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Tourists flock to northwestern Vietnam to see rare snow
Publication Date : 18-12-2013
The town of Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai, northwestern Vietnam, is a major tourist attraction. These days, the scenic town wears an even more attractive look as it is covered by more than five centimetres of thick, white, snow.
Officials at the Nui Xe Forest Management station in the town's Hoang Lien National Park say all that snow has caused traffic congestion at the roads into the town, as tourists and visitors from all over the country flock in to see the rare sight.
Station officials said that snow started to fall on the Sa Pa highlands, which is located 1,900m above sea level, on Sunday morning. Temperatures have dipped to as low as minus-two degrees Celsius, causing icy sheets as thick as 20cm thick to form.
Average temperatures remained low since Sunday, accompanied by fog and drizzle. The station has also released a warning of strong winds, whirlwinds and hail storms in the coming days.
Meanwhile, northern Vietnam as a whole has been experiencing unusually cold weather recently, with temperatures dropping to below 10 degrees Celsius in a few mountainous areas.