Growing Hydroponic Orchids

Growing Hydroponic Orchids!

What is hydroponics?

Well, it is growing plants without soil. There are different systems that can be used, but all in all they have the same thing in common. It is the use of nutrients – water mixture poured over inert substance called aggregates.

Here are some of the benefits I have found these growing hydroponic orchids:

easy to use

no wondering when to water

disease free growth

more vigorous growth

less maintenance

Ease of use goes without saying. With hydroponic orchids, the plant is placed in a special pot and is surrounded by aggregates. More on types of aggregates at a later time. The aggregates will not only hold water but also can trap air. They also allow for more freer air movement.

After transplanting a plant into a hydroponic system there is nothing to do except add nutrient laedened water. Yes, that’s it, water as needed according to the system you use and watch your orchid plants grow.

Taking The Guesswork Out Of Watering

I think the neatest part comes with knowing when to water and taking the guess work out of it. With growing hydroponic orchids there is no more wondering.. is this orchid dry enough to need water or am I giving it too much water. What are the leaves telling me?

The guess work is gone because the system you use allows you to know when to water. You could even go on vacation and not worry about how the neighbor or your mother will do with watering your orchids. Will they be alive when you get back?

No Soil – Less Chance For Disease

Because there is no soil being used and the aggregates are inert there is much less of a chance for the orchids to get disease. You do not have to worry about root rot and other diseases. So growing hydroponic orchids is the best world.

It’s The Nutrients That Make The Difference

The nutrients used are the same as are usually obtained from the soil. They usually will come with the system that is purchased but may be but in any store that deals with hydroponics. The nutrients may be a bit more expensive then traditional fertilizers. You can get them either as organic or chemical nutrients.

Substitutes for Media

There are different medium that can be used in growing hydroponic orchids. There are LECA, Aliflour, and Lava Rock amongst the most common.

LECA – (lecation) – which is a clay aggregate made into pellets. The clay is heated to 2000 degrees F and develops a hard shell with tiny air sacs. It provides for air circulation due to there round size and can trap water. This is what I recommend.

Lava Rock – it is a natural product dug out of the ground and used as is. These are porous on the surface and can trap excess fertilizer.

Aliflour – is made similar to the lecation rock but is not heated to the same high temperature. This makes the aggregate much weaker and can get crushed easily

Easy To Start

I have been using this a several of my orchids and have been impressed so far with the results. During the first month I used the “rooting” nutrients every 2-3 days. I filled the planter with the rooting nutrients and let the plant stand in it for about 1 minute, then emptied the nutrients back into the bottle for re-use.

After the first month I then used the system with its watering indicator with “blooming” nutrients. It is so nice to use an indicator to know when to water.

You will notice that your hydroponically grown orchids will grow faster and better. Usually there is between 30 – 50% faster growth. This is because the water used has nutrients that the plants love. The nutrients really enhance the growth of the orchids. You will see the blooms which can be larger and last longer.

As you can see with a system like these require a whole lot less maintenance for the orchids. It is a self contained system that is very easy to use.

As easy as it sounds remember that orchids can be fickle and blooming can be a bit exasperating.



Erectile Dysfunction and Nutrition – 8 Surprising Effects of Honey

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction you’ll be amazed at the effects honey can have on your sexual wellbeing. Honey has always been associated with love and sex, and finds an important place in literature. It is mentioned in the Bible, and has been known as an aphrodisiac as far back as 500BC. Hippocrates, considered one of the greatest figures in the history of medicine, was known to prescribe honey for sexual vigor. The Kama Sutra, an ancient Indian work on sex life, praises the benefits of honey. It has long been a traditional part of Indian weddings and even today the bridegroom is often offered honey to boost his stamina. Avicenna, a great Persian physician of the 11th century, considered honey to be “the food of foods, the drink of drinks and the drug of drugs”, and prescribed honey mixed with ginger and pepper as a sexual stimulant.

