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Autumn yellow takes possession of central Vietnam's Ru Cha mangrove forest

Two HCMC-based lensmen visited Thua Thien-Hue Province in early September to capture the beauty of Ru Cha mangrove forest turning yellow during the seasonal transition. The series of photos were taken by Cao Ky Nhan and Cao Thi Ngoc Diem in Thua-Thien Hue, home to Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital.

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

Lying around 15 km from downtown Hue, Ru Cha is a tiny islet on Tam Giang Lagoon. The islet was formed by large scale human encroachment, which narrowed down the mangrove forest to its current 5-ha size. Ru means forest and Cha is a tree species, so its name indicates a forest of Cha trees (excoecaria agallocha, a mangrove species), which used to grow densely in the area.

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

This five-hectare area is the only preserved primeval mangrove forest in Hue, serving the dual function of preventing saline encroachment and mitigating storm impacts. In recent years, it has become a famous tourist attraction in central Vietnam, especially in autumn when Ru Cha forest turns into a yellow carpet. In the middle of the islet, local authorities have constructed a five-meter tall watchtower from where its natural beauty can be experienced

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

It is not uncommon to see local fishermen rowing their boats around the islet. Fishing is the main vocation of Tam Giang Lagoon residents who live in their boats all year round.

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

This aerial shot boasts the natural color palette, with yellow on one bank of the islet, green on the other, and a fishing boat cutting between.

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

An intricate network of fences and fish traps are used by locals to breed and catch fish in the lagoon.

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

Interested visitors can rent a boat and row through the mangrove forest, take pictures, and even learn to fish with nets.

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

Local residents said it was not easy to enter the forest in the past and that tourists had to wade through water, take boats, or struggle through the mud. Today, visitors can ride motorbikes on concrete roads or take a small boat to go sightseeing around the forest. Inside the forest stands an ancient temple venerating Goddess Thanh Mau. Locals organize a spirit possession ritual (hau dong) here during the third lunar month, seeking her protection.

Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos

A little girl floats along with her family fishing for sustenance inside Ru Cha. Since there are no eateries or restaurants inside the forest, visitors often bring food of their own.

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Source: VnExpress 


Autumn yellow, takes possession, central Vietnam, Ru Cha mangrove forest, seasonal transition, series of photos
 
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