Location: Sapa Market is in Sapa Town, Sapa
District, Lao Cai Province.
Characteristics: This market of the H’Mong and Red Dao minorities takes
place every Saturday night. The market is a place for trading and exchanging
local goods and products, as well as a meeting place for young people who seek
partners by singing love songs and playing pan-pipes and mouth organs.
When the sun goes down, the H’Mong and Red Dao boys and girls cluster together
in groups of five to ten. Looking and smiling at each other, they sit side by
side in the dim yellow light and sing and talk through the night. When they have
met their soul mate, they exchange gifts and make plans to see each other again
the following week. This cultural activity has a long history and is still
significant in the modern life of the minority people. The Sapa Market is an
attractive place for visitors who are keen on exploring traditional cultures.