books”. The ancient rocks groud covers on an area of about 8 sq.km and a part of Lao Chai, Ta Van and Hau Thao communes, including 200 large and small stones spreading around Muong Hoa valley. It was discovered in August, 2004 by Jean Bartherlier – a French, he send announcement to Institute of Vien Dong Bac Co in Ha Noi. In1925, Victor Foulouben and colleagues has been carry out first discovery. Also, scientists have found 159 large rocks with carving shapes, which are the most ancient stone steles in Vietnam.
Lines of strange letters, images of geographical map and battlefield sketch carved on rocks are the ancient people’s hallmarks which are still decoded yet. According to scientists, the ancient rock ground is a huge fund of knowledge on nature and community life. And the folk legend bilieved that these were mutual agreements and documents of the ancient civilization.
In 1994, the ancient rocks ground was acknowledged a national – level cultural historical vestige and put in the list of preservation. It is now recommended to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO to acknowledge the world culture heritage.
Translated by Hong Ly