Photographer's Note


Bản Giốc Waterfalls

I shot this photo in Cao Bằng, a high-land province of north that shares border with Guangxi Province of China. Ty, Nng, and H' mong are among the nine ethnic groups living in this area. The tropical climate of this mountainous destination has four separate seasons. The temperature is at peak in May and coldest in January. Probably the most beautiful and imposing waterfalls in Vietnam, this Bản Giốc waterfalls locates in Đm Thủy Commune, Trng Khnh District and 85 km from the seat of province that bears same name Cao Bằng, right on the sino-Vietnamese border. Echoes of falling water from the Qui-Xun River cascades over the rocks could be heard from kilometers away and there is an opaque fog formed on the mountainside. A rock landing covered by trees in the middle divides the stream into three currents and creates a thin mist that cools down the temperature. Since the early of the 1920s, the French started to build cottages on the riverbanks for their high-rank officers to relax, hunting deer and fishing. In fact, Qui-Xun River is famous for a special type of fish called trầm hương.

The falls itself has often been in ownership dispute between the two countries, and finally has been divided in two, according to the new agreement signed on December 30, 1999.


There is a poem in Vietnamese about the waterfalls for those who are interested:

Anh muốn đưa em về thăm Bản Giốc
Thc nước đầy vang vọng những lời thơ
C những cy xanh trải di con bng
Cu ca dao ai đặt thuở khai thời.

Vỹ Nam

Remarks: I am currently out of town hunting pictures. Sorry that I have no available info or time to write the note. This note is contributed by a trekearth friend who is interested in this topic.


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