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Workshop Vietnam

Once more in Asia: like during a Photo walk Venice, I never tire of visiting. What attracts me is the simplicity of people living and working in the countryside, the atmosphere of its temples, the life that flows in the streets. During the photography workshop in Vietnam we have experienced many unexpected situations, such as when during a downpour, some farmers welcomed us into their homes, offering us their homemade grappa!
So we started to discover Vietnam, looking for the ethnic minorities of the north: Thai, Muong, H’Mong, Dzay, which have remained isolated for centuries and have preserved ancestral customs. We found them all around the mountainous town of Sapa, near the border with China, where the villages suspended between ancient and modern meet the H’mong ethnic minority groups, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho and Dzay, which still retain their culture and their native clothes. The beautiful Halong Bay, which is about 164 km from the capital Hanoi and is undoubtedly one of the most attractive destinations of this country. Legend says that the gods sent the dragons to help the Vietnamese in the battle they were fighting against Chinese invaders, and the name “Ha Long” means “where the dragon descends into the sea”. This bay is composed of approximately 2,000 limestone islets that arise from these dyed green waters, capable to give the visitor a unique landscape. And then Hanoi, Vietnam’s political capital, which in Vietnamese means “on this side of the river.” Nestled along the banks of the Red River, it looks like a typical French city of the beginning of the century, with long avenues, parks and buildings which in fact French style. We went to discover the popular spirit of the city, walking through little shops and workshops in the Old Quarter.

Children playing in Sa PaLao Cai Province, Vietnam