Visiting Lao Cai in April is a time when the visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and experience with many specialties of this high mountain areas. Among the outstanding dishes have to mention that kohlrabi vegetable which is a vegetable only in Sapa, Lao Cai province.
Besides enjoy special dishes mentioned above, you also have more choices to buy gifts for loved ones.
The first to mention is the brocade, one of the products associated with traditional cultural life of the ethnics such as Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, etc.
Visitors can buy at the stores, in the markets or in the streets by the ethnic sold in Sapa and Bac Ha. With a variety of items such as bags, backrest pillow, brocade paintings, the ethnic costumes.
There are some tips to be able to buy genuine brocade. With the panels are stitched slightly rough, colors was harmoniously blended and slightly dark, which are products embroidered and stitched entirely by hand. Industrial brocade panels embroidered by machine have brilliant color, the equally stitch and less motifs style.
This season is also the time forest mushrooms flourish, after every the rain, the mushrooms springing up dense. Visiting to Y Ty, Nam Pung in Bat Xat, you will have the opportunity to buy black forest mushrooms are harvested in the jungle as a gift for the relatives.
Leaving Bat Xat to Bac Ha, you will be bought Ban Lien tea which is a kind of specialty of Lao Cai. Especially at the end of spring and early the summer, after a long winter, the first batch of spring tea will be delicious tea than other seasons of the year.
There are many other gifts that you can buy such as corn wine, rice wine, condense artichoke mixtures and Chinese tradictional medicine, etc.
Visiting Lao Cai in different seasons will have own specialty that can not find in elsewhere . With the specialties of the mountains are guaranteed quality, make sure that you will not feel disappointed.