Ha Giang is one of the highest towns of Vietnam and has a quintessential view of mountainous Vietnam and China, surrounded by sharp hills. There are many hill tribes living in Ha Giang. The main sights to see in this part of Vietnam are the Than Thuy-Thien Bao National Frontier Pass and Quang Ngan Waterfall.
Dong Van Plateau is a popular area near Ha Giang, lying at over 1,000 meters above sea level. Khau Vai love market in May is a cultural beauty in Ha Giang with vendors and textiles galore.
Sightseeing in Ha Giang
Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark – Recognized as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks in 2010. Located on an altitude of 1,000-1,600m above the sea level, the 2356km2 Dong Van Karst Plateau is one of Vietnam’s special limestone areas, housing prominent imprints that depict the development of the earth’s crust and natural phenomenon. It boats striking scenery, a high biodiversity of many rare faunal and floral spices, especially, traditional cultural richness of minority inhabitants including the Mong, Dao, Lo Lo, Pu Peo, etc.
Lung Cu Flag Tower – Built on top of 300m high Rong (Dragon) Mountain, 1,600m above the sea level. At the foot of the mountain, there are two semicircular lakes which is said that they were eyes of dragons and are always full of water even in the dry season. The flag tower shows the affirmation of position and sovereignty of Vietnam as well as honor the patriotism and bravery of the people and soldiers in the border areas. The flag on the tower has an area of 54m2, symbolizing the unity of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Vuong’s Villa – An interesting tourist site, 14km from the town of Dong Van District, in the locality of Sa Phin Commune. The palace took eight years to buil using skilled construction workers from Yunnan, Cina and from the local H'mong community. The building was constructed principally out of jade stone, fir or Fokienia wood. Vuong palace has 64 rooms, all decorated with carvings of dragons, phoenixes, and bats which are symbols of royalty and prosperity. The palace echoes with the history of time past and deserves to be the pride of the H'mong ethnic people. The ancient Vuong royal hose with unique architecture and special beauty is the product of the sweat and tears of many hard working lives in this rocky plateau.
Terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi – The fine results of the locals’ hard work and creativity. The view of terraced fields is particularly breathtaking in harvest time with glittering layers of golden rice on mountain after mountain. Later September and October is the best time to visit and to witness the beauty of harvest time when all the terraced paddy-field running along the road 177 from Vinh Quang Town to Viet Quang Town near 30km, turn yellow with ripening rice.
Love market of Khau Vai – Held in Khau Vai Commune on the 27th day of the 3rd lunar month. Khau Vai is a unique love market, cultural phenomena of Viet Nam in particular and the world in general since the product sold here is “love”. Although the love market located in the valley of Nung communities, it still attracts people of all ages from many other areas such as H’Mong, Dao, Tay, etc.
Khau Vai is not similar to the simple market today. It origins from a legend about a mournful love story of a couple in ethnic minorities. As told by the legend for immemorial times, there was a boy and a girl of two different tribes who fell in love with each other. The girl was very beautiful and her tribe didn't want her get married with the boy of another tribe, on the contrary, his tribe wanted her to become the bride of his tribe. This resulted in the conflict between the two tribes which aggravated as the youth loved each other more and more. Until one day, when the two met each other on a mountain slope farm, they saw their tribes fighting fiercely down the mountain foot. They understood their love was the reason of the fight and to avoid further blood and flesh fly they painfully decided split up and promised to meet once a year the same day at the same place (26 march of lunar calendar). Since then, Khau Vai became the common place of all the lovers in the area.
Khau Vai is not only an appointment place of wedded pairs who missing love but also a traditional night market of Mong ethnic minority. Nowadays, Khau Vai love Market has become appointment market, for all people seeking for love (from the youth to the person who get married). It is also a place of sharing feelings and understanding about each other of the young girls and boys in ethnic groups in Meo Vac district and surrounding areas.