In fact the word ‘honeymoon’ is derived from an old Viking tradition in which newlyweds, in their first month of marriage, would drink a daily cup of honeyed wine, called mead. The Vikings considered mead to be a fertility enhancer and aphrodisiac.

And there appears to be a scientific basis for the idea that honey is good for sex. Research has show that a 3 ounce dose of honey can increase nitric oxide levels in the blood by up to 50%. Nitric oxide is the chemical that is released during arousal, and is responsible for causing the blood vessels in the penis to dilate. When the tissues are dilated or relaxed, this allows increased blood flow into the penis, causing an erection.

Honey has been used by many people over the ages as a general tonic or a medicine. The Ayurveda system uses it profusely in all its medical preparations. Honey, when used appropriately or combined with other food items, can promote growth and regeneration of body tissues and strengthen even a healthy body. Since it contains several anti-oxidants, it makes it vital to our overall health. In addition, it has the following beneficial effects on our sexual health:

1) Honey has the most potent aphrodisiac power to improve your sex life since the bees gather nectar from aphrodisiac flowers such as jasmine, orchids or marjoram.

2) Pure and unheated honey is a mild natural sexual stimulant, since it contains numerous substances such as zinc, vitamins B and E which promote virility and reproductive health. It is also easy to metabolize, and as it is a sugar, it provides our bodies with sustained high levels of energy.

3) The vitamins in honey also boost testosterone production, while the boron in honey helps the body to use estrogen, which is important for sex arousal.

4) A mixture of honey and grounded garlic taken regularly at bed time gives a stimulating effect that increases sexual stamina and pleasure.

5) Honey has been found as a sperm booster. It can provide lasting remedy for men with a low sperm count problem. It can boost the sperm count from level zero to a fertility level of over 60million count. Regular intake of honey can increase the production of sperm cells and also the quality and motility of the sperm cells.

6) Honey mixed with boiled onion juice (two tablespoons taken twice a day for at least a month) will assist in combating weak erections.

7) Home remedies of South India suggest that taking honey mixed with ginger or garlic juice and raw egg before bed time every night can increase sexual virility.

8) Researchers say that certain properties in raw honey can boost the testosterone level in men, which in turn will increase your libido!



Indigenous Flowers of Hungary

Hungary, or the Republic of Hungary, is a country located in central Europe. A great part of the country is covered by forests and green fields. It has a continental climate with cool winters and moderate summers. One can find various species of flowering plants in the country due to the favorable environment. Moreover, the government of Hungary is working hard to protect the flora and fauna of the country. Thus, ten national parks full of unique flower species have been established in Hungary by the government. Some of the indigenous flowers of Hungary are stated below.

Tulip

The tulip is the national flower of this country. The red tulip is especially popular in Hungary and is a part of Hungarian folklore. Tulip motifs can be found in Hungarian handicrafts. The flower is also associated with gifts of love. One can also find the flower in flower decorations and home gardens in Hungary.

Peony

It is native to Hungary and can be found in mountain woodlands. Although it is a wild plant, it is now grown in gardens as well. The flower is quite large and beautiful. The color of the flower can be red, pink, reddish-purple and white. It is used across the world as a remedy for various ailments.

Hungarian Lilac

Hungarian lilac is native to Hungary as well as some other countries in Eastern and Central Europe including Romania and Ukraine. The height of the lilac shrub can range from 2 meters to 4 meters. The flower is quite fragrant and is dark pink in color.

Hungarian Blue Poppy

This is quite a beautiful blue flower. The flower is grown for decorative purposes and is used for baking also. It is also commonly used in crafts and dried flower arrangements.

Hungarian Daisy

Hungarian daisy can be found in floodplains along the Tisza River. It is a perennial plant and the flower is white in color. The flower is also quite large and lovely. It is very easy to grow as it needs little attention. The blooming period of this flower is from late summer to mid fall.

Hungarian Crocus

This flower can be seen on the reverse side of the two-forint coin. It was discovered in 1867 by Viktor Janka. It is blooms quite early in spring when the grounds are covered with snow. The flower is small and lilac in color. This is a protected flower in Hungary.



