Quan Ba Heaven’s gate is located about 50 km north of Ha Giang town and it is the gateway to the geological park. Once upon a time, behind the gate was a kingdom of H'mong people with 4 districts Quan Ba, Dong Van, Meo Vac and Yen Minh. In 1939 the French built a huge wooden door, 150cm thick to divide this area from the rest. The door is no longer there, only a sign in both English and Vietnamese languages, Quan Ba Heaven’s Gate.
This grandiose two-storey mansion was built for a local H’mong king by the French. Set in a hidden valley in the tiny village of Sa Phin, the building was renovated in 2006 and is a fascinating sight in such a remote region of the country. Sa Phin is around 15km west of Dong Van.
Ha Giang Khau Vai Love Market
Khau Vai market, also known as Phong Luu market, Khau Vai love market, is located in the Khau Vai commune, Meo Vac district, Ha Giang city, and took place only once a year on the March 27 according to the lunar calendar. It is one of the most attractions when travelling in Ha Giang.
Around 25km north of Dong Van and just a few kilometres from the Chinese border, Lung Cu is a massive flag tower erected in 2010 to mark the northernmost point of Vietnam. The summit is reached by almost 300 steps from a mid-level carpark, and the views across rural villages are stunning.
Ma Pi Leng
Considered as the King of passes in the north of Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng has majestic scenery along with an interesting story about sappers breaking the stones and then paved ways on that craggy pass.
If you stand on Ma Pi Leng’s top point and outstretch your arms, you will feel like you are flying in the sky. Indeed, the harmonious beauty of ground, sky, and mountainous scenes can steal the heart of any tourists.
Lung Cam Cultural Tourist Village
Located in the narrow, incredibly picturesque Sung La Valley is the village of Lung Cam. Deemed a 'cultural tourist village' by the local authorities, the highlight here, aside from the stunning setting, is a century-old traditional Hmong house. The adobe structure, surrounding a stone-paved courtyard, was, in a former life, an opium emporium, and more recently featured in a Vietnamese film.