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Ha Giang province asks tourists to stop helping by money to end begging

Ha Giang province asks tourists to stop helping by money to end begging

Ha Giang province now is emerging as a new travel site in Northern Vietnam and the foreign visitors is increasing day by day. However, the Authorities in Ha Giang province are asking all travelers to stop donating the children by giving them the money. In fact, this is such an act may lead to many bad effects, it may make all children to drop out the school and begin begging for money.
Thanks to array of buckwheat fields in the province, it has been drawing more tourists lately, especially at the end of year – the moment of blooming season begins.
This province has just opened a festival on November 15 to broadcast and popularize the beauty of this flower kind. However, during 4 days of event, many tourists, out of pity for children in the impoverished province, have given them money.
“The children now stand along the road waving their hands for money,” Vinh said at a tourism promotion conference in Ho Chi Minh City Monday, as cited by Saigon Times Online.
Accordingly, he has ordered travel agencies to ask tourists to only donate winter clothes. Ha Giang is a very cold area in winter, sometimes drops to 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit).
The province recently has put up notices at public places asking tourists not to give money to children, as they could drop out of the school to beg for money.
It has also established a code of conduct for tourists, which asks them to “avoid giving money or candy to children as it encourages begging.”
Tourists are recommended to leave gifts to a village elder who will distribute them to the children later.
Do Hoang Viet, a tourist, said on a travel forum that some local children of just around four years old once stood in front of his car and started begging.
The province, which attracted around 650,000 tourists last year, also asks tourists to stop taking pictures of local babies.
The northernmost province has been combating human trafficking.
One of the poorest provinces in Vietnam, Ha Giang last year reported a GDP per capita of VND16.2 million ($720). It said 23 percent of its households were poor, whose income is VND4.8 million or less per person a year.