One of unique cultural points in Lao Cai that attract tourists is markets. There are lot of markets such as : Sapa market , Coc Ly, Muong Hum, etc. Let’s know more about them :
1/ Muong Hum market
Muong Hum market is located in a small valley, adjacent to a clear stream, surrounded by mountains ridge of clouds. The weekend market on the Muong Hum stream is a meeting place for many ethnic groups: Ha Nhi, H’Mong, Hoa, Dzay, Red Dzao, etc.
On weekdays, people come here to admire the scenery of Muong Hum , while on the market, the most eye-catching scene is the stream at the market. By the stream, the horses, which is waiting for the owner in the market, have many color. Suspended bridges or stone bridges over the streams are always accompanied by horses.
2/ Sapa market
Sapa market is a unique cultural economic activity, this is the place where many kinds of goods and local products are exchanged and sold, as well as opportunities for highlanders to go to markets . This is also place where young men and women of ethnic groups dating meet, singing love affair to find a mate through the song of confession, through the flute, throat, .. Visitors want to explore the Sapa market just need to book Sapa 3 days 2 night tour , then you was able to enjoy it.
When the night falls, the prisoners blind under the light yellow ball, they sit together singing, chatting all night. If they found their love, they will give each other love-gifts and then meet again after meeting. This cultural activity has existed for centuries and is preserved now. Sapa market is a good place that attracts tourists to learn about ethnic cultures. Sa Pa market is held on weekdays, on Saturday, Sunday will be more than usual. H’Mong, Dao,.. go to the market to exchange goods, dating affection on Saturday’s evening every week.
3/ Bac Ha market
Previously, the Bac Ha market was on a gentle hill, then the market was built on concrete floor and divided into many sales area, so it has lost some pristine beauty. Bac Ha Market in Sapa is a place to sell all products of the uplands, the essential items for ethnic people: plows, hoes, shovels, knives of vegetables, fruits, honey.
There are lots of shops sells jewelery, skirts, dresses, brocade and even charming cloud sticks. Here, you can optionally choose brocade products, dazzling with colorful colors of dresses girls Mong ethnic minority, Red Dao. Foreign tourists often admire the hand-woven paintings with vivid motifs, harmonious and beautiful colors .
For highlanders, the market is also a place for a week they can meet and drink wine with the “Thang Co“. Specialty wine of the Mong village, is well known for its strong characteristics. The horse park is the place to attract lots of men, they come from remote villages, even people from the provinces of Bac Giang, Ha Tay …
4/ Coc Ly market
This market is held on Tuesday everyweek. Coc Ly market is a highland market in Bac Ha district. This is the meeting market, trading exchange of H’Mong , Dzao (Black Dzao ) and Nung ethic people. The market sells local produces, utensils brought from the bottom up . There are separate areas such as brocade, horse sale, mountainous areas
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