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Hustle life in Quang Ninh late 20th century

10:30 | 21/04/2020

A rare series of photos vividly portraying daily life in Quang Ninh, northern Vietnam in 1994-1995 taken by French correspondent Bruno Barbey of Magnum news agency has been revealed.

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Quang Ninh, some 150 km to the Northeast of Hanoi, is home to the world-famous heritage Ha Long Bay. The province is also acclaimed for having the largest coal reserve in Vietnam.

With a diverse topographic, from sea, islands, plains, midlands, hills, to borders, Quang Ninh is considered a miniature Vietnam. It has long ingrained in the mind of many Vietnamese and foreigners as a picturesque destination, boasting majestic mountain ranges, a 250-km-long coastline, and nearly 2,000 islands.

The French photographer Bruno had, during his business trip in 1994-1995, spent time in Quang Ninh capturing rare photos of the day-to-day life in here. To date, a lot of places in his photos have become world-famous landscapes such as Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay.

Let’s admire Bruno’s artwork to feel the hustle and bustle life of Quang Ninh some 25 years ago.

hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
Father and sons on a fishing boat amid the prisoner beauty of Ha Long Bay, 1994 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
View from inside Hon Trong cave, Ha Long, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
Cua Van fishing village in Ha Long Bay, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
A group of women selling and buying seafood in Cua Van fishing market, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
A motorbike rental facility for tourism run by Korean company in Hon Gai, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
A newly-built high-rise at Bai Chay seaside, 1994 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
Citizens collecting scrap coal at Cam Pha coal mine's dump site, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
(Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
China-imported goods at Mong Cai border market, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century

Cuu Van residents transporting cargos from China to Mong Cai by bicycle, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)

hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
One retailer in Mong Cai counting money, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
Two street vendors chit-chatting at Ka Long riverside, Mong Cai, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
Cross-border cargo transportation in Mong Cai's Ka Long river, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
Tra Co cathedral, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
hustle life in quang ninh late 20th century
Inside Van Linh temple, Tra Co, 1995 (Photo courtesy of Bruno Barbey)
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