Much of the region is too mountainous to sustain farming and as such the region is largely untouched by heavy development or tourism, allow it to retain its historic qualities and authenticity with quaint villages dotting the hillsides and rich cultures thriving within. Indeed, Ha Giang province is home to more than twenty ethnic groups, co-existing and creating a colorful palette of language and tradition. Ha Giang's capital city shares its name and is arranged along the banks of the River La, dissecting the clean, urban oasis from north to south. Visitors to Ha Giang will be delighted by the opportunities to explore true Vietnamese history, and explore some of its most breathtaking scenery.
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A great way to experience local life in Hà Giang Province is to join the hustle and bustle of the various ethnic groups coming together to trade their goods, clothed in their traditional dress; The Nung, the White Hmong, the Po Y, the Dao and the Tay come regularly to Quyet Tien Market while at Meo Vac, tribes from more than 15 miles around bring their pigs and cows to sell.
Tan Trao is the site of the Vietnamese Communist party conference in 1945, where plans for the uprising were made. Here, in a perfectly maintained garden compound, visitors can explore Tan Trao Communal House, Hong Thai Communal House and admire the Tan Trao banyan tree.
Visitors to Hà Giang are beguiled by the range of cultural diversity, never more exemplified than in the traditional houses. In Sung La, it is possible to explore a LoLo house, home to one of the least common ethnic minorities in the country - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
A visit to Hà Giang is not complete without a mountain hike. The Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is home to a vast range of flora and fauna including endangered species of monkeys. Meanwhile, trekking tours through the stunning landscape of Meo Vac reveal tiny and charming mountain villages.
Combining a number of building styles from northern areas including Yunnan in China, the Mansion of the Vuong Family is a beautiful example of the unique architecture of Vietnam’s upland regions. It was classified as a historic relic in 1993 and visitors from all over the world come to explore its three stilted houses.
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