The Hmong king’s palace in Ha Giang

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On a tour of Ha Giang Province we visited Dong Van Plateau and decided to take a day to see the palace where the king of the Hmong people lived early last century. The palace of Vua Meo, where the king of H'Mong lived last century in Dong Van Plateau, Ha Giang Province - Photo: Lam Van Son … [Read more...]

Exploring Ha Giang’s ethnic royals

My Tran Vuong Thi Cho (R), niece of H'Mong king Vuong Chinh Duc, talks about the stone bathtub which the H'Mong queens used to bathe in with goat milk We were warmly greeted by Vuong Thi Cho, niece of the king, who was our tour guide and took us on a fabulous and fun tour of the palace. She also spilled some information and stories about the king and the royal family. One such tale I remember is that Duc, dubbed as Vua Meo (king of H'mong people), was also the founder of the famous Vuong Dynasty, the largest in Ha Giang Province at the time, and lived in his unique, luxurious palace shaded with green samu trees. The empty Sa Phin Market and distant mountains blanked in mist Vuong Palace was built with solid stone, wood and terracotta tiles in ancient Chinese architectural style typical of the Man Qing era. It covers a total area of 1,120 square meters and it was built on an elevated site located in Sa Phin Valley in Lung Phin Commune, Dong Van District. The palace was … [Read more...]

Coming round mountains to Tay Bac

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Tay Bac, the mountainous region in the northwest of Vietnam, is famous for beautiful terraced fields, colorful love markets, magnificent mountains and valleys. The terrain is fascinating for tourists who can discover many riddles of nature and indigenous cultures. The spectacular hillside-hugging road to the northern province of Ha Giang has a few hair-raising turns but the marvelous landscape is irresistible for nature lovers and adventurers. I came to Meo Vac, a mountainous district in Ha Giang Province where tourists can visit Khau Vai love market, in the late afternoon. The topography is limestone mountains that impose over the poetic Nho Que river running through. The love market often opens on the nights of 26th and 27th days of the lunar month. Shops trade till after midnight and local residents also stay up late. Their life rhythm is slow; the market is busy but I still sense a tranquility of there that is different to the markets in lowland regions. In contrast, Meo Vac … [Read more...]

Military Medical Academy provides free TB checkups

The medical staff screening the locals.

PANO - The mission of the Military Medical Academy, Dong Van District Military Command (Ha Giang province) and Dong Van district People’s Committee on April 19th held an information dissemination program and provided TB screenings for minority ethnic people of the district, mostly the Hmong people. This time, the mission conducted the dissemination and provided check-ups right on the market day. In the morning of the day, the mission screened 200 people and found five cases possibly and four others contracting TB. Apart from the screening, the mission also handed out 300 leaflets with basic knowledge on the disease and 240 medicine portions to cure coughing and other common diseases. Major General Dong Khac Hung, Deputy President of the Military Medical Academy, noted that this information dissemination and checkup programme was successful due to the right selection of place and time. The event could capture the attention of more locals. Translated by Huu Duong … [Read more...]

Growing rice on rock plateau in northern Vietnam

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Farmers have to chisel rock to create hollows and fill them with soil for cultivating rice on the Dong Van rock plateau in the northern province of Ha Giang. With a lot of efforts and labor, Mong ethnic minority people living in the Ma Pi Leng Mountain have grown their crops that way. The Mong people have a proverb, "No mountain is higher than the knee of the Mong people," meaning that they can overcome the hardship and challenges of Nature. These people have a special variety of rice called Khau Mang since it produces fragrant and tasty rice seeds. The price of Khau Mang is always around twice that of other rice varieties. Vu Se Co is the farmer who owns the biggest amount of rice on the rock plateau in Dong Van, with over a hectare and a half. He resides in Ma Xi B Village in Ma Le Commune of Dong Van District. The road leading to his house can challenge even the most experienced driver because it is often slippery over morning dew or after a rain. The road is wide … [Read more...]

