365.281/ Ta Van Village

365.281/ Ta Van Village

365.281/ Ta Van Village

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Project 365/281 Located 10 Km off the town of Sapa in Lao Cai province, Ta Van lies peacefully in the valley of Muong Hoa. About 1000 from the ethnic groups of the Black Hmong, Giay, and Red Dzao comprise the population of the village.

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If travellers are headed anywhere north of Hanoi in Vietnam, it's likely to be Lao Cai province and the hilltribe town of Sapa. The province is geographically diverse, bordered to the east by Hoang Lien Son mountain range, part of which is Hoang Lien national park, which includes Mount Fansipan (Phanxipan), Vietnam's highest peak, at 3,143 metres above sea level.

Lao Cai town, the provincial capital, is both a border town to China – the westernmost crossing open to foreigners via Hekou -- and the gateway to Sapa. If it looks kind of new to you, that's because it is. The town was largely flattened by the Chinese during their invasion of 1979 and the international border crossing here did not re-open till the early 1990s. What you see today, including many of the glorious concrete egg-carton-style buildings, is just 30 years old.

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