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Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Northern Vietnam Post 4 “Round & About Ninh Binh”

Picture post from Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province Vietnam taken  January 2015

UNESCO World heritage site Tam Coc, Limestone outcrops proper name Karst  description,  Karst: a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone, dolomite and gypsum. Characterised by sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage systems.

The last in this 4 part post this one is a series focusing on Landscapes people as they go about their daily lives in and around around Tam Coc in the Ninh Binh  province of northern Vietnam. Often described as Ha-long Bay on land, in fact most of the limestone karsts rise up out crystal clear waters of the small local lakes and a meandering  2 kilometer stretch of the Ngo Dong river. I have spent 3 nights on a Halong Bay tour in 2013 and this was a very different experience but both worthwhile for different reasons. At the time of year we visited the the air hangs in a misty eerie adding to its magical ambiance. The town of Ninh Binh itself is of no great interest with little to see ort do so recommend you do as we did and stay in a shack by the side of one of the limestone karsts overlooking a small lake, magical. Nguyen Shack run by a Canadian and his Vietnamese wife its a wonderful place to stay, click this link for their homepage  Nguyen Shack

People & Landscape Ninh Binh 

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The people of Ninh Binh Vietnam a photographic essay by David Keegan 2015 (1)

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Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Northern Vietnam Post 3 “The Tofu Maker”

Picture post from Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province Vietnam taken  January 2015

Post  1 to3 in this series from Ninh Binh province in  Vietnam features the lives and work of some of the local people from the small garment factory, to the cottage industry tofu maker, to the block maker and the couple building a house from this local block. Unfortunately any of the limestone outcrop not listed as part of the UNESCO world heritage site is slowly being blown up, pulled down, ground to a powder and finally turned into bricks with a lifespan of only 15 years.  The Tofu maker is one of my favorite picture posts as it offers a glimpse into the process from ground bean to finished block of Tofu. This is hard and hot work carried out a t a relentless pace but offers nonetheless a good living for the family All offering a unique glimpse of some of the local industry and people behind it. Meanwhile in the garment factory conditions here are better than most and better than sweatshops around Asia but long days, sometimes 7 in a row when busy with order deadlines, are spent to earn a living.

The Tofu Maker

The Tofu maker Ninh Binh Vietnam a photgrapic essay by David Keegan 2015 (2)

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Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Northern Vietnam Post 2 “The Block Maker & House Builder”

Picture post from Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province Vietnam taken  January 2015

 The second in a  4 part post, this one The Block Maker & The House Builder, in and around around Tam Coc in the Ninh Binh  province of northern Vietnam. Often described as Ha-long Bay on land, in fact most of the limestone karsts rise up out crystal clear waters of the small local lakes and a meandering  2 kilometer stretch of the Ngo Dong river. I have spent 3 nights on a Halong Bay tour in 2013 and this was a very different experience but both worthwhile for different reasons. At the time of year we visited the the air hangs in a misty eerie adding to its magical ambiance. The town of Ninh Binh itself is of no great interest with little to see or do so recommend you do as we did and stay in a shack by the side of one of the limestone karsts overlooking a small lake, magical. Nguyen Shack run by a Canadian and his Vietnamese wife its a wonderful place to stay.

click this link for their homepage  Nguyen Shack

 

The Block Maker

This is hard heavy and hot work and these women will put in 12 hours shifts starting early morning and working 6, sometimes seven days a week, but in comparison to other forms of work it is outdoors and being very well paid allows them to provide a good living for their families.

The people of Ninh Binh Vietnam a photographic essay by David Keegan 2015 (15)

One of the block makers pictured in front of the drying stack of previously molded block

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The pulverized block and soil mix create a monotone and surreal landscape.

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The block making is carried out by the 2 women pictured. Here the woman in foreground takes a filled block mold to the stack for drying

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Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Northern Vietnam Post 1 “The Factory”

 

Picture post from Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province Vietnam taken  January 2015

 The first in a  4 part post, (this one The Factory) in and around around Tam Coc in the Ninh Binh  province of northern Vietnam. Often described as Ha-long Bay on land, in fact most of the limestone karsts rise up out crystal clear waters of the small local lakes and a meandering  2 kilometer stretch of the Ngo Dong river. I have spent 3 nights on a Halong Bay tour in 2013 and this was a very different experience but both worthwhile for different reasons. At the time of year we visited the the air hangs in a misty eerie adding to its magical ambiance. The town of Ninh Binh itself is of no great interest with little to see or do so recommend you do as we did and stay in a shack by the side of one of the limestone karsts overlooking a small lake, magical. Nguyen Shack run by a Canadian and his Vietnamese wife its a wonderful place to stay.

click this link for their homepage  Nguyen Shack

The Garment Factory

The people of Ninh Binh Vietnam a photographic essay by David Keegan 2015 (9)

Here the work is shared between your men and women working long hours, but conditions are considered good here although again the hours are long and often seven days in a row, it is still a far cry from many larger sweatshops seen throughout bigger town and cities in Asia

The people of Ninh Binh Vietnam a photographic essay by David Keegan 2015 (10)

The principle and overseer checks quality of  work on an order for work-wear. View beyond is of bike menders across the street.

The people of Ninh Binh Vietnam a photographic essay by David Keegan 2015 (11)

Creche for the working mums consists of a cardboard box. These kids will sit quietly and without fuss whilst their mothers work the machines. One can only wonder how many western kids in similar situation would be this well behaved?

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