Five Common Tulip Pests and How to Stop Them

If you have been growing tulips for any length of time, you know that they require a great deal of patience. Most flowers you buy have blooms or soon will at the time of planting. With tulips, you have to prepare the soil and plant tulip bulbs in the fall, and then wait all winter for the payoff! If something has gone wrong in that time, you can be left with an empty flower bed instead of the bright spring blooms you were dreaming of in January.

That’s why it makes sense to minimize the probability of a tulip pest invasion. Instead of worrying if your tulips will bloom this spring, you can spend your time worrying if the red would have looked better next to the yellow.

Here’s a quick run down of five common tulip pests, and what you can do to minimize the damage.

1. Blight. Blight, or tulip fire, is a fungus that infects the bulbs and can cause brown streaks or spots on leaves and flowers. It is highly contagious and can live for years in the soil. Blight can be prevented by discarding any bulbs which have visible signs of damage such as bruising or cuts, dusting bulbs with fungicide before planting, and burning any bulbs and plants that show signs of blight.

2. Squirrels. Tulip bulbs are edible, and squirrels will dig them up for a tasty snack. To protect your bulbs from these bulb mining pests, plant your bulbs as usual, but then top them with a layer of chicken wire to keep them from being dug up.

3. Moles. Unlike deer and squirrels, these pests attack from beneath. To protect against them, build small cages from chicken wire to house your bulbs. You can also try placing dog hair or feces in their runs to encourage them to live elsewhere.

4. Aphids. These tiny little creatures probably won’t kill your tulips, but they can cause unsightly damage such as curling or yellowing of the leaves. For a mild infestation, just a spray of water will probably do the trick. For larger numbers, insecticidal soap provides a temporary cure. Also, controlling ants will help to reduce the aphid population, since many ant species actually protect aphids from their natural predators. Reducing the ant population will result in increased aphid predators.

5. Deer. Deer love tulips, and they will eat them right down to the ground if given the opportunity. The best way to rid yourself of these tulip pests is to apply a repellent specially designed for deer such as Deer Out. There are also home remedies available, but the results can be less than spectacular. Some people claim to have good results with decorative water fountains that make noise, but after a while the deer will become used to the sound and it will no longer frighten them away.

With a little planning and forethought, you can eliminate practically any tulip pests you may run up against. Here’s to a bright and beautiful tulip season.



Mnemonic Techniques For Accelerated Learning

Hi! In this particular article we’re gonna go take a closer look at mnemonic techniques which origin can be found in ancient times. They were created by Romans and used very often in their lives. The main idea is to develop a number – key image system to put new information in an established, well remembered position in our mind. We have short and long-term memory and when we use a mnemonic-technique we create a kind of database/library somewhere between two of these.

Imagine that you have a private library containing all your knowledge. When you need to information on your body structure you check the biology shelf, when you need a shortcut used in one of programs which you use at work you take a book from informatics knowledge shelf. On the other hand when you’ve got a new information you simply put it on a new shelf or on a shelf with other books with similar subject. Sounds good? If no then realize that in a process of remembering something using mnemonic techniques you simply bypass the short-term memory. When you learn for an exam this is the place where all the information go – remember and forget after tomorrow’s test. But when you use a mnemonic technique you put this information on specific, well known positions in which you’ll find/see them the next time you gonna think “What I’ve putted on that orchid flower standing by the window?” Because instead of shelve you can use object as in mnemonic technique called “Roman Room” – generally you create a house or a room in your imagination with as much objects (image-links) as you want and then link stuff with it. For example if you want to remember to read a book before going to bed simply put it on bed in your roman room. There’s a link to a complete walk-through for this one at the end of this article so if you want to know how to perform it you know where to start. As for other mnemonic memorization techniques there is a chain method and memory table method.

