Aerial view of Bắc Sơn valley, Lạng Sơn, Vietnam


Aerial view of Bắc Sơn valley, Lạng Sơn, Vietnam

In this far northern province of Vietnam, craggy karst mountains rise from green valleys, and fertile flatlands are mostly a patchwork of cultivated fields. A full 80 percent of the province’s economy is agriculture-based, and we see evidence of that from our overhead view of the Bắc Sơn valley. If you’re visiting a bit closer to terra firma, you won’t get quite this bird’s-eye view, but the high mountains rising above the valley provide visitors with expansive vistas of the spectacular landscape. The scene resembles the better-known and heavily touristed karst mountain regions of the neighboring Chinese province of Guangxi, but Lạng Sơn is still relatively undiscovered.
Guangxi province
Lạng Sơn Province
Sunrise mountain at Bac Son town Lang Son province vietnam

Lạng Sơn (About this sound listen) is a province in far northern Vietnam, bordering Guangxi province in China. Its capital is also called Lạng Sơn, which is a strategically important town at the border with China and is 137 kilometres (85 mi) northeast of Hanoi connected by rail and road.[1][2] Lạng Sơn Province is bounded by China in the north, Cao Bằng Province borders the northwest, Ha Bac Province to the south, Quảng Ninh Province starting on the south and extending to the eastern border and Thái Nguyên Province to the west.[3] The province covers an area of 8,327.6 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 759,000.[4]

Lạng Sơn Province, Hà Giang, Lào Cai, Bắc Giang, Bắc Kạn, Cao Bằng, Phú Thọ, Quảng Ninh, Thái Nguyên, Tuyên Quang and Yên Bái of the Northeast (Đông Bắc) region) are all part of the 59 administrative provinces and five municipalities in Vietnam.[5]

Ancient history of the province is linked to the Bronze Age when the trade route that existed between China and India that passed from the Red River Delta through Nanning to Guangzhou. The province was one of the 13 original provinces in northern Vietnam created under the reign of Emperor Minh Mạng in 1831.

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Author: Andrew Blair

Living in Maroubra Australia. Carer for my wife Jessica. Simple web designer and Administrator; photographer, artist and theologian. (Ordained by a Celtic bishop), we now attend the Uniting Church Additionally Since the age of 17 I live with uncontrollable Epilepsy and Bipolar Affective Disorder with some Psychotic episodes, for the past 4 years, at least I have been bipolar depressed with no real excitement, periodic bouts of paranoia and other yuck.

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