Hmong, Sapa -- We are planting the Rice now.
Early morning view of Muong Hoa Valley -- The landscapes look changes rapidly within weeks. From the unworked paddies, to the vibrant terra cotta color of the land, than flooded by water, light green when just planted and darker, beautiful… magical green, as the rice grows. The rice planting season is now in full force and everyone is in the fields working in the labor intensive process. Unlike what many of you may think, it’s a happy time for the Hmong, when families and friends work together. They chat and laugh and you will never hear a complaint or rarely see a sign of hardship. After all, rice is the food they need and paying the utmost attention to every minute detail may just bring a few more grains.
The Black Hmong are the 3rd largest minority in Vietnam with nearly 900,000 people. In the Sapa region there are about 35,000 Black Hmong residing in the surrounding 17 villages and they account for about 50% of the area population. The Hmong started migrating to Vietnam from China in the last 300 years. They live of the land and believe in the spirits.