Located in Can Cau Commune, Si Ma Cai District, Lao Cai Province; Can Cau market is about 100km to the Northeast of Lao Cai City, about 30km to the North of Bac Ha Town, Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province. Coming here, visitors have the opportunity to know about the vivid special market and to get to know more about the daily life activities of the mountainous area people as well.
From Lao Cai City, going along the 4D National highway, visitors will reach Phong Nien Commune, Bao Thang District, Lao Cai Province. Continuing the journey down the provincial road 153, through Bac Ha Town, visitors will come to Can Cau market.
From a distance, the scenery of Can Cau market is beautiful and spectacular. The market is right on the road 153 – the only red dirt road connecting Bac Ha Town with Si Ma Cai Border town; Surrounding the market, there are terraced fields with layer by layer, clinging to the mountainside. Seeing from the distance, the northwestern mountain is majestic and row and row…
Can Cau market is the market of Mong Hoa and Giay people but they follow the business style of the Dao people. The market is held on every Saturday, holidays and Lunar year event.
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Entering the fair market from the breaking dawn, each line of Mong Hoa and Giay people from villages, strolling to the market: walking, horse-riding with textile products, agricultural products and livestock, etc.
The market is divided into separate zones for all items. Items such as vegetables, herbs, spices, household utensils and colorful brocade products displaying the skillful talents of Mong womenare gathered in one area and displayed on plastic sheets on the ground. However, the most prominent feature is probably the area selling cattle and poultry since the Mong Hoa and Giay people are very fond of cattle, they wish to choose excellent breeds for agriculture. The atmosphere here is animated, the buyers, the sellers all scattered around for bargaining…
Besides, the area for traditional dishes of ethnic people is also quite lively. Blending in smoke rising from the sluggish cottages, there are countless different sounds: the loud rumble, the sound of clicking chopsticks, etc. Feeling the bustling atmosphere, visitors will have the urge to drop by, sit down and join the ethnic people to enjoy their cuisine. Of all the dishes here, the “thang co” is probably the most favorite of all people. This is a dish mixing all kinds of organs of some animals such as pig, cow, buffalo, etc.
Coming to Can Cau market, visitors not only have the opportunity to know about a colorful highland ethnic market but also have the chance to learn more about the daily life activities of highland people. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a number of national dishes and sip a glass of “Happy Water”- specialty of highland people here at the same time.
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