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    The Dao people of Lao Cai celebrate Tet with a number of special dances for the gods and ancestors.




    When rice ripens and is harvested the highland farmers of the Giay ethnic minority people in Lao Cai province celebrate with green rice flakes.


  • Fansipan Sapa cable car opens

    The Fansipan Sapa cable car began ferrying passengers up to Mt. Fansipan recently and quickly received two Guinness World Records: the longest cable car in the world, at 1,141 metres, and the highest, at an altitude of 6,292 metres. The cable car stretches from Muong Hoa Valley in Lao Cai province to the 3,143-meter peak of Mt. Fansipan, known as the ‘Roof of Indochina’. It can carry a maximum of 2,000 passengers an hour, with 35 per cabin. The trip takes just 15 to 20 minutes while the trek takes two days.



    The Vietnam Mountain Bike Marathon, the toughest mountain bike race in the country, was held around Sapa town in the northern province of Lao Cai from 4 to 6 November and saw 50 international and local riders take part.


  • In the camera’s eye

    In the camera’s eye

    The terraced rice fields of the northwest are the perfect backdrop and cloud nine for photographers.


  • Lao Cai offers new tourist activities

    The Lao Cai Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has introduced new offerings to attract tourists, including horse and cart trips to ethnic minority villages in Bac Ha town and a trip to Bac Ha Tourism House to see how local wine is made. The department has also linked up with two brocade weaving villages and a traditional musical instrument village in Sapa district’s Ta Van commune to provide tourism services. The northern mountainous province is planning to develop several more tourism activities, including Lao Cai city - Bat Xat - Sapa bicycle tours, an agricultural tourism site in Bac Ha’s flower valley, and community tourism in several locations. Lao Cai has many scenic sites, including magnificent terraced rice fields, and a large number of different ethnic minorities. It has attracted more than 1.4 million tourists this year, 39.4% higher than in the same period last year.



    Bac Ha Weekly Market is a colourful spectacle as local minorities and tourists come to buy or sell local produce and other life necessities.


  • A day in the life

    A day in the life

    Elaine Cheung accompanied a Red Dao woman as she went about her business selling souvenirs in Sapa.


  • A sight to behold

    A sight to behold

    As the rice is harvested in the northwest the terraced rice fields in the local area reveal their exquisite beauty.


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