Ha Giang,Vietnam – the Vietnam frontier area- is dressed up in quiet colors of the rocky plateau, the green of the hills, and blooming flowers with sunshine. Ha Giang is also a convergence of cultural colors, festivals, customs of many ethnic minorities.
The northern border of Ha Giang lies adjectent to southern China (274km along the borderline). Cao Bang province lies to the east, Yen Bai province is in the west as well as Lao Cai province (home to Sapa). Ha Giang City is more than 300km from Hanoi.
Being a highland province of Vietnam, the terrain of Ha Giang is quite complex and can be divided into three areas: rocky mountains, valleys, and streams. That is why Ha Giang impresses visitors by a combination of landscapes, creating winding bends that cling to the cliffs and streams deep down the canyons winding into a river.
Culture – festivals
Ha Giang is home to more than 20 ethnic groups, especially ethnic minorities such as H’mong, Tay, Dao, and San Diu. Each ethnic group contributes to its own cultural identity. At this point, visitors can enjoy the traditional heritage of the people here. Products from the traditional craft markets include embroidered towels, cloth bags, brightly colored dresses. Some of these items are considered delicate and referred to as “specialties” of each culture. If you have the opportunity visit the highland market of locals, you will certainly discover many interesting and new things.
The diversity of ethnic groups living in the land of Ha Giang bring a wide range of bright color to any Ha Giang festival. Festivals often are held in the Spring (H’Mong and Dao ethnic groups), New Year’s celebration of the Lo Lo people, and a fire dancing festival of the Pa Den people. If you’re fortunate enough to participate in one of the festivals in Ha Giang, it’s great opportunity to explore the cultures, customs, and life of ethnic minorities. Cultural festivals are an image reflecting the life of a nation, and there is no better way to approach the people.
The motorways of Ha Giang possess a legendary flow, and the landscapes of this place are associated with legend from newcomers to this day.
Quan Ba Twin mountain, “Gate of heaven”, Dong Van, Palace of Hmong King, Ma Pi Leng Pass,etc are all attractions not to be missed. We can provide as many highlights as possible on a Zonitrip Custom Tour.
Quan Ba:Two mountains that resemble two ancient peaches can be associated with the legend of the “Mountain Fairy”.
“Heaven’s Gate” and Dong Van Karst plateau: This land is about 1000m above sea level, and the sky is almost cloudless all year round. The landscape of the rocky plateau has created a unique source of inspiration for painting and photography across the world.
The Palace of Hmong’s King (Dong Van): A square-shaped, unique-looking residence paved with large stone, this solid wood house sits on top of a mountain. This relic is worth your while to stop and forget about all the hard work after the harsh climb!
Ma Pi Leng pass: The stunning winding pass connect Dong Van and Meo Vac – one of the longest and most dangerous pass in North Vietnam. Challenge your driving skill on this road or trekking on the high mountain to see this stunning pass, under the pass is the green river- Nho Que.
Khau Vai Love Market (Meo Vac): Khau Vai is a sacred rendezvous for any couple as it is the birthplace of a local legend. If you come to Khau Vai on March 27th, it will be your chance to learn about the romantic love story of the Khau Vai legend. Khau Vai is also where people go to find partners; the elderly quite commonly will look for each other here.
Come to Ha Giang once time, you will remember it as a single entity. Come to Ha Giang many times you will remember it as a land of love. Ha Giang, Vietnam will be the place for you to experience, discover, and learn valuable lessons about the history and culture of the local people
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