Ham Rong Mountain of the majestic Hoang Lien Son Range in northern Lao Cai province’s Sapa district has been listed among eight places with stunning sunsets in the world by the US’ Huffington Post newspaper.
A sunset landscape as seen from Ham Rong Mountain (Photo: dantri.com.vn)
“The sun sets over the mountain range across the valley, and the fading light paints the town and surrounding area with an array of colour”, the newspaper describes the view at Ham Rong.
The name of Ham Rong (dragon jaw) was derived from the legend that, in primitive age there were a couple of dragons which became attached to each other while the deluge was rising high. Walking up, they were separated from each other and drifted to different places. The female dragon was petrified and tried to look for the male dragon on the Hoang Lien Mountain in the west.
Currently, Ham Rong Mountain is home to a number of some pretty orchid gardens and "rock gardens".
Rounding on the list of top 8 are Summit Lake in Mt. Rainier National Park (the US), Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park (Canada), Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park (the US), Playa Jacó (Costa Rica), Mauna Kea Summit (Hawaii), Torrenthorn (Switzerland), and Mt. Tamalpais (the US).