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SaPa in Vietnam

Updated: Jan 30


This winter, I traveled to Vietnam and visited 6 cities from north to south. While the majority of vietnam is populated by kinh ethnicity, the surrounding region of Hoàng Liên Son mountains in the north has been the home of several minorities groups such as Hmong, Dao, Giáy, Xa Pho, and Tay.

The mountain range includes Fansipan the highest peak in vietnam (3143m), where several ethnic minorities have been survived in these high valleys.

The region has been only colonized for the first time after vietnam‘s colonisation by French in late 1880. From then on the region appeared on international maps and started to be visited by missionaries. No surprise to see a relatively large church (built in 1930) in the city of Sapa.

Most of the ethnic minority people cultivate rice on sloping terraces since the vast majority of the land is mountainous, creating truly beautiful sceneries. The pictures show: the mountain range from the peak of Fansipan, the rice terraces, the church and downtown of Sapa, and the mountain girls in Sapa’s Saturday night market.

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