Wednesday, 8 May 2013

northern mountainous province of Lao Cai

Lào Cai , is a province of northwestern in the mountainous region of Vietnam, bordering the province of Yunnan in the China. The province covers an area of 6383.9 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 602,300 people.
Lao Cai and Sa Pa are two important cities within the province at the border with China; the former is well known as key trading post and the latter is hill station famous for tourism, in northwestern Vietnam. Lao Cai is also the capital of Lào Cai Province and shares border with the city of Hekou, in the Yunnan province of Southwest China. This border town was closed after the 1979 war with China, since reopened in 1993, has become a major tourist centre between Hanoi, Sapa and Kunming (China). Sapa is notable as a hill resort, a market town for timber and sex trade and known as the "queen of mountains".
Lào Cai has many historical sites, natural caves and produces agricultural specialties such as Bắc Hà plums.
In a 1929 survey conducted in the area, the vegetation (flora) and fauna (mammals) recorded by the French biologist Delacour who accompanied Theodore Roosevelt were unique to the region in northern Vietnam.
Local farmers often start cultivating rice in June and July, when rain comes. During this time, the best summer scenes appear on terraced fields in Trung Chai, Ta Phi, Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao, Ban Ho, Ta Giang Phinh in Sapa, Lau Thi Ngai, Lung Phinh in Bac Ha, Muong Hum, Muong Vi, Sang Ma Sao, Den Sang, Y Ty, Ngai Thau and A Lu in Bat Xat, Sin Cheng and Can Cau in Si Ma Cai, and Tung Chung Pho, Ta Ngai Cho, Pha Long and Lung Khau Nhin in Muong Khuong district.
The ethnic groups of Dao, Mong, Ha Nhi, Giay, Tay, Xa Pho, Nung and Pa Di have been planting rice in terraced fields for several centuries. Terraced fields are masterpieces made by humans. They are not only paddy baskets of ethnic minorities in Lao Cai but also landscapes that attract tourists.The beauty of terraced fields has also inspired many artists..



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