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SAPA: At the top of Vietnam Fansipan Mountain, throngs of giddy tourists wielding selfie sticks jostle for a photo op on the replica bvlgari ring b zero1 once remote peak in the Sapa region, famed for its breathtaking views across undulating rice terraces.
Getting to the top traditionally takes a two day trek but these days most visitors opt for a 20 minute ride by cable car instead the latest flashy tourist attraction imitation bulgari b zero ring to knock off bvlgari b zero1 ring rose gold heighten concerns over rapid development destroying Sapa natural beauty.
Known by some as the Tonkinese Alps, the former French outpost has seen a tourism boom in recent years with a new highway from the capital and hotels popping up.
more and more building (happens), then one day won have any more mountain, said guide Giang Thi Lang, from the Black Hmong ethnic group.
Vietnam tourism industry has taken off in recent years, especially among domestic visitors.
The country has also become a draw for foreign visitors turning their backs on better known Southeast Asian destinations such as Thailand Chiang Mai, seeking instead a road less travelled.
In Sapa town, where heaps of rubble mark hotel sites under construction, the number of rooms has surged from 2,500 in 2010 to 4,000 last year, according to official figures.
Visitor numbers have snowballed too, reaching around 700,000 last year, and revenues have more than tripled since 2010 to US$50mil (RM210mil).
Part of that growth is thanks to the cable car replica bvlgari b zero1 ring rose gold the longest of its kind in the world according to operators which opened in February with the capacity to ferry 2,000 people to the top of the mountain daily. good for Sapa when they can attract more tourists . and we have a big number of local people that can find jobs, said Nguyen Van Manh, deputy director of Sapa Tourist Information Center. But some locals tell a different story.
the cable car, there were more porters from the village with regular work, said Hmong trekking guide Ma A Tro from Fansipan summit, where he had just led a two day trip. with the cable car there, village residents no longer have jobs, mostly becoming freelance construction workers. AFP
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