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Vietnam's rural 'love market'

Love in the time of tourists: courtship changes in remote Vietnam

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SAPA, VIETNAM - Dating is never easy but finding the perfect partner when you live in a tiny, remote village in the Vietnamese mountains is almost impossible. The solution? A love market. 

Traditional Hmong musician Giang A Vang, left, and his wife Vang Thi Xo perform a love dance in the northwestern mountainous town of Sapa. For generations, young people from the patchwork of ethnic minority groups in northern Vietnam have gone to the local town of Sapa on a Saturday night to find their future spouse. Vang, 50, said he first visited the "love market" three decades ago, and for the next few weeks he came back to meet his sweetheart Vang Thi Xo and play music together as part of a Hmong courtship ritual — him on a traditional violin and she playing a leaf. (AFP photo)

For generations, young people from the patchwork of ethnic minority groups in northern Vietnam have gone to the local town of Sapa on a Saturday night to find their future spouse.

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