Phongsaly City is the capital of the province. It sits at 1,430 meters (4,691.6 feet) above sea level on the slope of Mount Phou Fa (“Heavenly Mountain”), which is 1,625 meters or 5,331.3 feet above sea level. Though fairly cool in winter (between 10-18 C), it is pleasant in summer (25-30 C).
The majority of Phongsaly people raise crops and livestock. The most common seasonal crops include rice, corn, cassava, sugar cane, groundnut and sesame. Permanent crops widely grown in the province are bananas, cardamom, mangoes, rubber trees, and tea. A 400-year-old tea plantation located in Koma Village, less than 20 km from Phongsaly City, is home to some of the oldest tea trees in the world. With some trees 6 meters in height and their roots digging deep into the mineral-rich soil, Phongsaly is famous for its exquisite tea.
There are a few foreign direct investments operating in Phongsaly, most of which are understandably Chinese. The top three investment sectors are agroforestry, hydropower, and mining.
The hard-working people of Phongsaly are hospitable. The local government is honored to extend an open invitation to domestic and foreign business people to explore potential environmentally and socially sustainable investments in the beautiful province, where ancient Yunnan architecture has been spared from the Vietnam War.
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