Ancient Rock Field in Sapa

Attraction Bãi đá cổ - Sapa Hầu Thào Sa Pa Lào Cai Published on: 13-11-2015

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Ancient rock field in Sapa is a unique spot situated in Muong Hoa valley where the tourists can explore its interesting history and take photo with its motifs.

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Why Ancient Rock Field in Sapa is special ?

Ancient rock field in Sapa is a unique spot situated in Muong Hoa valley where the tourists can explore its interesting history and take photo with its motifs.


Sapa ancient carved rock spreads out on the territory of three communes of Ta Van, Hau Thao and Su Pan. It is located in Muong Hoa valley with an area of about 8 km2. Located on the steep winding mountain road, ancient rock carving ground is consisted of 159 small and large boulders alternating in trees, near the side of the road or in water rice paddies. They are initially not impressive at all. But when you are getting off the bus, walking along with the guide to hear the introduction by firsthand, examining the rocks, visitors can be amazed at how the artificial life long creations that there are not any satisfactory answers.


Most of big rocks with beautiful carvings concentrate on Pho village. Especially the carvings of human in various postures: image of a person opening the arms with halo around his round head, image of persons holding hands together, or upside down person, or the couple whose genitalials connect with each other as the expression of sinh thuc khi (“sinh” means give birth, “thuc” means arise,”khi” means tools) religion on the pictures of Dong Son bronze drum. There are 11 styles of strange human images. Most of scientists supposed this was a big heritage of mankind. Not only did it have great value in and spirit but also was a mysterious massage left by acestor for the following generations


Source: sapa-tour.net

What to explore at Ancient Rock Field in Sapa?

This 8sq.km area of remains consists of large multi-grade rocks engraved with ancient images. It was discovered by a Russian French archaeologist of the French School of the Far East in 1925. There are nearly 200 rocks of various dimensions concentrated in the area. Hon Bo, which is 15m long and 6m high, is the biggest of theses rocks. The engravings on the surfaces of the stone are either pictographic or decorative. Remarkably, among the engravings are drawings of humans, stilt-houses of the ethnic minorities and symbols believed to be a primitive form of writing. But their meaning has not yet been deciphered. In addition, impressive images include a da chong (the husband stone), da vo (the wife stone), as well as stones that look like tigers and a stela with an incantation written on it by the carver to help his people defeat the tigers. The da chong and da vo tell the story of faithful love between a couple who overcame all difficulties to be together; even though they turned to stone, they are still dedicated to each other. Archaeologists have proven that this area has been inhabited since ancient times. These fascinating Viet remains have drawn the attention of scientists and tourists. The site was recognized as a national cultural relic in 1994. Vietnam has also proposed UNESCO to consider the ancient rock field as a world cultural heritage.

Source: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.sg/

How to get to Ancient Rock Field in Sapa?

Drive from Sapa Town on 4D highway. it will take about 20 minutes. Firstly, Heading southwest on Xuan Vien. Then,turning right at Mobile Store in Xuan Binh Hang to Vienna, crossing Restaurant Yuri (right side),turning right onto Silver Falls. Continuing turning right to stay on Silver Falls, turning left at the Villa at Silver Falls to Sapa, crossing Sapa Summit Hotel (on the left), after that, turning right at US hotels to Vietnam in Silver Falls, crossing the Radio and Television Sapa (on the right), slighting left to Dien Bien Phu / QL 4D. Taking continue to highway 4D. Then, crossing Kindergarten O Quy Ho (5.8 km on the right way). Finally, Ancient rock fields will be on the left.

Selling points

  • the mysterious petroglyphs of Sapa
  • an interesting imprint of culture
  • not just a rock, but cultural features
  • A hidden gem of Sapa
  • Different, impressive, pleasant
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  • You shouldn't point at the face of local people because it's a taboo.
    Customes
  • It's the best destination to cycle.
    Things to do
  • You need a shoes and jacket if you walk in the rainy day
    What to bring
  • You should hire a tour guide to know more about its story.
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  • You should find out information about the exhibition.
    Experience
  • Don't come there in the winter because its really humid.
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  • In the rainy day, the visibility will be limited. .
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  • The best time to visit there is 8:00 am to 10:00 am.
    Timming
  • You shouldn't climb to the rocks because it's prohibition
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  • The road to enter the rock fields are so dusty and bumpy.
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  • If you are not interested in history. it's not an ideal place to visit
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  • There's some women trying to sell some stuffs or begging the money
    Safety
  • Along the road, it’s really risky to climb the rocks. you can be punished.
    Safety
  • There is a rice paddies near there, you can take photo.
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  • The Muong Hoa valley is also next to it, so if you have time you can visit.
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The area of old carved stone in SAPA lies mainly in the MUONG HOA valley where there are settlements of ethnic minority people in Sapa District, Lao cai Province

