Sapa, North Vietnam
Location: Sapa, VietnamWe saw Sapa as it really was, here you can get all 4 seasons in a day in these mountains 8 miles from the Chinese border. It was very foggy and rainy but we also saw some dry cold sunshine.
The ethnic villages were fascinating.
The terraced rice paddies of the Hmong tribe
Most of the houses were made from mud, wattle and daub with thatches of bamboo
A seller from the Red Dao tribe, they walk alongside you through the whole village
The rice fields are empty at this time of year
The centre of the Black Hmong village, people settled by a source of water
The young mothers of the Black Hmong
Notice mud huts but also the satellite dish, generators here are paid for by the government,
Women sit on doorsteps or by the side of the road making textiles which they sell as a main source of income
The village may be chaotic but the vegetable fields were well ordered and pristine
Making incense sticks is a very big industry at this time of year when the Tet New Year is celebrated. The sticks are bamboo and used for worship at shrines or temples.
This woman was squatting outside her house making small cone shaped incense candles for sale.. people burn them in their homes at Tet.
The women come daily to sit in the market space outside the catheral in Sapa to sell ther textiles