Department of Railways,
Text on page 150
54 Route 12. HANOI TO YUN-NAN.
* DA ng-anh (21 km.) is on a fine road, available for automobiles, which extends from Hanoi to Cao-bang, via Thai-nguyA n and Bac-kan. Tourists going to those places should alight at DA ng-anh and hire either carriages or rikishas for the journey, or else avail themselves of the stated automobile service to Bac-kan.
DA ng-anha Bac-kan Automobile Service :a
DA ng-anh to Distance Time in Transit Fare, single Fare, return
km. hrs. $ A
Thai-nguyA n 52 2 8.00 12.00
Cho-moi ...... 100 15.50 23.25
Bac-kan ...... 141 6% 23.Q0 34-5A
Automobiles leave DA ng-anh for Thai-nguyA na daily at 7.45 a.m. (connecting with the 1st train from Hanoi). a leave Thai-nguyA n for DA ng-anha daily at 1.30 p.m. (connecting
at DA ng-anh with the last train to Hanoi). a leave Thai-nguyA n for Bac-kana at 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. ,, leave Bac-kan for Thai-nguyA na at 6 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Return tickets are available,a for 5 days for 300 km. or less, and for 10 days for more than 100 km.
Thal-nouyA n (52 km. from DA ng-anh), situated on the right bank of the Song-cA u, is the capital of the province of the same name. Though a very important centre even before, the town is now growing fast, as a centre of mining industry, owing chiefly to the opening of a good road. HA tel Viile-franque is the only hotel at this place ; those intending to stop overnight should notify the hotel previously by telegram. AllA(c)ac is a transportation agent, from whom may be hired carriages, rikishas, and saddle horses.
Cho-moi (100 km. from DA ng-anh) is an important market town, having a fair every five days, when merchants gather there from all over the neighbourhood. The merchandise handled includes rice, maize, rubber, etc.
Bncokan (141 km. from DA ng-anh), also the provincial capital, is in Haut Tonkin, so-called in contradistinction to the low delta regions, and commands a beautiful view. The market is opened every five days and always presents a busy scene of traffic.
HA tel Niolle,a where provisions may be purchased for travel in the interior.
From here it is 130 km. of good road to Cao-bang. (see P. 159). Thap-miA(c)u (39 km.) is near Phuc-yen, the capital of a new province of the same name.
Huong-canb (47.5 km.) is known on account of its product of earthenware pots, used universally among the natives. The neighbourhood abounds in game and is much resorted to by Europeans.
Vinh-yA n (534 km., in about 2 hrs.) is a garrison town and contains some government offices. To the N. and at a distance of about 14 km. are the mountains of Tam-dao, from out of which there tower the three well-known peaks of Phu-nghia, Thach-ban, Thien-thi (the three together being known as the Trident), named in order from the N. Immediately to the N. of the town is the DA(c)fert plateau, and to the S., a high plateau, known as the Cascade d' Argent, a favourite summer resort.
Cascade d'Argent (76 km.) is the name given to a high plateau in the midst of the Tam-dao mountains, the place being 22 km. (in