- Posted September 16, 2013 by
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Survival in the Rice Terraces of Sapa
I snapped this photo during a three-day trek through the rice terraces in Sapa. Like most visitors to Vietnam, we had seen the pictures and were prepared to see one or two carved up valleys. What we found were endless mountains of rice terraces, seemingly heading from the ground all the way into the mist and clouds. You can walk for days without losing sight of the work—past and present—of the Black Hmong tribespeople. Around 2000 years ago, these hardy mountain inhabitants started shaping the local mountains into the terraces that would make Sapa famous, and that would help them grow enough rice to feed their families.
Nowadays, that's still what they do, and what this mother with a baby on her back was doing when we spotted her from a terrace up above. The baby didn't make a sound as the mother pulled up the last bits of the new seedlings in this terrace. Next up would be replanting them, and then a few months later, a harvest that would hopefully be enough to sustain her family for the year.