Farming is a part of Co Lao’s life in the rural area. All family members including kids work together, from planting rice to collecting corns and tea, to make ends meet.

Although the life of local people is hard, they always have a smile on their face.

Ha Giang,Tay Con Linh Mountain,Co Lao ethnic people

A bird’s eye view of terraced rice fields found ubiquitously on Tay Con Linh Mountain. – Photos: Trung Dinh

Ha Giang,Tay Con Linh Mountain,Co Lao ethnic people
A local girl with big smile on her face is planting rice.
Ha Giang,Tay Con Linh Mountain,Co Lao ethnic people

Locals collecting corns on a field.

Ha Giang,Tay Con Linh Mountain,Co Lao ethnic people
Two boys walking on high tea trees to collect young tea leaves.
 
Ha Giang,Tay Con Linh Mountain,Co Lao ethnic people

Most of local kids live far away from school and have to walk to school. The dropout rate is high.

Ha Giang,Tay Con Linh Mountain,Co Lao ethnic people

A family meal. Photos: Trung Dinh

Ha Giang,Tay Con Linh Mountain,Co Lao ethnic people
Just keep your smile!

Trung Dinh (SGT)

Ha Giang's ancient tea trees get top recognition and protection

Ha Giang's ancient tea trees get top recognition and protection

Ha Giang Province’s signature shan tuyết tea trees have been recognised as part of the Ancient Tree Heritage of Vietnam.

Enjoying tea in Tay Con Linh mountain

Enjoying tea in Tay Con Linh mountain

Tay Con Linh is a mountain range in the west of Ha Giang, spread over the districts of Hoang Su Phi and Vi Xuyen, the “domain” of Shan Tuyet Tay Con Linh tea, one of the most valuable local tea types and a treasure trove of healing properties.