Around Đồng Văn Palace

Dong Van Palace valley. The Đồng Văn Palace, surrounded by trees, sits on a slight rise within its valley Dong Van Palace on its mound. A closer shot at a different time of year Gherkin shaped karst. In the neighbouring valley a gherkin shaped karst Go to another site. This page shows a little of the immediate neighbourhood of the Đồng Văn Palace hidden in the folds of the hills in the north of Hà Giang Province. First some shots to show the countryside and dramatic hill shapes, then pictures of local people including the bee keepers who are camped nearby. To start the page, on the right, a photograph of more modern workers - tending to the power lines. Power line workers. Power line workers Working on electricity network. Those workers through the inescapable ubiquitous cables Neighbouring valley and school. Neighbouring valley and its school Along the roads of Hà Giang bundles, such as the ones
in the pictures below, taken near to the Palace, often
appear as wayside stooks, which on approach move off
Apparent bales on the road. Bundles on the road... Bales appear to move. ...begin to move... Bales appear as people. ...and emerge as people with loads Woman carrying bale. And here is the woman, seen in the pictures above, when we passed her Bee camp by karst. This bee-camp is situated directly under a triangular karst Removing frames from hive. A bee-keeper removing a frame from the hive. The bees are so docile he does not need gloves to brush them off the frame Tent for processing honey Inside a (partially!) bee-proof tent where the frames are centrifuged Bee camp. Camped beside the road the bee-keepers can trade directly from their base. When local flowers are over, the camp is moved to a new location Honey centrifuge. The frames are cleared of surplus wax, then slotted into the centrifuge which is spun by hand. The honey is collected... Vietnamese honey bees. These honey bees in Vietnam are smaller and redder than the Apis mellifera Go to another site. of Western Europe Waiting by the Palace. Back by the Palace locals wait watching other visitors arriving; the more affluent man in a suit is less patient in his waiting Feeding honey to by-standers. ...and fed to watching visitors, who then naturally cannot resist buying some at about £15 for a litre The Palace sits on a slight rise with steps leading up to it from the village square. This area is now packed with stall holders eager to sell to visitors. But it is still small scale and relaxed and many are happy to just watch and exchange a 'hello'. Children and clothes line. Under the Palace wall clothes dry and other children also watch Outer wall of Palace. Steps lead up to the gate in the outer wall of the Palace. The buildings in beyond the courtyard can be seen - they are introduced on another page Grave of last king. The grave of the last king who was buried here in 1962. Graves in Vietnam often have photographs of their occupants Steps up to the Palace gate The simple steps which lead into the Palace The next page goes on a second visit into the Palace, this time introducing the great grand-daughter of the last king; she now assists visitors in understanding something of the local history. The front of Dong Van Palace. line
Saturday 17th December 2016 Murphy on duty
While travelling these pages are produced using a Microsoft system.
Colour consistency and quality is sadly much diminished until my return to my Mac.

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