Located in the high mountains and about 76 km from Lao Cai city, visitors to Bac Ha will have to go through the folded folding mountain pass, the higher the steep slope – typical North West terrain. Along the way, every few kilometers, the Hmong and Dao ethnic minority people can be seen in their colorful costumes, carried on their back, walking, riding buffaloes to the mountains for sale. At times, some motorbikes carry people, the goods rushed to time to time.
Many are known as the highest market of Lao Cai which open every Sunday morning, gathering merchants from the peoples around the Bac Ha exchange, but Bac Ha is more famous for its primitive nature. The market was built on concrete, no longer on a gentle hill but commercial retains many traditional features. Here you can find anything that is necessary for the life of the people from the hoes, shovels to brocade or even the buffalo, is divided into small markets to find.
The largest market of Bac Ha district is the most reserved area for brocade products of ethnic minority people. From outside the entrance gathered many large stalls selling bags, wallets, colorful handkerchiefs. Deep in the market, the rows of skirts, colorful hat on the ground, hung up high. Handmade embroideries have been lost for months to years to complete the product, depending on size, difficulty. Be careful to choose the right ethnic handicraft products, instead of Chinese goods sold.
In addition to cloth clothes, people also bring buffalo to market to sell. A large area of land for hundreds of people to buy and sell, buffalo market is always the most busy place Bac Ha market. Here have all, white buffalo, black buffalo, male, female, big, small. Buffalo prices vary depending on the purpose of use, purchase to plow or take meat. The process of hatching buffalo is quite strict, almost only the participation of men. Many people bring the buffalo to climb to the market and then brought back only because the whole event does not catch the eye of the buyer.
Under the buffalo market is area selling “dogs” of the HMong, Dao. Here the puppies are sold to the big dog with many colors, like dogs with short tail, long tail. Price per little dog from a few hundred thousand to a million dong. Many people wade from downstream to the market to choose their own Bac Ha’s puppies, famous as loyal