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Ha Giang, a mountainous province in the extreme North of the country has a total area of more than 7,884 sq km. Ha Giang province borders Tuyen Quang province in the South, Lao Cai and Yen Bai provinces in the West, Cao Bang in the North-west, Yun Nam and Quang Xi provinces (China) in the North with a borderline of over 274 km in length.
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Address: Pac Bo Rd. , Cao Bang Town , Cao Bang Province

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Ha Giang, located in the northern mountainous border area offers a wide selection of tour activities such as 4wd tours, cycling tours, trekking tours. The shortest tours can be arranged from Hanoi are the three-day tours and the longest can be up to a week.
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Snow Shan tea: This is a kind of fresh tea, Its water is light green, good taste and smell. king of tea. Plant at 1000m above sea level. Distributing wide in the districts like, Lung Phin – Dong Van, Hoang Su Phi, and Vi Xuyen. The old tea has high from 300 -1000m.
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Bee’s honey mint flower: This is natural honey extracted from the flower of mint tree. It is one of the most famous specialty of Dong Van krast plateau which everyone tries to find to buy as coming.
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Thanh Van corn wine is made from corn of highland, using traditional methods. The flavour is typical delicious, non – toxic compared with other local wine. Thanh Van corn wine coorperative has invested the tchnology system of aldehyde filtering so that the quantity of wine product has been gradually become a favorite ones of people.
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Smoked pork meat is made from three- slice pork, after being mixed with spices, it is hang on the fire until dried (normally hang from half a year to a year). Its taste is good and non- fat. Smoked pork of Ha Giang ethnic groups has become the local specialty. It has deeply forest taste.
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The main ingredient of this dish is fresh beef with nutritious high level of Dong Van plateau. Fresh beef after mixed with different flavour, will be hanged on the wood floor kitchen  to get dried. The most important thing as making this dish is to choose delicious one, chilling spices with enough quantity, hang on kitchen ceiling with enough temperature in order to make the slice of beef…
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Men Men is made from grinded corn flour at upland areas. After many processed stages, Men Men became a very unique and attractive dish with nutty and greasy flavour. This dish is used in everyday life or in the traditional Tet holidays.  Men Men is a dry dish; thus, a bowl of soup is necessary in the meals (such as pumpkin soup, soup of chicken or  cabbage soup)…
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“Thang Co” is traditional and popular dish of Mong people in many mountainous areas of Ha Giang. It is made from different parts of beefs and goats including heads, legs, internal organs, and all meat together cooked with herbal and eating with “Men Men”, Corn cakes. Thang co will delicious more than with a bowl of  corn wine.
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One unique and indispensable cultural feature in Dong Van karst plateau Geopark is the kermis. It not only is the place to exchange goods and service consumption demand, but more importantly, it is clearly expresses the cultural identity of ethnics community in the Geopark, where is the interation of the people here. They are not necessary go to the market to buy or sell a commodity that they…
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Pu Peo ethnic minority people live only in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. According to the 1999 survey, there were only 705 people living in the districts of Dong Van, Meo Vac and Bac Me. The Pu Peo ethnic group ranks 53rd in the Vietnamese community in term of population.
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This ceremony started for along time ago. It has been survived and developed together with Pu Peo generations. The forest God worship is a cultural activity, folk belief associated with the multi – God philosophical life of agriculture residents such as, Spring God, River Lord, Mountain God, Forest Lord, Tree God, etc. Creating its own cultural nuances in community life. The festival not only is deeply spiritual values…
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Takes place annually in January mouse day of the lunar calender, beginning a new year with good weather, lush green harvest. This is a nice traditional culture of Dao people. It is not much sophisticated, but has many deeply spiritual elements of the ethnic communities.
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Monthly opened on 14th, 15th and 16th of the lunar calender, to preserve and promote the value of cultural heritages of Dong Van Ancient Quarter.