It’s springtime again in Ha Giang

Peach blossoms and yellow mustard flowers surround a house in Sung La Commune.

A woman carrying her son on her back walks through a road lined with peach blossoms in Sung La Commune, Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province. Photo: Huong Giang Ha Giang Province, about 300 kilometers from Hanoi, often receives travelers in droves after the Lunar New Year Tet Festival as they come to see peach blossoms and yellow mustard flowers in early spring. … [Read more...]

Experts study ancient carvings found in Ha Giang

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Archaeologists recently discovered more than 100 stone carvings on a high mountain in the northern Ha Giang province. The carvings, believed to date back to the 10th century AD and made spontaneously on large stones with metal tools, comprise symbolic circles, spirals, rectangular patterns and parallel lines, besides triangles symbolising the female reproductive organs. The carvings are two types – to mark the area and to reflect sexual meanings – according to researcher Trinh Nang Chung from the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute. The stone carvings were found in Ho Quang Phin, Dong Van district in Ha Giang province. Scientists will further examine the site to get more information about the early people who made the carvings. VNS … [Read more...]

Flowering seasons across Vietnam tempting for backpackers, tourists

Red "do quyen" flowers bloom on the path leading to Fansipan Mountain, dubbed the Roof of Indochina. Photo:

In recent years, more backpackers have trekked on bike across the country for rewarding tastes of stunning flower seasons, which also draw influxes of domestic and international tourists. Tuoi Tre"> Regions throughout Vietnam boast various kinds of flowers which bloom in different seasons, creating irresistible spectacles and adding to backpackers’ delight. In recent years, local youth choose to travel to certain provinces during the blooming seasons for worthy experiences and snapshots of gorgeous flower fields which unfold as far as the eyes can see. 'Do Quyen' flowers in Lao Cai Province One of their most loved destinations is "do quyen," which grows in abundance on and around Fansipan, a mountain in northern Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province, which is 9 km southwest of Sa Pa resort town in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Tuoi Tre. Towering at 3,143 meters above the sea level, the mountain is dubbed "the Roof of Indochina" and boasts over 2,000 floral … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/12

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Young Korean artists display ceramic works and drawings in Hanoi Two young Korean artists, Baek Jin and Pae Sung Hee, who are highly appreciated all over the world by their creativity and innovation in arts, are showcasing their 25 artworks at an exhibition opened on December 24 at Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi. Entitled ‘Separate but connected’, the exhibition conveys a message that although the two artists ulitise different media and materials including ceramics, photographs, drawings and installations, they share one thing in common: the dominant of presence of white colour in their works. Ceramic artist Baek Jin showed her limitless creativity while working with Korean traditional material of white porcelain. Her works impress visitors not only due to their beautiful appearance but also the meticulous working manner of the artist. Meanwhile, Pae Sung Hee brings new visual experiences to viewers through her sketches and installation works featuring cities, … [Read more...]

Na Luong Cave recognized as national heritage

The Saigon Times Daily Na Luong Cave is about 25km from Yen Minh Town in Dong Van District. The cave, discovered by scientists in 2010, is seen as the most beautiful cave among those discovered in Ha Giang. It is surrounded by a magnificent yet romantic landscape. The entrance to the cave is above 30m wide, surrounded by rare trees. The cave was formed in a limestone mountain, a very popular kind of geological heritage of Dong Van Stone Plateau Geology Global Park. Through thousands of years of formation, plenty of stalactites with fascinating images and exotic colors are formed in the cave. The cave, divided into various paths which connect with each other like a maze, attracts many tourists. … [Read more...]

