Location: In center of Sapa Townlet, Sapa
District, Lao Cai District; 33km from Lao Cai City.
Characteristics: Ham Rong Mountain is an attractive tourist area in the
center of Sapa Townlet.
Legend has it that in the distance past, all animals lived together in a chaotic
environment. One day, Jade Emperor gave an order that every species of animal
had to find for them an area to live. Having heard the order, they scrambled for
a place to reside. The three brothers of dragon who were living in a large lake
hurriedly ran to the east but could not find any place; they then ran to the
west. The two older brothers ran fast and came to the destination first. The
youngest brother ran slowly and strayed into the crowds of lions, tigers and big
cats. Fearing that these animals would attack it, the dragon opened its mouth to
defense itself. At that time, the order of Jade Emperor was no longer available,
so the three dragons petrified. The two older dragons, which were waiting for
their brother, face Lao Cai City, and the youngest one raising its head and
opening mouth faces the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. So the mountain is named Ham
Rong (Jaw of Dragon). Visitors to Ham Rong have chances to climb up the San May
(Cloud Yard) to enjoy the panorama of Sapa Townlet, visit the orchid gardens
with beautiful and colorful flowers. In addition, Ham Rong Mountain has numerous
caves and stones in extraordinary shapes.