Photographer's Note

This was where I ended up in the fabulous verdant Muang Hoa Valley at 1500 m elevation out of Sa Pa, on a cool slight cloudy afternoon during my photo routine after a slow bumpy ride along the muddy unpaved mountain road on my rugged Minsk Russian motorbike.

Located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range - also known as Tonkin Alps- it reveals endless valleys of sweeping undulated rice fields and amid the tender greens, you could make out clusters of small huts, they are the tiny villages and hamlets on steep hills populated by the colorful Black Hmong and Red Zao ethnic minority groups.

I was told that at this altitude the farmers only get one rice crop a year as compared to three crops in the lowland area.

These very natural crafted rice fields, a testimony to all their back breaking labour intensive work, could tell the tale of many generations revealing like the ridges of fingerprints,,,,

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