Social media has reverberated over the last few days with a video featuring a disagreement between a middle-aged Vietnamese woman and a foreign tourist who was prevented from taking photos on the elderly woman’s floating dock on a beautiful man-made lake in northern Vietnam.
The lake, in Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong, the second largest city in northern Vietnam, was built after a quarry was dug as a source of raw construction material.
Approximately fifty acres in size, or twenty five football fields, and surrounded by limestone hills, which lend it its azure hue, the location continually lures tourists with its limpid water and scenic beauty.
In the footage, published on January 22, an elderly female vendor attempts to shoo a foreign visitor who is taking photographs on the dock.
Waving a piece of cloth at the tourist, her attempt to explain her issue is to little avail and she continues to try and push the woman away.
The woman reacts by defending herself and continuing to take photos, narrowly avoiding a more violent confrontation.
It has been suggested that the local woman responded negatively after the tourist refused to pay a fee of VND10,000 (US$0.5) to use the floating facility.
The quarry lake, which is 30 to 40 meters deep, is a spot the local government discourages people from visiting, according to Nguyen Van Dang, chairman of the local People’s Committee.
However, people continue to flock here despite the warning signs positioned around the lake.
Authorities have repeatedly attempted to dismantle the woman’s floating dock, and her family have relocated it to a different spot a few times, however she retrieved it once they went away.
According to Dang, the People’s Committee would soon forcibly sink the structure.