Market Days In Ha Giang
You cannot truly experience life in Ha Giang without experiencing one of
the region's remarkable market days. Market days have been an important
and integral part of the Ha Giang way-of-life for many decades. The
different ethnic groups all around the wide expanse of Ha Giang remain
remote from each other, and market days gives them the opportunity to
gather together to exchange goods and services, to share in each other's
cultures or perhaps just to chat and see old friends. It's an
opportunity to both share and show off a little.
When the ethnic people attend one of the Ha Giang market days, they do not necessarily go to trade. They may just wish to meet and treat each other to local delicacies such as thang co (a traditional dish made from the untreated internal organs of a cow) or maize wine.
In the Ha Giang villages, market days are organised on specific days (usually Sunday) or on a principle known as "chợ lùi" or "short week". This means that if the market is opened on a Sunday, it will be opened on a Saturday the following week, and the Friday the week after, and so on.
Traditional Ha Giang local markets are places to trade and to buy. Many locals will bring their specialities with them, such as maize, medicinal herbs, fruits, corn liquor, soybeans, clothing and jewellery. For the traveller to the Ha Giang region, it's a magical experience full of colours, tastes and odours where you can pick up a wonderful souvenir that'll remind you of your trip once you've returned home. There are currently around 40 such markets on the Dong Van rock plateau alone.
To experience a Ha Giang market day as part of one of our Ha Giang tours, contact Ha Giang Hiking Tours at firstname.lastname@example.org
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