This time, international news websites incorrectly describe pictures of one of the country's most beautiful waterfalls
Photos taken from websites news.com.au and Life incorrectly identifying Ban Gioc Falls as part of China instead of shared by China and Vietnam
Two well-known international news websites have published pictures wrongly depicting a waterfall shared by Vietnam and China as solely part of China.
The waterfall, known by Vietnam as Ban Gioc and by China as Detian, is actually located on the border between Vietnam and China and the two countries share sovereignty over parts of it, just like Niagara Falls on the Canada-US border.
On the website www.news.com.au, part of Rupert Murdoch's infamous News Corporation, the waterfall was mentioned on a list of the "World's Most Incredible Waterfalls."
The picture's caption incorrectly identified the falls as "Detian Falls, China."
Under the 1999 Vietnam-China Treaty on Land Borderline, the waterfall's tributary belongs to Vietnam, while the two countries each control different parts of the large waterfall.
Secondly, news.com.au cited Wikipedia as a source but did not carry the waterfall's full name, which even the free encyclopedia identified as "Detian-Ban Gioc Falls" and described as shared by both China and Vietnam.
At the same time News Corporation's news website identified other waterfalls shared by two countries correctly, such as "Niagara Falls, USA/Canada", "Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil" and "Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe."
After finding the error, Thanh Nien found a similar mistake on the well-known photography website Life.
Under a picture of Ban Gioc published as part of the series "World's most incredible waterfalls," the caption incorrectly described the photo as "Detian Falls, China."
Emails by Thanh Nien to the two websites had received no response as of press time.
The incorrect identifications could hurt Vietnamese tourism as readers will be more likely to visit the falls from China.
In related news, Cao Bang Province authorities are seeking permission from the central government to open a special tourism complex at Ban Gioc Falls that both Vietnamese and Chinese tourists will be able to enter without visas. Travelers from third countries visiting the site from Vietnam or China will also be allowed to enter the area without obtaining an additional visa.
According to statistics form Cao Bang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ban Gioc Falls attracts around 30,000 tourists a year from Vietnam and nearly one million from China. The agency said Vietnam has not invested enough in promoting tourism at the site.