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Chocolate Tart, Baguette & Chocolat, Sa Pa, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam by David McKelvey

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Terraced hills in Vietnam

Sapa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam.

The Red Dzao tribe is the second largest ethnic minority group in Sapa and are known for their exquisite, hand-embroidered costumes made using home-grown cotton and natural dyes like indigo. The Red Dzao are believed to have originated from China and use Chinese characters for their unique language system. Many Dzao women shave their heads and eye brows as a sign of beauty and a bigger turban usually indicates that the woman belongs to a wealthy family.