Ha Giang Province

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The principal target of China's 1984 invasion of Vietnam in the Third Indochina War, Ha Giang Province is on the border between the two countries. It is the northernmost part of Vietnam.

Cao Bang Province forms its western side. Tuyen Quang, and Yen Bai Provinces are to the south, and Lao Cai Province is on the southwest. National Highway 2 links it to Hanoi, through Viet Tri and Tuyen Quang Provinces.

Its capital, Ha Giang City, was the apparent target of the Chinese invasion, but the People's Liberation Army failed to capture it. [1]

The province is known for agriculture, not just for the common rice crop but especially for high-quality Shan Tuyet green tea. With this improvement in the economy, all children are now going to school.[2] Its museum and heirloom collections are noted for a collection of bronze drums, indicating an earlier metalworking culture than had been assumed. [3]


  1. O'Dowd, Edward C (2007), Military Strategy in the Third Indochina War: The Last Maoist War, Routledgepp. 99-100
  2. "Ha Giang province - stirring up the internal potential", Vietnam Review (no. 528), December 2002
  3. Phan Minh Huyen, "A Typological Study of Bronze Drums in the Ha Giang Museum", Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association