Vietnam approves resort in northern highlands commune

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By Tran Ha Jun 19, 2022 | 11:45 p.m. PT

The villages of Y Ty are covered in white clouds, September 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Ngoc Thach

Authorities in northern Lao Cai province have approved planning for a 3,100-hectare city tourism complex in Y Ty commune, famous for its stunning rice terraces.

Under recently announced planning in which local authorities expect to transform the poverty-stricken commune into a tourist magnet, the urban complex consists of three main areas.

The first area along the mountain ranges at Y Ty would focus on the development of luxury resorts, golf courses and ethnic minority villages which would be seen as the backbone of the whole resort.

The second area located to the east of Y Ty is on the way to becoming a new urban center with modern tourist services.

The third area to the west would be used to preserve the unique cultural identity of Y Ty’s minority ethnic groups, mainly the Ha Nhi.

Provincial authorities are also prioritizing building a cable car system, launching pedestrian streets and planting trees to minimize environmental impacts.

It plans to welcome 1.2 million visitors each year.

Y Ty, 70 km from the more popular Sa Pa, is a highland commune in Bat Xat district with complex terrain, divided by high mountains where ethnic minorities like Mong, Dao, Giay and Ha Nhi survive thanks to to agriculture.

Y Ty is known for its beautiful rice terraces and as a popular cloud hunting spot.

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