The large number of tourists not only causes inconvenience to the travelers themselves, but also harms the environment.
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, which is also part of the World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular destinations in the world. The sea is dotted with limestone islands covered in primeval forests, and many people visit it because of its famous turquoise waters. But it is precisely this great interest that can cause his loss.
The rapid development of Ha Long City, including the construction of cable cars, a theme park, luxury hotels and thousands of new homes, has severely damaged the ecosystem. In addition, the projects are far from finished. Last month, for example, massive construction running through the waters of the neighboring bay sparked much discontent among conservationists. But not only the constructions, but also the garbage covering the neighborhood is a big problem.
One consequence of all this is that the number of coral species that originally lived there, about 234, has now been cut in half.
The other is the disappointment of tourists. Among other things, travelers can explore the bay, which contains more than one thousand nine hundred islands, by flying boat. Many say they were expecting bluer, clearer water.
At the same time, there are optimists among the local population, for example one of the pilots is more optimistic about the future. As he said, in the past decade, much less plastic waste has entered the sea than before, which is very encouraging.
Something similar happened to the famous Gulf of Thailand, which eventually had to be closed, but the story seems to happily continue.
(source: PhysImages: Getty Images, Unsplash)
Environmental pollution Color | Ha Long Bay | Tourism | Vietnam
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