The chain method is very simple – you just imagine first element you need to remember performing an action on second element, then second element on third, then third on fourth etc. The big plus of this technique is that actually you just need to remember first element and all the others follows “animation” you’ve created in your mind.

Memory table is a little bit more advanced as it involves creating a table with 100 elements joined with number. Example

01 (zero/o one) – Zombie Zero
02 (zero/o two) – Zodiac Double (a bar or pub;))
03 (zero/o three)- Zet Three (a guy called ZeT instead of Zed, in a matter of a fact he have this name tattooed on his forehad)
04 (zero/o four)- Zephir Four (big robot, F because ph is read as F)
05 (zero/o five)- Zoo Five (Zoo park in district five? all the animals have a furry pattern with number 5 on head? it’s up to you!)
06 (z/o six)- ZeuS Six (you know… that guy throwing with lightnings hear and there)
07 (z/o seven) Zero Seven (a very dangerous floor? level? access code?)
08 (z/o eight) OH eight (instead of O Hour)
09 (z/o nine) Onion (can be old one)

So to remember this positions I’d create a story in my mind in which I would see a pissed of Zombie Zero getting first into Zodiac Double bar and starting to chat to this ZeT guy. The talk doesn’t go so good so they end up on the street thrown out by Zephir Four cleaning robot which after taking care of them goes to Zoo Five to enjoy. While watching weird-pattern-five animals he enjoys and think about how beautiful word gets. In the mean time above him there’s Zeus, a good of six lightnings choosing a new cloud for his room. The cloud with number Zero Seven is already taken by some other gods so he gets nervous and fly high, high and find another cloud, but this one makes him say “OHell, this one is to height!”. Even though the cloud reacts to his presence and change into a big fluffy onion.

All right, maybe that story is crazy but it’s just example. The key is to make a table of ten elements with live images.

Remember them good, then practice by repeating it hundreds of times in a manner (first position- last position, every second from first and last). When you know it perfectly and operate fast it’s ready to serve you well. If you want to remember something simply imagine it on one of the elements from above template. If you have a history lesson simply read it, split into 10 parts with key word for each one. Then join each of these word with position in table so when it comes to answer on test or simply tell story to the public you just go first element – entrance of the dragon, second element – the dragon slides on the ice, third element – the dragon fall into cave. As long as you’re able to say a few words about each of the sentences you’re cool to speak for twenty or forty minutes without one note or piece of paper! Quite amazing, isn’t it? There’s one very important thing you need to know!



How to Water Orchids Safely

There are so many things to do in and around the home that takes time or the processes that are necessary are either more difficult or perhaps the correct processes isn’t known so the task is left undone. It occurs more often than not that these tasks are actually not time consuming at all and simple to do. Watering plants is one process that can be somewhat confusing especially since it can be a very easy thing to either under or over water a plant. This is the same when it is time to water  orchids ; the question is how much water and when should the plant be watered?

Understanding where  orchids  originated should help to explain how and when to water  orchids . These lovely flowers are typically found in tropical areas; these areas as most of us know are warm and humid with rain off and on. In nature, the  orchid  is provided a sufficient amount of moisture on a regular basis. When we bring  orchids  into our environments, their environment changes and we must apply similar or the same amount of moisture that Mother Nature did when we water  orchids .

When an  orchid  is purchased, it usually is pre-planted into a pot which should have a saucer with it. The saucer is important as it holds the excess water that was given to the  orchid . The  orchids ‘ roots should never sit in water as this can cause root rot and possibly kill the plant. The soil or other material that the  orchid  is in will only hold so much water and the saucer will hold the excess water as well as not allow the water to spill onto the object the plant has been placed upon.

It can be questionable as to when the best time to water  orchids  is. Should the watering be on a regular basis such as weekly or monthly? Many of us are so busy that we may forget at times that our houseplants require attention too. When this happens, we take our watering can and begin watering each plant a great deal of water or until water runs out the bottom of the pot. This really isn’t the ideal way to water plants. Most plants need some water on a weekly basis especially during the warmer months. Water  orchids  when the soil is slightly damp; the soil should not allowed to be completely dried out; remember the  orchid  originally came from a humid environment.

