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Tourists flock to see rare snow in northern Vietnam

Published on Dec 17, 2013 5:18 PM

LAO CAI, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/Asia News Network) — Sa Pa Town, in Vietnam's northern province of Lao Cai, a major national tourist attraction, wears an even more attractive look now with snowfall of more than 5cm.

Officials of the Nui Xe Forest Management Station in the town's Hoang Lien National Park say the snowfall has led to constant traffic congestion on the road from Lao Cai City to Sa Pa, as thousands of tourists flock to the town to admire the rare sight. While it has been known for long that it snows in Sa Pa, this is not a common occurrence.

The Nui Xe Station said that it began snowing at around 9am yesterday. It said that at a height of over 1,900m above sea level, temperatures had dipped to as low as minus 2 deg C, forming icy sheets 10cm to 20cm thick. 

Average temperature in Sa Pa remained low yesterday at about minus 1 deg C, with constant heavy smog and drizzle.

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