Y Ty, a foggy and mountainous commune in Lao Cai Province, 2,000 metres above sea level, is an ideal place for dating.
Y Ty is greatly attractive for boasting three different kinds of weather at the same time, foggy, sunny and clear.
The days in Y Ty, located in Bat Xat District, seem to be shorter during this season. The communal centre market looks tinny amid thick forests that surround it, and is often covered with thick fog.
The fog sets for a soft, cloud-like atmosphere. In fact, it is sometimes so thick that the local people, called the Ha Nhi, have got used to locating each other by their voices.
However, just few minutes of walking around the old forests of Nhiu Co San, and one might suddenly find sunshine. All of this, along with the mild weather of the season, has attracted many couples for a romantic get-away this year.
On Valentine's Day, more and more young couples from Muong Hum, which is 40 kilometres from Y Ty, come for a special memory.
Nearby, Then Pa looks charming with clear and vast sky.
Foggy market in the centre of the commune
Y Ty market is open on Sunday mornings
The sun behind the market
Thick fog in Lao Chai Hamlet
Finding acquaintances in foggy weather
The sun appears in nearby Lao Chai
An overview to Lao Chai
A view towards Y Ty from Nhiu Co San
Wildflowers along the road
A Ha Nhi ethnic couple
Muong Hum boy on a date with a Lao Chai girl in Nhiu Co San
Ha Nhi young people enjoy a bit of free time
Love in the air
Nhiu Co San Mountain engulfed in clouds