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In the lush foothills of Sapa’s Muong Hoa Valley is a small field strewn with volcanic boulders covered in mysterious petroglyphs & carvings of unknown origin that were documented for the first time by the French in the 1920’s. For the daydreamer, there is romance in the overall mystery of viewing strange rock carvings that people of our civilisation today can recognise & partly decipher, the guessing continues.Surprisingly, this mysterious archaeological site remains largely unknown to all major guide books keeping it a relatively little known gem. Archaeologists believe that these petroglyphs pre-date the current mountain people who live in Sapa today. Spread out within the boundaries of Hau Thao, Lai Chau & Ta Van villages of the beautiful Muong Hoa Valley, many of the tourist traffic that pass by are on guided hiking treks but with little information very few people can tell you very much about it. Our taxi driver, a funny-looking skinny guy told us a story about one of the images in particular he called the stone husband & stone wife how their love endured beyond the material world even after they turned to stone, all very sentimental but if archaeologists can’t even figure out what it all means how can you believe a chain-smoking taxi driver with missing front teeth?There are pictures at the Sapa Ancient Rock Field of people with bent legs & out-stretched arms which could represent ritual dancing & I have read that the rocks near Lao Chai have erotic images of a male & female doing the horizontal mumble, whether this is graffiti by some young hooligan from Hanoi I don’t know. Common between other world cultural sites with cave art found at Lascaux, France or Mt Grenfel, Australia, are the depictions of animals & the human relationship with them, this is an interesting insight & a major point of difference between our society today where most people have very little contact with animals even tho many eat some form of meat on a daily basis. Most of the smaller rocks have faint & unusual scribbling’s, some have obvious geometric symbols & some are just your imagination. Disappointing is seeing recent damage which guides blame on local tourists who scratch their names next to the ancient carvings for fun, ignorance at its best here & a sad sight to see.For what it is worth, the Sapa Ancient Rock Field was apparently given national heritage status in 1994. It seems this recognition means very little to anyone as there is scant security & people constantly climb all over the rocks & petroglyphs to pose for photos. The site has been nominated by the Vietnamese government for UNESCO’s world heritage listing with evidence that these petroglyphs may be related to people of the fascinating Dong Son civilisation at 3,000-4,000 years ago, but it seems the Vietnamese application was very weak since very little publicity & awareness has been made around it. In any case, it is easily accessible on a Muong Hoa Valley hike near any of the mentioned villages, very cool nonetheless.

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Всегда завораживает то, что появилось 2000 лет назад и это даже можно трогать, гладить. Добирались самостоятельно, 12 км от Сапы. Туристов не было, фотографируйся как хочешь.Советую посетить.

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Камни далеко друг от друга, рисунки нечеткие и непонятные, ехали сюда специально и пожалели, не впечатлило

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In the lush foothills of Sapa’sMuongHoa Valley is a small field strewn with volcanic boulders covered in mysterious petroglyphs & carvings of unknown origin that were documented for the first time by the French in the 1920’s. For the daydreamer, there is romance in the overall mystery of viewing strange rock carvings that people of our civilisation today can recognise& partly decipher, the guessing continues. Surprisingly, this mysterious archaeological site remains largely unknown to all major guide books keeping it a relatively little known gem. Archaeologists believe that these petroglyphs pre-date the current mountain people who live in Sapa today. Spread out within the boundaries of HauThao, Lai Chau & Ta Van villages of the beautiful MuongHoa Valley, many of the tourist traffic that pass by are on guided hiking treks but with little information very few people can tell you very much about it. Our taxi driver, a funny-looking skinny guy told us a story about one of the images in particular he called the stone husband & stone wife how their love endured beyond the material world even after they turned to stone, all very sentimental but if archaeologists can’t even figure out what it all means how can you believe a chain-smoking taxi driver with missing front teeth? There are pictures at the Sapa Ancient Rock Field of people with bent legs & out-stretched arms which could represent ritual dancing & I have read that the rocks near Lao Chai have erotic images of a male & female doing the horizontal mumble, whether this is graffiti by some young hooligan from Hanoi I don’t know. Common between other world cultural sites with cave art found at Lascaux, France or Mt Grenfel, Australia, are the depictions of animals & the human relationship with them, this is an interesting insight & a major point of difference between our society today where most people have very little contact with animals even tho many eat some form of meat on a daily basis. Most of the smaller rocks have faint & unusual scribbling’s, some have obvious geometric symbols & some are just your imagination. Disappointing is seeing recent damage which guides blame on local tourists who scratch their names next to the ancient carvings for fun, ignorance at its best here & a sad sight to see. For what it is worth, the Sapa Ancient Rock Field was apparently given national heritage status in 1994. It seems this recognition means very little to anyone as there is scant security & people constantly climb all over the rocks & petroglyphs to pose for photos. The site has been nominated by the Vietnamese government for UNESCO’s world heritage listing with evidence that these petroglyphs may be related to people of the fascinating Dong Son civilisation at 3,000-4,000 years ago, but it seems the Vietnamese application was very weak since very little publicity & awareness has been made around it. In any case, it is easily accessible on a MuongHoaValley hike near any of the mentioned villages, very cool nonetheless.

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