Facts about the image, The Heavens Gate Vietnam
Created in the northernmost part of Vietnam this image of the Vietnam Heavens Gate near the Chinese border this image captures the beauty and splendour of this mountainous region.
The Heavens Gate is a valley separating the provinces of Lao Cai and Lan Chao is said to be a place of enlightenment. With the clouds parting over the valley and the suns magical rays breaking through in the distance this image has a heavenly aura about it. To get to this area you take the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai where you then make the transfer by bus to Sapa from where you can easily explore the region with the help of one of the local tourist operators. Once you leave Lao Cai and head up into the hills the air becomes much cooler and fresher which coupled with the spectacular beauty of the region has made it an escape for residents of Hanoi and Northern Vietnam where they can get away from the stifling heat of the summer and enjoy a relaxing weekend away. Not surprisingly Sapa the main destination in the region has many hotels and spas as well as beautiful parks and has become something of a resort town where the local ethnic people will constantly try to sell local handcrafts to the visitors.