Hanoi’s West Lake in a mess after authorities axe boat services

By Pham Du   March 6, 2017 | 12:46 am PT
Rubbish and foul mudflats are causing trouble for residents living near Hanoi's biggest lake.

From February 23, the district authorities began moving in to shut down a dock and floating restaurants on the West Lake as part of a campaign to stop the services at Hanoi's largest lake and a popular tourist site. 


After over a week of coercion, dirty mudflats are left where the boat services used to base.


A contaminated area at the lake gives off unpleasant smell. A resident said the problem has been in place for a long time but which hasn’t been treated by the authority.


Rubbish floats around a sewage outlet behind a floating restaurant...


…or gather on top of an abandoned house beside the lake.


A mudbath is completely overgrown with weeds.


Apart from removing the floating restaurant services, the authority should also conduct proper clean-up activities to make the lake a better tourist attraction in Hanoi.

Photos by VnExpress/Pham Du

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