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Tourism boom threatens Vietnam's 'Tonkinese Alps'

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A cable car passes over rice terraces and mountains between the top of Fansipan Mountain and the northern Sapa tourist town. Visitor numbers have snowballed in Sapa, reaching around 700,000 last year.

Sapa, Vietnam

AT THE top of Vietnam's Fansipan Mountain, throngs of giddy tourists wielding selfie sticks jostle for a photo op on the once-remote peak in the Sapa region, famed for its breathtaking views across undulating rice terraces.

Getting to the top traditionally takes a two

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