‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

By Gia Chinh, Giang Huy   November 20, 2021 | 05:35 am GMT-8
Sa Pa, a popular tourist town in northern Lao Cai Province, is organizing a series of cultural events, including its unique ‘Love Market’ to reboot post-pandemic tourism.
‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

Ethnic minority representatives from Lao Cai demonstrate brocade weaving techniques as part of a series of tourism and cultural festivals taking place from Nov. 19-22 to boost local tourism, hard-hit by the pandemic.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

Tourists pose for a group photo in front of Sa Pa Stone Church in the heart of town.

Covering 6,000 square meters, the cross-shaped church was built in 1895 by French missionaries. The stones of the church are cemented with a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. Its colored glass windows depict the life of Jesus.

Provincial authorities expect to welcome 5,000 to 10,000 domestic visitors to Sa Pa during the event.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

One of the highlights is the colorful ‘Love Market’, a distinctive cultural trait of the Hmong and Dao ethnic minorities, where young men and women dress in vividly colorful traditional clothing and exchange messages of love and endearment via dances, panpipe playing, songs, and traditional games.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

Brocade in Sa Pa is traditionally made of cotton and flax yarn materials found in the forest. Its patterns are typically dyed with natural colors. Brocade patterns often follow specific ethnic traditions.

Brocade weaving is preserved and inherited through the skillful hands of local craftswomen.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

Tourists can try thang co, a Hmong speciality made of horse meat. This dish means "a big pot of water" in Hmong.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

A booth displays corn wine, a unique specialty of the northern mountains, and available for purchase.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

Visitors to Lao Cai are required to submit medical declarations at various checkpoints and Covid test result should they plan to attend a festive event.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

Functional forces constantly remind local residents and tourists to comply with pandemic prevention measures and limit gathering in crowds.

‘Love Market’ to reignite Sa Pa tourism

Five-star Hotel de la Coupole – Mgallery in downtown Sa Pa is shrouded in thick clouds.

Sa Pa is a top travel destination in Vietnam with major attractions like Mount Fansipan, nicknamed the "Roof of Indochina", rice terraces, and Muong Hoa Valley.

 
 
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