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A close-up of those impressive waterfalls in Vietnam: Ban Gioc. As you can see I don’t go for the “milky look” prefering to capture the power of the water.
The waterfalls are right on the border with China. There are some waterfalls on the Chinese side which are even more impressive as these (the Detian Waterfall in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region).

In February 1979 when China invaded Vietnam, the northern part of Vietnam was the theatre for some fierce fighting.
My driver, Hai, (on this trip) took part in this short war when he was a19 year old soldier.
He had no choice. He came from a poor family and at 18 he had to enroll in the Army. After a short training he was sent to liberate Cambodia from the Pol Pot regime and atrocities before being sent to Northern Vietnam to fight for his country. Many soldiers were local men so I met some of his friends who took part in this short conflict.
The area has become a place of Remembrance Many monuments for the fallen soldiers have been erected to commemorate their memory.

Tags: Waterfalls North east Travel photography Vietnam Landscape and travel CAO BANG PROVINCE QUAY SON RIVER SINO-VIETNAMESE BORDER TRUNG KHAN DISTRICT BAN GIOC

Voters: Jasper87, lonely_oryx, mrswoolybill and 34 more

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lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
4 Nov 2011 7:03PM
Powerful shot

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11 10 10 England
4 Nov 2011 7:57PM
Fantastic images and I like the force of the water in the shots.
4 Nov 2011 9:19PM
jasonrwl Plus
10 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2011 11:26PM
These are stunning shots Jean-Noel
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
4 Nov 2011 11:51PM
Impresive Jean, superb set.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
5 Nov 2011 6:08AM
A first class set, Jean-Noel, wonderful natural water movement. Carol
Joline Plus
14 30 57 United States
5 Nov 2011 11:32AM
Like you, I prefer seeing the power of the water. You have achieved this beautifully in all three.
5 Nov 2011 4:25PM
a fantastic shot of this beautifully waterfalls
moiral 10 12 Scotland
5 Nov 2011 6:14PM
Beautiful images JN. I too, like the water captured as you have here. What a sad story of your driver. Moira
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
14 Nov 2011 10:13PM
Another impressive set, I like the way you've captured the water cascading down

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