Battle of Hmong

Unknown Hmong woman in Xu's house © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressThe trail from Sapa, in North Vietnam’s Hoang Lien Son Mountains. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressSapa market, meeting point for most Black Hmong women traders.  © Chris Hopkins 2014/The Insight PressBac Ha Market, Buffalo sales. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressBac Ha Market, Flower  Hmong woman gears up for the hike home. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressThe trail from Sapa to Lao Chai is peppered with machinery widening roads and making the area more accessible. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressBac Ha Market, One of the most isolated in Vietnam, all variety of produce is sold here. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressXu operates as a guide for tourists, so she doesn't have to sell wares in Sapa. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressThe Black Hmong women weave hemp all day long giving them material to make trinkets to sell to tourists. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressXu takes a call on her moble as Ma and friend look on amused.  © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressMa looks over the construction in the Valley. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight Press© Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressXu and Mai look out over the valley.  © Chris Hopkins/The Insight Press  Power plant under construction in Lao Chai. © Chris Hopkins/The Insight PressXu and Mai look out over the valley.  © Chris Hopkins/The Insight Press  Local boys use stored water pipes as a vantage point.  © Chris Hopkins /The Insight PressThe village men tend to the gardens and village needs as the women hike to Sapa  to earn a living © Chris Hopkins 2014/The Insight PressHotel construction in Sapa is booming, and needs to be to cope with increased tourism traffic.  © Chris Hopkins 2014 /The Insight PressLao Cai train station. Main tourist hub for visiting the north.  © Chris Hopkins 2014/The Insight Press