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Fansipan covered in blanket of snow

Fansipan Mountain in Lao Cai Province has been blanketed in snow over the last few days as temperatures plummeted in the north of Việt Nam.

Up to 50cm of snow fell from February 8 to 9 on top of Fansipan Mountain in Sa Pa town.

According to, over the next five days the temperature will range between -6 to 4 degrees Celsius, with a possibility of daily snowfall. The snowy weather is expected to last until the third day of Tet 2021, or February 14.

The National Centre for Hydro - Meteorological Forecasting said: “The sight of snow this thick is quite rare in Vietnam. When the temperature near the ground is below 0 degrees Celsius, the ice crystals in the cloud combine to form snowflakes and those heavy enough will fall.

"Because of the low surface temperature, the snow flakes still keep their shape and don’t melt. Together they form snowfall.”

Fansipan cable cars are open throughout Tet to welcome visitors.