Bac Ha – a concave town is wrapped by a floating white cloud mountain. Sunny brightens crowded markets with buyers and sellers. It’s where crystallization, interference cultural identity of many ethnic groups living together, Lung Phinh market attracts visitors by the originality, uniqueness reflected in the way of daily living such as food, clothing to language, customs and habits, festivals. Lung Phinh market is the place where the exchange activities, cultural performances take place most powerful and vivid.
Lung Phinh Market is located on the southwest, 10km from Bac Ha town and 100m from commune office of Lung Phinh on only avenues of connection with Bac Ha town and the town of Si Ma Cai borderland. Market is 80m below to surface, on the left of the main road, rectangular campus in width 3.200m2 for exchanging, buying and selling the essence produces of the multi-ethnic land.
The meeting time of market is every Sunday. On weekdays the market is quiet atmosphere like in the middle of the Samu field in winter sleeping a long time without someone to wake up. Far away the sounds of baby cry echoing mountains. Flickering some houses setting on fires, the smoke spiraling up kitchen, rolling into the vesting air and then disappear without a sound. Time is gently drifting and then Saturday afternoon there are people scattered from far away lands, from all directions to come here to sleep overnight. Serenity is gradually pushed back. Cock-crow gives the signal that Sunday has just coming. People from the villages get down the mountain, they go when the sky is still in darkness to see the dawn at the familiar marketplace. Girls, boys fond wearing on the most beautiful costumes bring along the essence, unique products of their nation. This is a charming Hmong girl in the beautiful dress, that is gentle Tay girl dressing on dyed indigo gown…
Lung Phinh on plum season, visitors will be lost in the plum forests laden with fruits. Plums are grown on hillsides, growing tightly on narrow lands between the mountains and even in the garden. All Lung Phinh market is brilliant, fragrant for ripen plum.
Coming to Lung Phinh market on Sunday is coming to the festival, the meeting place of love couples. For old people, they go to the market to exchange goods, trafficking, to talk about his business besides Thang Co pan or wine tray. With young men and women, market is the sentimental space, to give each other the confidences, words of love, dating. The girls Hmong, Dao ... to the market with dazzling color pattern dresses still smelling the scent of indigo. The boys then take along with the flute, trumpet or lip trumpet and lyrical folk, prove his talent and love for the audience to learn. They go to the market to play, find friends not bother to purchase or not. The money is obtained through the fair, the boys use immediately at the girl acquainted parties besides Thang Co pan with warm bowl of corn liquor.
When the sun has fallen down the mountain, the boys are groggy by alcohol, girls with pink cheeks. Then the fun on wine tray pause for the trumpet, flute, lip trumpet sounds. The fair ends, boys and girls are attached to farewell to wait until next fair.