Mèo Vạc is a small mountain town on the highway that begins in the northern city of Hà Giang and loops through spectacular mountain scenery before returning to Hà Giang. This road and the sights along the road are a major tourist attraction in Vietnam. Many of the people living in and around Mèo Vạc are citizens of Vietnam, but ethnically not Vietnamese. The Hmong are an important group in this area, and there are a number of other ethnic groups who live and work in this part of northern Vietnam.
This woman was being photographed by a man who I presumed was her husband or boyfriend. The shoot did not look commercial, though who knows. In any case tourists passing by were snapping away and I figured why not. The colors really are gorgeous.
Chúc mừng năm mới!
It’s New Year’s Eve – tomorrow is the first day of the lunar new year. Tonight, the Tết celebration is well under way in Vietnam. Earlier today, the Hoi An market was crowded with people buying last minute food and flowers for holiday rituals.