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Sapa, Vietnam. View pictures as slide show.

Originally, Sapa is a Black Hmong village, it was ‘discovered’ early in the twentieth century by the French and developed as a resort for French military officers, civil servants and business people. Its climate is similar to alpine areas in France, made it a haven from Hanoi's horrible damp winter and humid summer. By 1940, it was a sizeable town populated almost entirely by French citizens. Most of the original buildings were destroyed during the war against French. Sapa today has only trace of the French presence in the inclusion of open fires and chimneys in many buildings.

Pictures in this page were taken during our second trip to Sapa in the Spring of 2007. From our hotel, we could see clearly the whole downtown Sapa with Ham Rong mountain in the background. We got up early in the morning to take pictures of the sunrise. It's so beautiful. We also tried to take pictures of the sunset on the Hoang Lien Son. Unfortunately, the Fansipan peak and Hoang Lien Son always hiding behind clouds. In the morning, the clouds are so low, they curled into Sapa to cover the whole city, then cleared out a few minutes later. You need to be there to appreciate its beauty.

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