Sapa market has traditional economic activity in a very distinctive way, herein showing a diversity of trading items, especially local handicrafts. It is likewise the occasion of meeting-up for the young women and men to find their “true-love” from different ethnicities. In the same way, they visit the stalls and procure ornaments to prepare for late night activities.
When twilight comes, the market getting crowded over groups of the Mong, the Dao men and women. By night, the slight lights turning on slowly, young people stay still in market and partake in loveable activities like dating, folk dancing, playing flute and lips organ, all of the above activities are for expressing their love to each other. If they find out their soulmate, item that be hand-in-hand called “souvenir” as the evidence of their destiny and vow-be-made for the next meeting. This is one of the precious cultures still kept thorough long historical generations.
Sapa market comes to pass every Saturday and Sunday for goods exchange, and the dating likewise transpire by night.
Bac Ha Market
In the previous time, Bac Ha Market used to be taken place on the hill, it was transferred to flat and a segregation of stalls was set later on, therefore, the market had had a loss of original beauty. Bac Ha Market mainly trades goods from highlands, the necessities for ethnic minority such as plow, pike pole, shovel and knife, accompanying food counters selling, honey bee, fresh vegetables and fruit.
What most attracts the ethnic women and tourists is the brocades. Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics and made in colored silks. Herein, what strikes the tourists is the embroidered patterns, the enduring beauty of brocade. In other words, brocade is “kind” to everybody, brocade complements all wearers regardless of age or weight and it looks great for any occasion.
To highland men, this likely be an occasion to hangover with their fellows, a Thang Co pot and specialty liquor are destined for each other, there will be no missing moment when they have this set. Special liquor called “San Lung”- it means “Three Dragons”, the progress for alcohol making is complex due to its high level of cooking skill. People serve San Lung when it comes to big occasions like Heavens Pray, Lunar New Year and Wedding and to serve dear friends of theirs.
Muong Hum Market
Muong Hum market located at the low-lying of valley, there be stream around and surrounded by majestic mountains. The distinctive mark of Muong Hum market is the beauty of mountain and river that creating a big picture of Mother Nature. Tourists may not take their eyes off the stream for its peacefulness and refreshment. Such a sight of the crowds gather nearby the bank of the stream along with the horses that leaving a mark within tourists’ mind. This would be best option for tourists who have been looking for place to refresh their mind and to meditate after passing through stack of works in daily life.