Deep in a forest in the center Vietnam There is a natural landscape that, because of its splendor and beauty, is considered The eighth wonder of the world. It is an almost unexplored underground cave that opens into a mountain fissure and has its own climate system, forest ecosystem, lakes and altitude that can be reached in some sections. 200 meters.
The location is known Son Doong, It translates as “Mountain River Cave”. It is a veritable underground kingdom, almost nine kilometers long, and is the largest cave system in the world. This eighth wonder is located in the Vietnamese Phong Na-Ke Phang National Park in Quang Binh Province.
Although this cave, which opens deep into the mountain, is two to five million years old, it was discovered in 1991 by a local farmer; However, his approach came almost two decades later, in 2009 Howard and Limbert DaveScientists British Caving Association, They entered it.
However, since then, the place has had very little to do with the tourism universe. As reported British media outlet LadBibleIn recent years, more and more people have become successful Mount Everest Those who entered the majesty of the cave system They are doong.
But now it has become a hotbed of controversy between those who want to use the site for tourism and those who want to keep it as virgin as possible. In this sense, in 2014, when it was proposed to build a cable car to transport tourists inside the caves, there was a very bad counterpoint. Ultimately, the project was not implemented due to protests from environmental organizations and local residents Tourism can damage the fragile ecosystem of the destination.
A documentary premiered in May this year United Kingdom, title A crack in the mountain It showcases all the amazing beauty this Vietnamese cave has to offer, while also reflecting the country’s ongoing debate about tourist exploitation or exposure of the place.
Thus, this production of the director Alastair Evans Son Doong tells the story of the cave and the struggle to protect it from human exploitation. “In essence, A crack in the mountain It’s a lens through which to explore the challenges facing modern Vietnam,” the documentary maker told the aforementioned British outlet.
“As the clock ticks down and people around the world struggle to find the optimal balance between environmental sustainability and economic growth, nowhere is this battle more contested than in a rapidly developing nation like Vietnam.” Evans.
Caves Son Doong They are considered the eighth wonder of the world, after seven other wonders that stunned the ancient world, many of which – most – no longer exist. They are: Colossus of Rhodes, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Great Pyramid of Giza, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis and Tomb at Halicarnassus.
As for the New Seven Wonders or Wonders of the Modern World, the following can be listed: the ruins of Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramid Chichen Itza, The city of Petra, the Roman Coliseum, Christ the Redeemer and the Taj Mahal Palace.
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