The waiting wife of Lang Son
To Thi, or "Lady To," has been perched atop Vong Phu Mountain for hundreds of years, waiting for her husband to return from war.
The statue of To Thi on the peak of Vong Phu Mountain
Legend has it that a Lang Son woman who lived centuries ago, To Thi, unwittingly married her long-lost brother. When her husband learned the truth, he volunteered to go to war and never came back. The innocent To Thi carried her baby to the peak of a mountain and waited for her husband. She waited so long that she and her baby eventually turned to stone. And there she still stands, baby on her back, looking out toward the sky in longing. The mountain was later named Vong Phu (waiting for husband).
The natural stone formation was unfortunately destroyed by limestone miners in the early 90s. But locals have since built a replica and placed it at the site. Atop the high peak, all alone, the woman looks lost, abandoned and lonely.
Vong Phu also boasts the picturesque Tam Thanh caves, Nhat Thanh, Nhi Thanh and Tam Thanh.
Inside Tam Thanh, the most famous of the caves, the 15th century Tam Thanh Pagoda and its statue of Amitabha Buddha draw pilgrims from far and wide.
Many travelers also visit Mau Son Mountain known for its cool temperature, generally around 15 degrees, and it's perfect hiking. The Mau Son Tourist Area offers accommodation and restaurants serving local specialties such as the famous Mau Son wine and homegrown peaches and pears.
Musicians from the Tay and Nung ethnic groups often perform at Mau Son and also invite tourists to take part in local folk games and eat regional specialty dishes.
Reported by Thuy Nhien
Source : thanhniennews.com
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