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Sapa, Vietnam (2008)

Sapa is in the far north of Vietnam close to the border with China. It can be reached by an overnight train from Hanoi to the city of Lao Cai, followed by a 45 minute drive on a winding mountain road. The area is famous for its mountain scenery and the impressive irrigated rice terraces developed over centuries of labor by the local ethnic minority groups. In the Sapa area most of the people are Black Hmong or Red Dao. The town of Sapa is an important regional market and recently a popular tourist destination.
Black Hmong women in Sapa A Black Hmong man leads his water buffalo through Sapa town. The mountainside rice terraces of SE Asia and China are among the great wonders of the world Irrigated hillside terraces -- this complex feat of engineering took centuries to develop Hillside irrigated rice terraces, surrounded by rainfed maize fields and bamboo
The water in the irrigated  terraces originates in streams at higher elevations.
Rice terrace -- preparing soil for planting with harrow Water buffalo
Black Hmong mother and child We saw many girls caring  for younger siblings who they often carried on their backs. Red Dao woman Young school girl Hmong woman with elaborate silver earrings
Crossing footbridge carrying long wooden poles Preparing terraces for cultivation -- irrigated rice requires endless hours of labor Scarecrows
A water-powered mill for pounding rice Small-scale local technology -- bellows A young boy curious about the strangers walking by
Northern Vietnam: Hmong kids at play in Cat Cat village A young boy from the village of Cat Cat, staring at the strangers Babysitting big little brother One of many footbridges
Fearless #1 Fearless #2 Fearless #3 Fearless #4 Mountain rice terraces surrounding Sapa
Town of Sapa Hoping for some customers -- restaurant in Sapa Older woman making traditional clothing at a craft shop in Sapa Hands stained from dye used in making Hmong clothing
This woman carried the doll of a white child as she made her rounds about town Sapa market Local delicacy in the Sapa market
Sapa market Gecko (and snake) consumed 'to make men strong' Sapa market -- cow's head and intestines These little piggies went to market Sapa market