BAC HA MARKET
Bac Ha market is
well-known for its naturally sub-tropical scenery. Tam Hoa plums are really
a local specialty: sweet and fresh. This seems to be created by its own
land, people and nature.
Average temperature here is 19°C and it's not so cold as in Sa Pa. Bac Ha is
specifically identified by each mount, each house and naturally-made carpet
of white plum-flowers in spring. There are 14 ethnic minorities and the Mong
ethnics count for 47% then the Dao, Tay, Nung, Phu La... Mountaineers take
care of their horses as their properties, means of transport and close
Besides plums, Bac Ha is reputed for its alcohol (made of maize). Maize is
grown on high mountains, its low in productivity but high in nutrition. To
make alcohol, it's fermented with Hong My seed (the local only plant). Bac
Ha alcohol is well-known due to its source of water. So it's surely believed
never to have faulted one in Bac Ha market. Visitors can see the locals
selling their own alcohol without feelings to be cheated.
for sales in the market or in shops or by street-vendors. There are
hand-made or manufactured products. It takes a village-girl even half a
month to make a brocade of 20cm long. Their skirts or costumes cost them
long time to make. Their dresses express their patience, skills. Visitors
can see the girls making brocades right in the market.
Traditional values and identities are well-maintained in the market. Such
markets as Bac Ha, Coc Ly have really become rendezvous for visitors at home
and abroad. There is almost no bargaining or competition here. Sales girls
look quite naive, sincere. They go to the market mainly to meet people and
exchange funs. Especially, there is a horse market in town-centre, each
market-day there are almost 100 - 200 horses for sales or exchange.
Mong or Tay or Dao ethnics’ minority girls and boys, with their best dresses
on, go to the market to relax and meet their friends. At sunset, they leave
with a promise to see again.
Visitors to Bac Ha are opportune to understand the local traditions and
customs, taste local specialties, meet nice people and know a land
code-named: white plateau.