The higher we climbed, the more junk we saw Editor’s note: M. Phuong details her disappointment at the inescapable amount of liter covering Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, where she spent a recent public holiday trekking, in this piece submitted to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. During the recent holiday, I went with a group of friends to Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province. We chose to take the path through the mountain’s namesake temple to conquer the 986-meter summit, southern Vietnam’s highest. Our group was extremely excited leading up to the trip – it had been such a long time since any of us had had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in nature. However, as birds sang along Ba Den’s cliffs, trails, trees, and bamboo, we couldn’t help but be annoyed by the unavoidable piles of garbage we waded through on the path and the hundreds of plastic bottles scattered throughout the grass adjacent to the trail. I did not believe several of my friends who warned me before the trip of how terrible the road to the peak of Ba Den would be, but when I saw it with my own two eyes, I was in utter shock!… Read full this story
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