Thanks to the wide diversity of wood species and to the carpenters and
joinersâ€™ know-how, the houses, furniture and all the wooden objects are
still made locally. One of the most famous wood species in the Lao Cai
area is peumou (Fokienia Hodginsii), a species of slow-growing cypress
whose wood is rot-proof. Chinese buyers have been paying a heavy price
for it for over a century.