The amount of water to provide can vary from time to time and the  orchid  should never be given so much water that the soil is soggy. If this happens, it will take some time for the soil to dry as well as the  orchid  to absorb the water. To water  orchids  correctly, the water should be room temperature and should be slowly poured into the  orchids ‘ pot. Allow the soil to absorb the water before adding more water; if the  orchid  hasn’t been watered for some time, add enough water so that there will be a little water in the saucer. This way you know enough water has been given and there is a little extra in the saucer if the  orchid  needs it.



Gloomy Or Sunny, June Provides Perfect Weather For Outdoor Gardening

Gardeners can take advantage of the typically cool June weather in Southern California to plant summer vegetables, flowers and trees without worry of heat-related plant damage.

Vegetables for Small Spaces: If you are limited in your vegetable garden space, consider planting vegetables that produce big quantities per plant. These include cucumbers, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Mount tomato plants on a trellis to free up even more space.

Plan Your Herb Garden Based On Water Needs: Many herbs require little water. Rosemary, English thyme, oregano, lavender and sage all do well with minimal watering and little shade. Other herbs such as basil, chives and cilantro require moist soil and indirect sun. Plan the placement of your herb plants according to water requirements. For longer life of herbs, pinch back flowers as soon as they appear. Cilantro and basil are examples of quick-flowering herbs. By pinching back, plants grow more leaves, and in some cases, can continue to produce for a year or more.

Plant Citrus Trees: Plant citrus trees in June for best results. Waiting until the hot weather months of July and August puts stress on trees when planted. Cooler temperatures afford the best conditions for tree planting. If unable to plant trees in June, wait until fall when the weather cools. Remember, when planting a tree, the hole should be at least twice a large as the tree’s root system. After placing the tree in the hole, fill the hole with a mixture of soil conditioner and soil. Press firmly on the soil and water deeply and thoroughly. The soil should be moist at all times for the first three to four weeks following transplanting. Apply a two to three inch layer of mulch around the trunk to keep in moisture and to keep the soil cool.

Protect Your Garden From Animals: Many gardeners tend their vegetable plants with care only to see rabbits, squirrels or other animals eat the fruits of their labor. To protect the garden, purchase 3/4″ wire mesh that rises two to three feet high and at least one foot deep into the ground. Bend the mesh wires away from the garden so rabbits cannot easily job over. A natural animal repellant is crushed hot chili peppers scattered around your garden. Both rabbits and squirrels will stay clear.

Landscaping With Tropical Plants: If a backyard tropical paradise is in the plans, June is the time to plant. Hawaiian bamboo, ferns, palms, banana trees, ginger, hibiscus, orchids and bougainvillea all do well. June’s mild weather reduces the stress of planting or transplanting.

Not Too Early To Plant Pumpkins: October may be four months off, but now is the time to plant pumpkin plants so pumpkins are ready by Halloween. Plants should be six feet apart so that long vines can grow. The plants need lots of warmth and moisture to thrive. Yellow flowers will start to appear several weeks after planting. The flowers will develop into pumpkins after they are pollinated. Each pumpkin plant will produce three to five pumpkins. If you are interested in growing large pumpkins, keep only one pumpkin per plant so the plant can focus all its energy on the one fruit. Pumpkins will be ready for picking in three to four months.

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Vegetable Gardening For Beginners – Planting a Beautiful Vegetable Garden at Home

Are you looking to plant your very own vegetable garden but you’re not sure how to get started? Planting a healthy vegetable garden provides so many benefits including an abundance of healthy organic food and saving thousands on your grocery bills. I don’t know about you but I still remember the days when a tomato from the supermarket tasted like a tomato, not anymore unfortunately. Let’s look at some vegetable gardening for beginners tips to help get you started today.

