More than 100 years ago in Hagiang, there was a Hmong family named Vuong family with the leader named Vuong Chinh Duc – who is smart and talent can dominate the whole big high land and called himself a king. Same as in Northwest has Thai King – Deo Van Long, Northeast of Lao Cai has Hmong King – Hoang A Tuong, Northeast of Hagiang and Bao Lac has Vuong Chinh Duc, then his son Vuong Chi Sinh. Hmong people used to call him Hmong King (who governed 4 districts: Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, Dong Van) with the strength and power, Hmong King became quickly rich for growing, processing, producing poppies into opium and dealing opium. Sa Phin was the middle point of opium from the Golden Triangle region of Myanmar Yunnan China to Indochina.
To confirm his role and authorithy, Hmong King built a palace according to ancient Chinese architecture including hundreds of apartment with many different supporting works to be outstanding the regal power of highland. After first Hmong King Vuong Chinh Duc died, his second son was Vuong Chi Sinh (Hmong King II) succeed and continued the career of the Vuong family. When the Japaness army fought French army, French army run into the Hmong area, cooperated with Hmong people to fight Japanese army. The army of Hmong King under the command of Vuong chi Sinh killed a infantry and cavalry team of Japan. After that glorious victory, seeing the important role of Hmong Kings, Ho Chi Minh sent the officials to come and discuss with them about fight Japanese and Chinese armies.
After the success of the August Revolution, President Ho Chi Minh invited Vuonng Chi Sinh to take part in the first parliament. From highland Dong Van, Vuong Chi Sinh rode his horse to Hanoi. In that meeting, Ho Chi Minh gave a new name for Hmong King: Vuong Chi Thanh – same name with Ho Chi Minh. They treated and considered each other as brothers – sworn brothers. Ho Chi Minh also gave Vuong Chi Sinh a sword as a gift, and on the scabbard are 8 words, each side is carved with 4 words means: “Being loyal to the country, refusing to be slave”.
Vuong Chi Sinh (1886 – 1962) was the second child of Vuong Chinh Duc, he joined Vietnamese revolution and became sworn brothers with Ho Chi Minh. He used to participated in the first and second parliament.
Hoang Ai – hagianglocals.com