Tuesday (Ba Be – Meo Vac)
We were woken up by the cockerels VERY early! I decided I would like chicken pie & chicken soup for breakfast, to end the noisy cockerel for the next guests but instead I was given crepes!
In the Niem Son valley we met the Red Xao people – the married ladies pluck their eyebrows & shave the front of their heads. We stopped off to visit a school. Instead of bells, the have gongs to signal the start and end of the school day.
We also met Shancsi ladies who wore hemp dyed black with embroidered & silver decorations – we took photos for them and looked around their wooden house – too cold for rice here, so they eat a lot of corn. Their house was not as old as Bisham!
We stayed in Meo Vac & had dinner with more rice wine. Dad tried cow stomach and stayed up to chat with our guide & driver and tried even more rice wine.