Na Luong cave in Ha Giang recognised as national site

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Scenic beauty of Ha Nuong cave (Source: dongvan.gov.vn) NDO – Na Luong cave in Ha Giang province was named as a national site under a decision of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Stretching over the area of Mau Long commune, Yen Minh district and Sung Trai commune, Dong Van district, the cave was discovered by scientists in 2010 and is considered the most beautiful cave to be unearthed in Ha Giang so far. The cave was formed in limestone, which is a common geological tendency across the Dong Van Krast Plateau in Ha Giang—a UNESCO-recognised Geo-Park. The entrance to the cave, 30 metres in width, is covered with many valuable timbers. The inside of the cave amazes visitors with many stunning stalactites in various shapes and colours, which have been formed over thousands of years. According to Secretary of the Yen Minh district Party Committee, Hoang Van Vinh, the district authorities have taken measures to safeguard the pristine beauty of the cave and … [Read more...]

Provincial People’s Committee Chairman hands over national flag to Provincial Museum

Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Manh Hien hands over the national flag once hung on Lung Cu flagpole to the Provincial Museum

This is a flag once hung on Lung Cu flagpole (Dong Van district, Ha Giang province), the northernmost point of the country. Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien, Deputy Secretary of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, on December 17 morning handed over a national flag to the Provincial Museum for storage and display. This is a flag once hung on Lung Cu flagpole (Dong Van district, Ha Giang province), the northernmost point of the country. The flag, 54m2 in area (9m long and 6m wide), representing 54 brotherly ethnic groups, was presented to Hai Duong province by Mr. Dam Van Bong, Chairman of the Ha Giang Provincial People's Committee. Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien required the Provincial Museum to better research on the local history, collect and exhibit artifacts to attract more and more visitors, especially pupils and students. VH … [Read more...]

Illiteracy eradication class in highland region

To provide literacy for H’Mong ethnic minority people in Dong Van district, the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, the provincial People’s Committee has organised a number of classes, attracting great numbers.     Teacher Vu Thi Gam, from Sang Tung communal primary school, comes to the class every afternoon to provide literacy for pupils.      The teacher instructs pupils to learn in group.      Some ethnic minority women study while looking after their children.      Giang Thi May, 17, attends the class.      Giang Thi May teaches her sister how to read words in a class in Sang Tung commune.      Another illiteracy eradication class in Sang Tung commune      Women in Sang Tung come to class together.

To provide literacy for H’Mong ethnic minority people in Dong Van district, the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, the provincial People’s Committee has organised a number of classes, attracting great numbers. Teacher Vu Thi Gam, from Sang Tung communal primary school, comes to the class every afternoon to provide literacy for pupils. The teacher instructs pupils to learn in group. Some ethnic minority women study while looking after their children. Giang Thi May, 17, attends the class. Giang Thi May teaches her sister how to read words in a class in Sang Tung commune. Another illiteracy eradication class in Sang Tung commune Women in Sang Tung come to class together. … [Read more...]

Distinctive Culture of Lo Lo Bronze Drum

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Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark has become widely known among domestic and international tourists for its rock landscape geological heritage, dating back hundreds of millions of years. This place also attracts tourists to discover and learn how people can survive here on this extremely harsh rock world. … [Read more...]

Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park continues its global status

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has re-recognised the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park in the northernmost mountainous province of Ha Giang as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks for the 2015-2018 period. Representatives from UNESCO Vietnam handed over the recognition decision to the locality' leaders at a conference in Dong Van district on November 12, which was to review the development process of the park over the last four years. … [Read more...]

Paid visits and presented gifts to people of Ha Giang province’s ethnic groups

Hai Duong Provincial People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Manh Hien hands over 10 large national flags to Lung Cu border post

A working delegation of the Hai Duong Provincial People's Committee on November 2 to 3 visited and presented gifts to Ha Giang province. A working delegation of the Hai Duong Provincial People's Committee (PPC) led by PPC Chairman Nguyen Manh Hien on November 2 to 3 visited and presented gifts to Ha Giang province. Mr. Dam Van Bong, Deputy Secretary of the Ha Giang Provincial Party Committee, PPC Chairman, welcomed the delegation. … [Read more...]