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March 24, 2012

Dong Van & Meo Vac ethnic markets

Markets in the region of Ha Giang are famous for their picturesque and colorful sides and the fact that they are frequented by ethnic minorities in the region. In Dong Van to Meo Vac as, visitors will be dazzled by the colorful traditional costumes of the mountain. Most of the customs of local ethnic groups have remained unchanged for centuries.


The village of Dong Van is nestled in the heart of Dong Van Plateau Rocky. The original architecture of the houses is: floor paved with stones, mud wall and tiled roof double. The market area is a neighborhood lined with houses that have sometimes 200 years ... This is the old quarter of Dong Van.


Early, Hmong men and women, accompanied by horses loaded with goods, down from the high ridges. They sell their produce and buy. Women take care of business while the men maintain their relationships. Negotiations are well underway as the market is empty, they congregate and fill the atmosphere of harmonious sounds of their khenes. Or, they feast on "thang co", the favorite dish of the mountain, while drinking until heaven and earth seem to merge them. Then, slowly, their women are loading on the backs of horses they follow with a light step on the way home.



To get from Dong Van to Meo Vac, it must pass through the top of Ma Pi Leng. Since the summit, weather permitting, you can enjoy an incredible view.
In this country, the rice fields are planted in terraces of remarkable beauty: when the grain is ripe rice takes a golden color making the scenery even more beautiful and mysterious!

Meo Vac is also located on the rocky plateau of Dong Van, but at an altitude above 1000m, the village of Meo Vac is the border between Dong Van district of Ha Giang and Bao Lam district of the province of Cao Bang. Meo Vac is inhabited by various ethnic minorities including the H'mong, Tay, Dao ...


This market is held only on Sunday morning. Buyers will find fabrics including linen, tinted with indigo, for sale. They used to make the traditional outfits. This is especially raw fabrics, without embroidery. Minority women in Meo Vac are not the most colorful. They usually wear a dark skirt, a blouse and a scarf tied in different ways, depending on ethnicity. This is their main splash of color.

The men, meanwhile, are dressed in black and some still wear the beret, remember the French occupation.

To date, Dong Van and Meo Vac are little visited by tourists (because of the distance between Hanoi this Northern Plateau) and mainly attract travelers and photographers who want to experience adventure and exotic landscapes and authentic.

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