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12/31/2017 4:27:13 PM

This spring, visit the revolutionary base Pac Bo

(VNF) - Pac Bo was the base where President Ho Chi Minh worked on Vietnam's revolutionary course after returning to homeland after 30 years abroad. Nowadays, Pac Bo has officially been recognized  as a special national relic site, a tourism destination which connects the past and present.

For Vietnamese people, visiting Pac Bo gives them an opportunity to learn more about the glorious tradition of the nation and to pay tribute to their beloved Uncle Ho for his great contributions to the nation.

For international visitors, visiting Pac Bo offers them a chance to gain insight of a legend: in a very difficult living condition in the mountainous area, President Ho Chi Minh still managed to led Vietnamese revolution to victory.

The Pac Bo National Special Relic Site is located just more than 50km off Cao Bang city, in Pac Bo village, Truong Ha commune, Quang Ha district.

If the schedule allows, it is recommended that visitors may stop at Cao Bang City for a night rest, before heading to Pac Bo on the next morning, since an open air and a cool and quiet atmosphere of this mountainous area, will melt away their tiredness.

On the way to the historic sight, visitors can behold the beauty of golden rice fields lying amid green mountains, small hamlets with dozens of houseson-stilts under the shade of towering clusters of peach trees, and the winding streams with thatch-roofed bridges.

Passing a hill where there is the newly-built Ho Chi Minh Museum, they will reach the historic site of Pac Bo.

The main historical relics consist of Pac Bo, Coc Bo, Bo Bam Cave, Lenin Stream, Karl Marx Mountain, Co Rac Ground and Khuoi Nam. The famous Coc Bo Cave is where President Ho Chi Minh established his residence and worked on Vietnam's revolutionary course after spending 30 years abroad to seek ways to liberate the country.

Walking on the rocks along the side of the stream, where Uncle Ho used to work and go fishing, visitors will reach a wooden bridge over Coc Bo rivulet, marking the upper part of the Lenin Stream. The water there is clear, cool and so tranquil that one can see the fish and pebbles lying on its bed and the green watercress in the water.

By the side of a rugged rocky mountain is Pac Po Cave. Looking down into the cave from its mouth, you can see the words "February 8th, 1941" written by Uncle Ho on the wall. That was the day he came to live in this small cave, a wet and cold place lying deep in a mountain gorge that nobody paid much attention to.

Inside the cave there is a wooden board which was used as a bed for Uncle Ho. In this place, Uncle Ho, in the simple dress of the Nung ethnic group, sat by the fire at night to discuss with his assistant Pham Van Dong, Vo Nguyen Giap and Phung Chi Kien on the situations at home and abroad.

It was also where the great leader predicted: "In four or five years, the Vietnamese revolution will be successful," which was proven true, since four year later, on September 2nd, 1945 the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, the first State of workers and peasants in Asia, came into being.

Located around 1km from the mouth of Pac Bo Cave, there is a small shack by the side of Khuoi Nam Mountain. In this shack Uncle Ho held the eighth Party Central Committee Meeting, which promulgated a resolution on preparations for the armed insurrection and the establishment of the Viet Minh and the revolutionary war zone. Adjacent to the shack is milestone 108 marking the Viet Nam-China border, where Uncle Ho bowed to kiss the beloved land of his country, after many years living abroad. 

Here are some photos of the relic site taken by reporter Hoang Ha (the People Army's News):

In early 1941, Uncle Ho started living and working in Coc Po cave in Pac Bo village right after returning to the homeland.Visiting this historical area, visitors will learn more about the great life of President Ho Chi Minh which is part- reflected through his optimistic revolutionary verses.

Uncle Ho named a stream located in front of Coc Po cave after Lenin. The stream is famous for its fairy-like scenes, with emerald water and lush green trees.

Not far from Coc Po cave is Ly Quoc Sung’s house where Uncle Ho lived and worked from January 28, 1941 to February 7, 1941 

An orchard named after Uncle Ho. Four kinds of trees in the orchard have close links with Uncle Ho. Leaves of guava trees were used for water; leaves and flowers of pommelo trees were used for treatments while Uncle Ho was ill; mango and star apple trees, both are typical fruit trees of the South where Uncle Ho departed from while trying to find the way to save the country and where Uncle Ho always looked towards when his country was separated.

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