Vegetable Gardening For Beginners – Tips

Preparation is the key to growing a beautiful and healthy vegetable garden. Planning is critical for setting up a vegetable garden that you can harvest every daily. Vegetable gardening for beginners does not have to be difficult with the correct planning.

First you must decide on your plot, the area for your garden. The ideal spot is somewhere that receives plenty of morning sun and protection from the elements such as wind. Although you maybe limited with the space you have available don’t be discouraged as you will be shocked at how much you can grow by maximizing the space you have. Ensure there is sufficient drainage for water run off.

Importance Of Soil Quality

One of the most common vegetable gardening for beginners tips you will hear is never underestimate soil quality. Soil is the life line of a garden do not underestimate it’s importance. You must ensure that your soil preparations include checking the soil and preparing it by testing its pH levels. The ideal pH level for your soil is 6.5, if you do not have a test kit you can go to your local garden outlet and let them test it for you.

Don’t stress if your levels are out of whack for the moment, you can purchase garden lime that will improve the pH levels of your soil. In a nutshell your pH levels will determine how much nutrients your vegetables will be able to receive.

Preparing Your Plot

Dig your plot and turn your soil over, ensure you dig into a depth of about 12″ (30cm) and remove any weeds you find by hand. Avoid using weed killers and they can effect your soil structure and levels. Once your pH levels are in healthy range, wait 4-5 weeks before you begin planting.

The vegetables that you grow will dependent on where you live. Speak to your gardening outlet that will buy seedlings from for the most suitable vegetables.

Ask about purchasing some organic fertilizer which will be the life blood of your garden. Organic fertilizers such as animal manure, blood and bones as well as compost are terrific choices for providing essential nutrients and moisture.

Growing Vegetables Year Round

The key to planting a successful garden is to have vegetables that you can harvest year round. By doing this you can rotate different vegetables to help ensure the health of your gardening by limiting pests and diseases. One of the most common vegetable gardening for beginners mistakes is insufficient planning and set up process.

If you set up your garden correctly you will have vegetables that you can harvest every single day. With the right planning your garden should require very maintenance and upkeep as it continues to provide fresh, organic food for you and your family for years to come.



Organic Gardening Makes Your Life Better

Why do I love to garden? It stirs a passion in my soul. The earth enjoys the touch…to be turned and cleaned and nourished. The seeds enjoy the warm bed and the blanket of earth to embrace them. The seedlings reach for the warmth of the sun with outstretched leaves to soak up each ray. The rain showers the young plants with a cooling mist on a hot day. In time and with patience the young seedlings grow into wondrous plants reaching towards the sky. And while we’re not watching, I’m sure they’re soaking in the moonlight as we sleep.

Each morning after sunrise, I walk through my gardens greeting each plant with the cool freshness of the day. Then I gently water them, coaxing each bud to grow. I wish a good morning to the grape vines that wander aimlessly up the trellis. Standing with the young fruit trees, I measure their growth as they branch out into the world. They will reach their fulfillment, growing stronger each year, until they are covered with luscious orange peaches and juicy red plums. I brush against the leaves of the berry bushes. They gladly drop a burst of flavorful blueberries and raspberries into my hands. And then I wander into the abundant vegetable garden. Have you ever really tasted a ripe tomato or pepper? They grow in colors from yellow to orange to deep red. Brush aside the earth and harvest a golden crisp carrot. Grab a handful of sweet lettuce and bring it to the table for a truly fresh salad. I visit my herb garden and snip a few leaves of parsley and basil for the afternoon meal. And then there are the volunteers. The plants that choose to grow where they’ve been asleep all through the winter. What a fun surprise to watch them mature and discover what my garden is offering up as a gift this summer.

A garden truly is a delight for the senses. The touch of the cool damp earth awakens me to the day. The fragrance of the lavender and roses slow me down just long enough as I pass. The taste of the ripe fruits burst into my senses. The colors cause my imagination to soar. And do you hear the music? The birds sing praise to the day. The butterflies silently stop by for a sweet drink of nectar. The hummingbirds brush past my face and then pause momentarily with me to contemplate the peace of the moment. It is a symphony of summer that only a garden can produce.

