Cat Cat village is an age-old village of H’Mong ethnic group remaining unique customs and practices that are lots in other villages.Cat Cat Village could be a hide-way destination for those living in noisy and animated cities to escape. Once visiting this village, our fatigue was replaced with excitement and refreshment with wild nature and the good-nature Mong people.
I Cat Cat village information
Location: Cat Cat Village is 2km from Sapa Townlet, Sapa District.It takes about 45 minutes to get to Cat Cat village from downtown Sapa.
It would be a big loss for travelers for not visiting Cat Cat Village because of its beautiful and wild terrace fields, curling stone road and long-standing culture of the Mong ethnic minority people.
Visitors to Cat Cat have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll a round and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.
On the way, tourists can capture the peaceful images of Mong girls smiling in their colorful costumes or selling brocade bangles or Mong women knitting brocades in different patterns of flowers, trees, leaves and animals in front of their house or cute children with rosy cheeks eating candy.
Mong people are quite friendly and have been attached to their traditional work of planting cotton trees, terrace fields and corn fields and weaving brocade cloth. Coming to Cat Cat, travelers should taste some specialties of the Mong people including corn wine, thang co (a mixture of animal meat and zangs) and chicken’s blood curds among others.
In addition to the brocade weaving craft, many residents in Cat Cat are good at manipulating gold and silver jewelry. Their products are fairly sophisticated, especially jewelry for women.
Tourists to Cat Cat are most attracted by its unique customs, including the custom of “pulling wife”. A man can ask his friends to lure a girl he likes to his house and keeps her there in three days. During these days, if the girl agrees to become his wife, a wedding will be held. However, the girl can happily go home after three days if she does not like him.
Traditional houses of H’Mong people in Cat Cat have three rooms with three doors and covered with po mu wood roof. In the house there are three columns that stand in round or square stones. The walls are made from sawn timber. The main door is always closed and only opens when people in the house organize important events. Altar, inlaid floor containing food, places for sleeping, kitchen and receiving guests are indispensable parts of the houses.
II Cat Cat village photos
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