Location: Sapa Ancient Rock Field is in
Muong Hoa Valley, Hau Thao Commune, Sapa District, Lao Cai Province.
Characteristic: This 8sq.km-area of remains consists of large multi-grade
rocks engraved with ancient images.
Sapa Ancient Rock Field is between the terraced rice paddies of ethnic minority
groups. The first exploration research, in 1925, recorded that there were 200
stones 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.