To travel Dong Van, Ha Giang is a province in northeastern Vietnam, bordering Cao Bang province in the east, Yen Bai and Lao Cai province in the west and Tuyen Quang in the south. Northern Ha Giang province share the border with China (border length 274 kilometers)
The topography of Ha Giang province is complex; it can be divided into three regions: upland mountain in the north, valley and rivers. Its climate is moderate, divided into 2 seasons: rainy and dry seasons. Western upland of massif upstream of Chay River, steep slopes, narrow valleys and streams, which was divided into two seasons: rainy and dry seasons. Lowland in the province includes hills, Lo River and Ha Giang town. The average temperature is about 240C-280C, in the winter, temperature can go down to -50C.
According to census on April 1st 2009 Ha Giang population is 724.537 people in which H’Mong accounts for 32% total population, Tay (23.3%), Dao (15.1%), Viet (13.3%) and Nung (9.9%)
Ha Giang has many mountains such as Tay Con Linh with 2.419 meters height, there has many old growth forests, many precious wood, and 1.000 kinds of rare herbs. The animal includes tiger, hemorrhoids, phoenix, pangolin… and hundreds of other birds. Ha Giang has poetic and grandeur upland: Dong Van, Khau Vai love market which attracts a numbers of tourists. Coming to Ha Giang, tourists have opportunity to access the unique culture and traditional products such as: bags, dresses with brilliant pattern. Moreover, tourists can enjoy the fair of uplands and explore exciting experience.
The newly-built house ceremony of the Lo Lo is a highlight of Ha Giang. It lasts about 2 days 2 nights at the new home of the Lo Lo. All people in village pull to celebrate the new house. Spring festival is the festival of H’Mong and Dao, it usually held on the day after lunar New Year and lasts from 3 to 7 days. The festivals include crossbow, throwing pa pao’, and drinking wine… .
In brief, Ha Giang has many unique traditional heritages of more than 20 ethnic, a memorable destination by the natural landscape.
Dong Van is an upland district of Ha Giang, it is far about 146 kilometers from Ha Giang. Dong Van has Lung Cu that is concerned as 'the roof of Vietnam', famous for natural scenery, fruits and precious herbs... The district has 19 communes, in which there has 9 communes bordering with China. In the winter, temperature down to 10C, the highest temperature in the summer is only 240C.
Dong Van is famous for delicious fruit such as: peaches, plums, pears, apples… and precious medicinal plants such as: ventricles, salmon, cinnamon… This place inspires for artists to create the unique painting about: mountains, rice terraces…
Dong Van is the northernmost district of Ha Giang province. It is located in the ruggered rock upland of our nation. Here, visitors will have opportunity to admire the beautiful scenery and know more about everyday life of Dong Van people, one of the points that visitors should visit the Dong Van market. Dong Van market which has trading of ethnic such as: Tay, Nung, Han, Mong, Hoa, Dao, Kinh…
The market meets on Sunday every week and holidays, New Year. Market located at the root of Don Cao Mountain, beside the Dong Van ancient town. The whole market is designed with the style of Vietnam-China and it has interference with feng shui plateau. There has the rows of stone pillars with sophisticated carve. Dong Van market situated in the middle of Dong Van highland valley basin as an impressive point. This market is designed with U-shape structure and architecture on stone was built during the period from 1925 to 1928.
From a distance, visitors will contemplate the wonderful and vivid scene of upland fair. From the porch, the seller and the buyer exchange goods by their language. Inside the market, there has range of merchandises that show all kind of items along with the sale of livestock and poultry to serve the needs of customers.
Like some other upland fairs, Dong Van fair severs ethnic cuisine such as: Thang co, triangle cake, corn wine… Here, visitors will has chance to soak into vivid atmosphere and learn more about the Dong Van ancient town. In addition, coming to Dong Van is opportunity to test your courage by passing abyss.
Dong Van Town, Ha Giang, Ha Giang