Warm up to a cozy fireplace in uplands

Wednesday, 2018-02-14 11:29:33
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Smoke on the roof of stilt houses in Lung Cu (Ha Giang).
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NDO – For ethnic minorities in the northern mountainous areas which are under year round cloud cover, a wood burning stove is indispensable for every home, particularly in the cold winter.

Almost every family’s activity centres around the kitchen, where the whole family gather around a tray full of hot food and the children with their half-closed eyes listen to the adults’ stories about the past. Beside the warmth of a cozy fire, any guests visiting the hosts are invited to enjoy a bowl of corn wine. The kitchen also functions as a place to hang their smoked meats and corn harvest.

In addition to being a safe harbour from the cold winter, the kitchen is a source of light and the breath of warm life, showing a beautiful aspect of the traditional culture of ethnic minorities in the uplands.

The host treats his distinguished guest beside the cozy fire.

Children play around while their parents work in the fields.

The place for warm motherhood.

A kitchen corner on Lunar New Year.

The kitchen is a source of light and the breath of warm life.