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Kai's comment under the article sums it up. Short term gain.
There was a thread on the forum about this when the project was first announced.
Since then, Fansipan has been closed to visitors and a large tract of important natural habitats has been destroyed.
As stated in the article, the aim is to attract thousands of Chinese visitors, undoubtedly of the type whose sole concern is to play golf, gamble (the construction of a casino is part of the project), drink whisky and do a spot of no-effort sightseeing.
With the considerable profits they will generate (although not for the vast majority of local people), no investor nor official whose palm has been greased is likely to give a damn about ruining a stunning natural environment.
This is so sad. But then here in Australia a wealthy country they are in the process of ruining the Great Barrier Reef with coal mine expansion.Power and greed is a terrible thing.
Why would they treat Sa Pa differently from the rest of the country? It is theirs to do with as they like.
The Western countries have been through similar pains growing up and spent fortunes dealing with repairs. It just goes to prove that it is so difficult to learn from others' mistakes, especially when there is no check and balance mechanism in place.Edited: 08 August 2014, 12:43
It's very easy for us in the west to say no you cant do that, but without having explained first that we have done the same thing and learned that it is wrong and often counter-productive, we just look like selfish westerners who want to keep the underdeveloped countries as play things for us.
We can only hope for a failed enterprise, and the world moves away from this type of Disneyland.
Also the coast line in California and Florida used to have very little development on the seaside.
Now, you can't see any blue for miles and miles.
Wise words. It is so easy for us living in relative comfort and wealth to say what should or shouldn't be done and forget that we too exploited (and may still be exploiting) our own resources. Each country/culture has their own set of growing pains.
My trekking guide spoke to us about this development. I had no idea it was going to include a whole resort concept. He was excited about the changes though because it would mean more business. There aren't a whole lot of people who are interested in making the trek up Mt Fansipan compared to the numbers who would be willing to take a lift.
Previous to being a trekking guide he, like many others, was farming. And being a guide has been so much easier and fun. Environmental consequences aren't high on the list of priorities compared to getting out of basic survival living. I can understand the motivation but it is a sad thing this is happening.
Man will continue to ruin his environment until there's nothing left, and that's why we're seriously looking at space development. We've screwed things up so much in the USA and UK, that the really smart people are leaving for greener pastures.
Hey daawgon have you read Ben Elton's Stark?
Agree Bowen but you're assuming the authorities are interested in learning from experienced foreigners. They aren't. They genuinely believe they have nothing to learn from other countries - Vietnam fought off the Chinese, the French and the Americans, why should it take advice from them now on how to run their country? Their country is "the best", so why would they have anything to learn from other "inferior" countries?
You need to get the thought out of your mind that Vietnam's rulers are interested in creating a long-term sustainable tourism industry with diverse destinations and products. They aren't. They know their time in charge is limited and so they're filling their pockets from deals like this one while they can.