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The “lui” Market – Unique market only in Ha Giang

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The lui market is the busiest activity of ethnic people in Ha Giang every week

Instead of one market every 7 days, markets in remote areas will be held every 6 days, next week’s market day will be delayed one day compared to the previous week. There are only four such special “lui” market in Ha Giang Karst Plateau.

In Ha Giang, there are many markets that you can attend on most days of the week. The going to the market is very interesting because the market reflects most vividly and clearly the daily life of people in the highlands of Ha Giang province.

The markets last from 5am to 3 – 4 pm. People from the mountain villages go to markets in the eager atmosphere. From the early morning, you can see the shadow of people and horses in the distance. Many people ride motorcycles to the markets, many people take horses or walk, many people go to the market with their family, friends, or with their husbands and children.

The lui market is the busiest activity of ethnic people in Ha Giang every week
The “lui” market is the busiest activity of ethnic people in Ha Giang every week

Everyone wear the most beautiful dresses and sling behind everything. They bring to the market from chickens to pigs, from dresses, scarves to sharpened knives or bunches of vegetables picked in the garden. They exchange items brought to the market, take advantage of buying supplies. The children are allowed to play freely at the market. Many children play with their friends, other children look after the goods with their mothers, and many newly born children are also brought to the market. Screams and laughter of the children disturb the whole market.

Markets held on fixed days include: Ma Le Market held every Saturday morning. Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac markets held every Sunday morning.

The “lui” markets include Lung Phin, Sa Phin, Pho Bang and Pho Cao markets.

The “lui” market is held alternately once a week and next week’s market day is backed by one day compared to the previous week. For example, this week, the market is held on Sunday, the following week, the market will be held on Saturday, and turn on Friday, Thursday … for the next weeks.

The happy day of adults and children
The happy day of adults and children

If based on the “lui” market calculation, it is difficult to determine the exact date of the market because of the high deviation. However, there is another way for you to go to the market on the right day and this is also the way of calculating of these upland ethnic people. Although it is called a “lui” market, it is exactly the market is held every 6 days instead of every 7 days like other markets.

The schedule of “lui” markets that are only available in the highlands of Ha Giang province as follows

Lung Phin market: Tiger Day – Monkey Day.
Sa Phin market: Snake Day – Pig Day.
Pho Bang market: Rat Day – Horse Day.
Pho Cao market: Dragon Day- Dog Day.

The market is disbanded at noon. The baskets fill with essential goods, the horses slowly carry goods to home, followed by a drunken husband and a quiet wife. The market is simple as the life of the ethnic people in the highlands, a place located at the top of country.

|Read more: Ha Giang Complete Travel Guide

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