Quản Bạ Valley
Quản Bạ Valley, located at 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Ha Biang, at 7,945.8 metres (26,069 ft) elevation, is called the “Heaven’s Gate” and has a TV Transmitter on a summit. Uniformly shaped hills of the valley are viewed from this summit. Quan Ba Pass provides alluring views of the voluptuously named Thach Nu Doi but also known as “Two Stone Breasts” in the valley below. The valley has forested hills and meadows, with temperatures ranging between 10 oC (50 oF) in winter and 24 oC (75 oF) in summer. It is well known for its secret grottoes and caves, colourful orchids, plum and peach trees, persimmon orchards, medicinal plants and many more. The town of Dong Van is famous for its Pho Bang Street which features multistoried buildings built with clay bricks and tiled roofs. The weekly market is where the Tay and H’Mong ethnic groups of the province visit in large numbers to trade in various types of goods and colourful hand woven cloth.
Phuong Thien Cave
Phương Thiện Cave is 7 km to the south of the township of Ha Giang. It is the location of many sights, especially natural caves and grottos of Doi, Lang Lo and Phuong Thien. The surrounding area is also known for its plums, pears, oranges, apples and Tuyet Son tea above 900 metres (3,000 ft). Chui Cave lies 7 km to the south of Ha Giang. It is set about 100 metres (330 ft) into the face of the hill. Tiên Cave và Tiên Spring: The cave is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Ha Giang town. Động có Suối Tiên rất đẹp. According to folklore, heavenly female beings came there to bathe in the lunar new year, thus its name. The local population uses it as a water source and to pray for good luck in the new year.
Dong Van is a market town 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Sa Phin and 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Chinese border is inhabited by Tay People and also Hmong. It is an altitude of 1,025 kilometres (637 mi) and experiences freezing temperature of 0 oC (32 oF) in winter and 24 oC (75 oF) in summer months. The highland region is famous for fruits such as Hau plums, peaches and persimmons without seeds. It also has many medicinal plants (ginseng, cinnamon and anise).
Meo Vac is a mountain pass at about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) elevation which forms the basin boundary of the Nho Que River on the border with China is restricted zone. The market held at Khau Vai which is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Meo Vac, is where once a year on the 27th day of the third month of the Lunar calendar is known famously as the Khau Vai “Love Market.” The ethnic clans of White Hmong, Tay and Lolo congregate here, particularly the young people assemble here in search of life partners or to exchange partners. The Lolo people who dominate the local village by the same name in particular come here in their colourful regale. This ancient custom is now reported has become a “circus” with gate crashers landing in very large