Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Floating town

Today a picture from the famous Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's Unesco world heritage sites. The weather could have been better, but the sight of hundred of these islands stretched for kilometer after and kilometer was nevertheless impressive. As impressive was to see how many people literally lived on the water - in floating houses, sometimes isolated and sometimes gathered to form small towns with people constantly commuting between the houses in little boats.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Flower Hmong

Well, since the previous image didn't probably give you the feeling of 'literally hundreds of beautifully dressed Flower Hmong', here a another picture from the Bac Ha market that gives you a better idea of what I was describing. As I said - photographer's heaven, so I might post more pictures of this day.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shy Hmong girls

The second part of our trip through Vietnam led us to the Sapa mountains, northwest of Hanoi. These mountains are mainly famous for the large number of different ethnic minorities - among them various groups of Hmong - who still live in a very traditional way, despite the growing numbers of tourists. We were lucky enough to be able to go to the village of Bac Ha on a sunday, were literally hundreds of beautifully dressed Flower Hmong are holding and visiting the local market. This place was photographers' heaven, and luckily it was one of the few sunny days of our trip, so the colors of their dresses were really shining.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The streets of Hanoi

Finally the first image from our great trip to Vietnam. Since it will take me some time to sort and select from the about 2000 images I brought back (I had probably taken twice as many...), I thought I'll try to post one or two images per week in the blog, before I will manage to upload the galleries.
It was hard to pick the first image - I wanted it to be representative, but that was difficult considering all the things we've seen. Probably the strongest impression though made the streets of Hanoi, were we spend our first days. The crazy traffic, the whole life of the people taking place on the streets, the immediate vicinity of poverty and wealth, all those smells and sights both beautiful and alien to us ... it represented all I had hoped for and found in the old quarter of Hanoi!


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