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Sapa is notable as a hill resort and market centre for the local ethnic Hmong, including the Red, Black, Green and Flower Hmong. Located across the Muong Hoa Valley from Vietnam's highest mountain, Fansipan, the city is sometimes referred to as the "queen of mountains" With more than 20 ethnic groups, Lào Cai is a melting pot of cultures and history. Ethnic Vietnamese are the majority, especially since 1960 when the North Vietnamese government followed a policy of settling communist party cadres from lowland areas in upland areas, then predominantly occupied by tribes.
Sa Pa is one of 21 national tourism areas in Vietnam.
Sa Pa is at an altitude of 1,200–1,800 metres (3,900–5,900 ft), has a mild climate throughout the year, lush, forested and mountainous scenery, waterfalls and is a hub of cultural activities of various ethnic minorities in the region, such as the Hmong(pronounced Mong) and Dao people used to gather during the weekly market to "attend an ephemeral "Love Market" where young men and women chose partners to marry. The French had established a Travel Bureau, as early as 1917, and the town was popular among the all through their rule as a hill resort. However, Sa Pa has gone through several rounds of destruction between 1947 and 1953, and again in 1979 due to war with French and Chinese. It has been partly restored and has gradually become a tourist hub since the region was opened to tourism in 1993. A good time to visit Sa Pa would be when rice fields in different green shades are being harvested in the fall season (Sept to Nov) but I can ensure you that May that I'm visiting the area is an excellent time as well. The women of the ethnic minority tribes who work and harvest the crops on the fields further accentuate the different green shades of the fields with their eye catching red and indigo coloured dresses #photooftheday