Black Hmong woman with the valley in the background. On the hill over her head, a big tourist hotel is under construction.
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The vast Sa Pa valley with the rice terraces on all steep surfaces.
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Kids eating sugar canes.
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Man carrying a TV up the steep hills.
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Kid being washed by his mother.
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A man in the rice field.
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Older woman carrying a basket to the nearby marked.
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Everything gets transported by motorcycle or scooter in the valley.
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Two kids play fighting.
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Two Hmong ladies having a break from trying to sell handicrafts to tourists.
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Small fish farm in one of the villages. The valley is far from water and in these small containers fish are kept fresh.
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Two boys listening to the near by karaoke being preformed in the schoolyard behind them
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Boys helping with gathering wood from the forest that are used for firewood. The Vietnamese government has banned the people from cutting down trees to prevent erosion.Â Â
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Men working on building a house.
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Two boys playing in the bumpy road.
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Kids debating important matters in the street in a village.
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Man sorting flasks.
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Woman with child in a harness on her back.
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The signal of the shamans presence in the yard of a house. In this house the family has been isolated for three days. One of the family members has died. It was custom that the family and the shaman stayed in the house for a week, but the Vietnamese government has introduced a maximum of three days before the body has to be buried. This was because of infection risks.
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Boy running to the karaoke in the school yard. This is a loved entertainment in the valley.
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Baby in a box.
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A traditional house in a typical valley setting.
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Ling and her friend walking in their traditional dress.
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Two Hmong boys playing with Â«fakeÂ» money.
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Internet is not common, but some of the houses has access.
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Man painting the village school.
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Kid in a traditional house.
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Woman making a traditional garment.
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The process off making the traditional cloth shiny for festive events.
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A sink where the hemp textiles are being colored.
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A Hmong man drinking rice wine. The men are out of work for most for the winter and an over consumption of rice vine is common.