Photographer's Note

This is a view of terraced rice fields in the fabulous Muang Hoa Valley arrounds Sapa, Lao Cai province 330km northwest of Hanoi near the Chinese border, a very remote and undeveloped region that offers the country's finest mountain scenery. At 1500m elevation nested in an deep verdant valley, the lush mountain scenery around is stunning said to be amongst the most scenic landscapes in Vietnam.

In the morning as the mist is lifting over the dark green peaks, it reveals endless valleys of sweeping undulated rice fields. Amid the tender greens, you could make out clusters of small huts, they are the tiny villages and hamlets on steep hills populated by the colorful local ethnic minorities, The Black Hmong and The red Zao - refered to as hill tribes or the Montagnards whose traditions have been the least afftected by the modern way of life.

I could have stopped every five minutes after a spectacular descent, to take yet another picture of this beauty with the scenery changes often and never gets boring. The fog seemed to blow across the field one minute and then cleared up the next.

Additional picture:
Wshop1: The charm of terraced rice fields, a feature of the landscape providing the staple food to the region, very attractive to look because of the beautiful green, shapes and the people.

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