A patch of grass can become a work of art. Make a space in the grass and plant some flower seeds. Add some water daily, some sunshine and a bit of love , and soon that space is a living mural of colors. You bring new life into your world, new color into your imagination and best of all you have a garden!



Cao Bang, A Picturesque Place of People and Scenery

Waking up early in the morning, our adventure begun by visiting the local people in Quang Hoa district. The locals here are mostly Tay, Nung and H’Mong tribes, each has its own customs and costumes. It’s quite hard to distinguish among them if it’s your first visit. I find it very interesting throughout all my travels to Vietnam that there are 54 different tribes in Vietnam, there is so much diversity in this country it is incredible. Talking to the guide, he shares his knowledge about the tribal costumes; costumes of Tay women look like Ao Dai but in black. The most remarkable part of their costume is a highly detailed colored bell above the waist. Nung women’s traditional outfits, on the other hand, have wide sleeves on both the top and bottom, wrists and collars are decorated by colored pieces of cloth. Costumes of H’Mong women are the most colorful in my opinion. The top part of their costumes are full of beautiful colors and flare; the skirt is also decorated by incredibly detailed embroidered motifs. As we visited a H’Mong family, some women were gathering together to embroider a piece of cloth, asking them what they were doing, they shared the process with us. This particular piece of cloth will be used for their daughter’s wedding dress. Under their ingenious hands, the piece of cloth turned into a beautiful dress with colorful and delicate flowers. Her daughters wedding is very important to her and having the most beautiful dress is her gift to her daughter. Leaving the H’Mong family, we enjoyed the locally prepared picnic lunch. The most memorable food for me was the ant-egg cake. It is made from sticky rice, ant eggs and a special leaf called Va. The cake smells strong of Va leaves and is greasy from the ant eggs. This is one of the culinary traditions of Tay tribes. If you don’t want to try ant eggs don’t worry, there are other delicious dishes, one of my favorites, Roast Duck with seven flavors. The meat is soft, smells delicious and simply melts in your mouth with every bite.

After our dining experience, we depart for Ban Gioc waterfall on a road where the scenery is so beautiful that you wish you walking rather then driving. Far away, despite the high mountains that surround this beautiful place; I heard the roaring of the waterfall. It got me excited and motivated for my hiking trip towards the waterfall. The atmosphere is full of cool refreshing water vapor. At over 90 feet, the huge volume of water pouring down through the limestone steps is breathtaking. In the middle of the waterfall, there is a large stone covered with trees, over the centuries it split the water into three streams which look like three strips of white silk flowing down to the Quay Son River. In the rainy season, this waterfall only has a single stream rumbling down into the Quay Son River due to the large amount of water. Day and night, the water beats on the flat rock with white foam spreading out around it. It was a beautifully sunny day and I enjoyed seeing the steam form magnificent sparkling rainbows as it rose out of the water. After our hike, we took a big bag of chestnuts back with us that we collected throughout the trip; chestnuts in Trung Khanh district are very famous for their sweet taste and delicious smell.

At the foot of Ban Gioc waterfall is the broad river which is as flat as a mirror and a perfect place for swimming. The two sides are lush with grass, forest and scattered clusters of orchids. Buffalo and cows graze leisurely nearby as you enjoy complete serenity. Off in the distant is a mound of wild-purple daisy blossoms beside yellow-rice fields that are waiting to be harvested.

Ban Gioc waterfall is shared by Vietnam and China. Standing on the Vietnam side of Ban Gioc waterfall, I saw a Chinese tourist; they waved and we exchanged a smile. It’s a wonderful feeling when standing in this beautiful area that is shared by two countries.

Leaving Ban Gioc waterfall, we headed back to Cao Bang province and stayed the night there. Our small group, shared pictures we took throughout the day and enjoyed eachothers fellowship. Pictures can’t describe all the beauty that surrounds this wonderful destination.