Environmental Changes In Sapa

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Sapa is a famous town that surrounded by vertical rice terraces, mountain peaks, and waterfalls. The common transportation in Sapa are trains, cars, buses, and motorbikes. This region has not faced a mass amount of deforestation of trees or fields for the construction of buildings, hotels or houses. People visit this area because of the untouched natural beauty. However, nowadays, tourism has forced Sapa to be developed to adapt the tourism culture by changing their environment. There are few main points that represent the environmental changes in Sapa after tourism is becoming stronger.

a)Highways Are Built
Due to tourism has spiraled out of control nowadays, the Sapa has changed. They have started to launch highways from years ago. For example,
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Because of the highways, there are more people willing to travel to Sapa as the transportation has become easier. Thus, it has successfully attracted the tourists no matter from Vietnam or other countries.

However, the highways occur also caused air and sound pollution in Sapa as the roads are choked with beeping taxis and industrial vehicles. Dust and smoke, potholes and noise are everywhere until the pure mountain air was filled with exhaust fumes. As vehicles run too fast and kick dust, walkers have to hold their noses with their hands when they are walking beside the roads. This will not only lower the living standard of Sapa’s residents but also their health will be threatened too. On the others hand, the natural beauty of Sapa will be ruined as well.

b)Cable Cars Are Built on Mountains
On the 2nd November 2013, the Sun Group has broken ground for the construction of an aerial tramway connecting Sa Pa and Fansipan (The root of Indochina) the tallest peak in Indochina. In the Asia, this tramway will be the first which is the longest and highest at 6,200 meters long and 3,000 meters high. It only needs 15 minutes to reach the peak instead of using two days and nights by climbing up the Fansipan. According to The Sun Group, each cable car will able to carry up to 35 passengers and the system will able to serve up to 2,000 passengers per hour. Finally, it is officially launched
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As Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon (Saigon Times) saying: “If cable car system is operated, I believe that no one is willing to climbing up the peak as it is the only unique way to experience Fansipan.” It will cause the tourists neglected the beauty of Sapa Fansipan as they are come for enjoying the nature and not for knowing about the most ‘modern' and ‘biggest' issues.

Secondly, the authenticity of the area was ruined even the Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai initially instructed the company to keep each grass blade and tree trunk in place during constructing and operations. Some trees and plants are necessary to be cut down for preventing the vision of tourists in the cable car to be blocked. Thus, the most beautiful natural landscapes will no longer be so natural after the tramway is done.

c) Construction of buildings has Caused environment pollution (land, sound, air,

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