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The Dao is called by different names such as, Kem Mien, Ku Mien, Man, etc. “Le Cap Sac” of Dao people in Quan Ba is one of the festival reflecting clearly the cultural features of this ethnic minority. “le Cap Sac”  is nescessary for the men of Dao ethnic group. It is similar to thanh dinh ceremony of the Mong people which marks the maturity of a man…
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Held in spring, from 1st to 15th January of lunar calendar, on low hill with quite level topography. The ceremony consists of distinct two parts but has closely relationship. The first can not held mentioning its Gau Tao ceremony to pray for happiness and fortune. The second is the Mong’s custom. One New year’s tree will be set up in the days before Tet, a wine- gourd and…
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The Lo Lo ethnic group can be divided into Flower Lo Lo and Black Lo Lo. Living in Lung Cu since ancient time, the Lo Lo people have made many efforts in reclaiming the virgin land and in grasping to this northernmost part of the country. The Lo Lo folkloric culture is very rich and unique, demonstrated with dances, songs, legends. The decoration on their turbans, shirts, skirts…
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Giay people mainly live on planting water rice and farming milpa. Every years, they organized the “Roong Pooc” ceremony to begin their farming season. Giay built pigsties and hen-coops far away from their houses to fields. Their noteworthy handicraft making are weaving and bamboo knitting.
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Nung people mainly distribute in Quan Ba district, they live in valleys nearly rivers, streams or hills and live on farming rice, with high cultivation technique. Their animal husbandry highly developed while other handicraft makings are very diverse such as forging, casting, carpenters, knitting, paper making and especially cloth weaving.
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The Tay is the second large ethnic minority in Ha Giang, account for 25 percent total population of province. They mainly live on planting wet rice in fields near river, mountain foot and farming slope. Tay villages are usually at mountain foot and include about 15 to 20 houses. They live in house of stilt, thatch roofed houses using palm leaves or grass.
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The Mong is the largest ethnic group of seventeen ethnics community in Dong Van karst plateau Geopark. Mong people in Ha Giang province is similar to that in some northen mountainous border Viet Nam -China originated from China, then migrated to Vietnam more than 300 years ago.
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Ha Giang is one of the less traveled place in Northern Vietnam. This area is still untouched to many Vietnamese travelers and foreign tourists. Here is an articles extracted from the New York Times. The article is written by JENNIFER BLEYER and is published on the New York Times on October 27, 2010.
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Located at the center of Dong Van town. The vestige consists of the market and two villages (Quyet Tien, Dong Tam) of Dong Van commune. It was built on early years of the 20th Century. At first, the Old Quarter only has Tay and Hoa people. During years 1940, 1950 of the 20th Century, there are some ethnics like Kinh, Dao and Nung also settled in these area.…
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Lan Tri Restaurant Address: Vi Xuyen townlet Tel: 019 826360 – 826949
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Ha Son Quan Restaurant Address: Tam Son townlet Tel: 019 846371
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Vinh Toan Restaurant Address: Viet Quang townlet Tel: 019 821678
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Ha Son Restaurant Address: Group 7, Tran Phu Ward Tel: 019 867494
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The Dong Van plateau was recognized by the UNESCO as one of the 77 geological parks in the world and the second in Southeast Asia on October 3. The park covers four districts of Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Quan Ba, totaling over 2,300sq.km, with nearly 250,000 residents. Up to 80 percent of the plateau is covered by limestone.
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The topography of the province of Hà Giang is fairly complex with “temperate, but highly localized montane weather patterns create variable conditions among different regions”. It has very impressive landform of limestone and granite peaks and outcrops. It has three regions.
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After passing through a mountain pass, getting to the town is a five km walk down a sloping path.Entering the street leading to the town, we see many camellia gardens stretching hundreds of meter along the roadside.The weather in Meo Vac that summer afternoon was extremely sultry, even when the sun was going down.The setting sun lit up the yellow government offices, the grey black wooden houses of…
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Vietnam’s northernmost province is located in the northwestern. Hoang Lien Mountains – the Tonkinese Alps as the French called them – near the border with China.
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The Khau Vai love market, in Ha Giang province, takes place only once a year when the moon completely disappears for the last time in March. According to legend, the market dates back to the unrequited love between a young boy and girl. They fell deeply in love but as they were from different tribes, were forbidden to be together.
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Thanh Van corn wine is made from corn of highland, using traditional methods. The flavour is typical delicious, non – toxic compared with other local wine. Thanh Van corn wine coorperative has invested the tchnology system of aldehyde filtering so that the quantity of wine product has been gradually become a favorite ones of people.
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Nung ethnic people live together with Tay people in different geographical divisions. Nung group has many branches. Basing on clothes and language, Nung branches can be divided into Nung Inh, Nung An, Nung Loi, Nung Giang, etc. The Nung’s clothes are more abundant depending on branches but the main characters are similar. Nung woman’s clothes have big sleeves.…
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