When spring is everywhere on this S-shaped strip of land, it is signalled by the warm sunshine. In Sapa there is still the chill of cool weather. It is called spring, but for Sapa during these days, tourists still have to wear warm clothing resistant to the chill breezes that would permeate into the flesh. But in spring it is not the chill that visitors remember,but the brilliant colors of Sapa’s flower gardens that warm the heart.
Another characteristic of Sapa is Sapa Love Market, a traditional aspect of the culture of ethnic Mongolia, the Dao in the Lao Cai highlands in particular, and the Northwest of our country generally, deriving from ancient times. Because of the remoteness of the villages, the regular market meets just once a week on Sunday morning. The night before (usually Saturday the 7th), young men and women in the remote villages come to the market to spend the night together, meet and let their emotions take over (usually blowing the leaves, Singing …) according to the traditional customs of these fascinating people.
After a night out in the market, many young couples become close friends and see each other again in the market. The following spring, many of them become partners for the remainder of their lives. Perhaps that is why poets in Lao Cai call it Sa Pa love market.