December, 16 2013 08:28:00

Tourists flock to see rare sight of snow in Sa Pa

Snow covers all of Sapa Town in Lao Cai Province. The snowfall led to constant traffic congestion on the road from Lao Cai City to Sa Pa, as thousands of tourists flock to the town to admire the rare sight. — VNA/VNS Photos Van Thang

LAO CAI (VNS) — Sa Pa Town in the northern province of Lao Cai, a major national tourist attraction, wears an even more attractive look now with snowfall of more than five centimetres.

Officials of the Nui Xe Forest Management Station in the town's Hoang Lien National Park say the snowfall has led to constant traffic congestion on the road from Lao Cai City to Sa Pa, as thousands of tourists flock to the town to admire the rare sight.

While it has been known for long that it snows in Sa Pa, this is not a common occurrence.

The Nui Xe Station said that it began snowing at around 9am yesterday.

It said that at a height of over 1,900m above sea level, temperatures had dipped to as low as minus two degrees Celsius, forming icy sheets 10-20cm thick.

Average temperature in Sa Pa remained low yesterday at about minus one degree Celsius, with constant heavy smog and drizzle.

Earlier, on Thursday, the province experienced heavy downpours of 30-50cm, and temperatures in Sa Pa dropped then to 5-7 degrees Celsius.

According to the Lao Cai Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre, another cold spell is expected to hit the province in the coming days.

The centre has also warned of strong winds, whirlwinds and hail storms that could threaten the lives and properties of residents.

Meanwhile, northern Viet Nam as a whole has experienced intense cold weather with temperatures ranging between 17 and 11 degrees Celsius. The temperature has dropped to below 10 degrees Celsius in a few mountainous areas, weather experts have said.

Provinces and cities in the north have also experienced mild to heavy rains over the last few days.

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting yesterday echoed provincial warnings that mountainous areas in the north should be prepared for the possibility of tornadoes, hailstorms and strong winds.

It said that the cold weather would extend to the central region and some places on the south-central coast today. — VNS

Robert Fries - scott17110@yahoo.com   Robert Fries
December, 23 2013 22:01:25
Before I traveled to Vietnam for the first time many years ago, I knew little about the country and thought it was all jungle. Snow? Deserts with sand dunes? No way! Then I came to Vietnam and saw how varied and beautiful it was. When I returned many years later, I shed my ignorance and and prepared for the trip by studying about the history, culture and geography. Having spent time in HCMC and traveling as far north as Quang Ngai, my next trip I plan to travel to Hanoi. In the US I grew up in the Northeast part with cold weather and snow every year. Now that I am used to warmer weather, I prefer not to go where it is cold. I will pay close attention close attention to Sa Pa weather reports if I ever decide to go there...
Duc Huan Tran - tranduchuan@humg.edu.vn   Duc Huan Tran
December, 22 2013 23:33:44
It just seems to be beautiful from out side of view, but if you are here for a while or living here, you'll feel what is miserable, I bet. Snow causes massive damages for people, such as crop, vegetable, animals. I hope it would stop as soon as possible.!
tran cong bang - tran_congbang@yahoo.com   tran cong bang
December, 19 2013 11:55:37
Very very baetiful singhtseeing in Sapa. I hope coming there in few days. Lovely !
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