A Plague on Paradise in China – Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a freelance writer and photographer from London who has lived in China for the past three years. He writes an article for Asia Times Online to alarm people to pay attention to the enviromental crisis at Yangshuo where “it has become popular with foreign backpackers.”

Eyeing the sweaty crowd shifting along West Street, sellers of fake clothing and jewelry tout their wares, as the noise of pumping techno, amusement arcades and tour-guide megaphones reaches a deafening crescendo. Baseball-capped tour groups surge down side streets through a miasma of exhaust fumes and decomposing sewage, searching for hotels and cheap eateries. This is Yangshuo, once described in the Lonely Planet guidebook as a “backpacker’s laid-back Mecca”….[Full Text]

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