HANOI TO MONGTSE
article of contraband at the Manhao custom-house, the dues are collected at Mongtse. The rock-salt comes down in small boats from the mines situated four or five days farther up the river.
Whilst at Manhao the market was held, which every week attracts the villagers of the surrounding country. The scene was one of great animation; and we were able to get a glance at many of the hill folk, with their different dresses and dialects, with whom we were later to come in contact.
Here was a Poula
woman, wearing, Chinese fashion, a mantle with green and red trimming; upon her forehead was bound a kerchief, studded Young HAu Ni Wa
with little silver knobs, and adorned on either side with cowries and red worsted tassels, behind which fell two lappets, embroidered horizontally with green and red. The same colours and dress are to be found among the nomads of "1 hibet. The Poula lady had a bronzed oval face, and small features, except the lower lip