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Photographer's Note

While treaking through H'mong minority's Lao Chai Village in Sa Pa, I noticed a cute little girl trying to shield herself away from my lens. Unfortunately, her mom's fold umbrella is not a wide-enough cover. The photolabs in Hanoi that developed my 30 color rolls had the red tone on all my exposures, and I have not yet use PS to remove.

Location note:

This hill station lies in a nice valley (built in 1922, elevation 1600m), nicknamed The Roof of Vietnam. It is 390 km from Hanoi, or 34km from Lao Cai provincial town, and near the China border. It is the most famous hill station in North Vietnam with many old hotels built by the French. It is very foggy in Sa Pa early in the morning, especially between November and February and when temperature may drops down to zero degree Celsius. Every 20 years or so people in Sa Pa can see snowfall (about 15cm thick, the last one happened in January 2000). This is the land of H'mong and Dzao people, the largest and most typical groups in the region. Most of them are poor and the old women are well known for their way of selling souvenirs. The best events in Sa Pa are weekend markets (on Saturday and Sunday) and Love Market on Saturday night (after 21.00 PM). The Black H'mong live highest in the mountains, and are renowned for their musicality, songs and word-play. The women wear tunic-style dresses of hemp fabric, dyeing with natural indigo to a deep purple-black. They wear strips of indigo cloth as leggings, and stunning silver hooped bangles around their necks and arms.

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