Thursday, 31 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
A few minutes later, we begun to understand: In Cao Son, there was only a kindergarten for babies from 3 to 5 years old. This class was built by the Embassy of Denmark, called "Class of Mercy”. Perhaps the teacher taught the children to say "bye bye" to the guests who offered this school. The school was built in 2007, but probably there are rarely visits, so that any cars could make the children confused with those foreign visitors.
We really saw the life of the local minority groups here. The village had about 20 houses which were scattered around the top of the mountain. There was a school, which is the most beautiful, model building here and also it’s the living place for 2 teachers. The teacher htold us that in order to “keep their student going to school”, they had to prepare sweets, candies to give them. People rarely visited the village, that’s why the children looked at us curiously.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Warm winter in Cao Son
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Cao Son – Lung Xeng Nung
Day2: Cao Son – Tin Thang – Coc Ly – Bao Nhai – Lao Cai – Hanoi
- Bring 6 clothing packages donated in Hanoi during this November to tribe village in Cao Son
- Find out the most difficulty of the local people here to support them.
Cao son overview:
- Location: Muong Khuong – Bac Ha – Lai Chau
o 460km from Hà Nội.
o 80km from Lao Cai.
- Elevation: 1500m.
- Transportation: Train, Auto
- Average temperature: 16-18
- Ethnic minority groups: H’mong Hoa, Nùng, Tày, Ba Dí và Dao Đỏ.
During one month asking for donation from many sources, we got many old clothes. We spent the Saturday for classification and packing. We had to bring all to the train station in the morning as we go by night.
20:35 the train departs. Early but to prepare for the next day, we go to bed, try to read something before fall asleep.
4:30, wake up, Lao Cai is here. Contact early,the bus is ready for us, but for a long way ahead, we have breakfast first. From Lao Cai, using 7- seats car, our driver said that it’ll take us more than 2 hours to get Cao Son.
The road is quite narrow, crooked according to the mountain side. It’s the time to forget the big city and enjoy the beauty of mountain ranges, valleys and hill tribe villages.
Passing the town, we take a stopover to visit the local market here. In the highland, several nearby villages have a market, open weekly. People come here from many minority groups, including H’Mong, Nung, Dao…make the market looks more colorful with beautiful dresses. The Flower H’Mong girls are easiest to recognize by their brocade skirts and shawls.. Tuesday is not the day for the market so there are not many people, but we can still buy daily life stuff here.
From Lung Khau Nhin to Cao Son, the road is sloping. That’s why the local people here call this area: Cao Son plateau ( cao: high, son: mountain). But once we get to Cao Son, all the tiring is driven away. The cold and fresh air here makes us – the people from a plain area – to be of sound mind. Ciao Cao Son.