O Quy Ho pass is located right next to the national highway 4D running through the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, which is the junction between Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces, at an altitude of nearly 2000m above sea level. The pass is called O Quy Ho because there are birds with the cry "O Quy Ho" full of resentment and resounding echoes over the pass of the Phoenix bird, associated with the legend of Love Waterfall, where to meet of a heavenly fairy and the woodcutter named O Quy Ho. Legend has it that, the seventh female fairy after descending on a waterfall near the pass of bathing and playing around, this is Love Waterfall .. met the woodcutter Ho and fell in love with his flute. But then her parents and the Jade Emperor forbade and turned her into a Phoenix bird and turned Ho into a turtle lying still on the top of the pass. Over hundreds of years of history, the peak of O Quy Ho pass is still like the sword of a miraculous god, swinging and slashing down. Sometimes passing here we also encounter strange weather phenomena, showing a clear difference between the two regions. Sometimes the Lao Cai was warm and sunny like that, but when it came to Lai Chau province, it was busy with rain. The other half of Lai Chau may have gradually sunk into the darkness, while the other half still blushed in the golden sunlight.
O Quy Ho Pass - one of the largest passes in the Northwest (Photo collection)
For those who love to explore, O Quy Ho is the desire to conquer because it is the most winding and rugged pass in the Northwest mountainous forest with the sleeve-shaped bends full of adventure. When stopping at the top of O Quy Ho pass, visitors will see the immense endless of the sky and the Northwest. At the foot of the pass, there are lofty rice fields and winding paths. Halfway up the mountains were floating rivers of white clouds, drifting freely. All make visitors like standing in the middle of the first place.
Tourists drop themselves amid romantic nature
I myself have crossed O Quy Ho pass by motorbike twice, once during the day and once at sunset. Each time a different experience and bring different feelings. Sunset - The peak of a beautiful moment is the brand of this place, the rays of the end of the day shine down the steep cliffs or weave through the foliage of the road is very beautiful and fanciful, far away from the horizon of the blazing sun like Huge flames peeked out from the concealed mountain ranges. Stopping the car on the top of the pass, silent for a while to listen to the sound of the forest, the sound of insects, the sound of the wind or the murmuring streams through the ravine, we can really feel the peace.
Sunset on the top of the pass
O Quy Ho pass is like a priceless gift that Mother Nature bestowed on the Northwestern region, with the beauty and grandeur of this road that few places have. O Quy Ho, the longest pass route in Vietnam has been and is a destination that domestic and foreign tourists want to explore and feel.
Articles and photos: Phuong Chi