“On the one hand, the number of tourists has had a slow rebound, on the other hand, I am seeking new business opportunities now,” Shakya said. One year after the earthquake, he never lose confidence about life.
A day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the STU Nepal Reporting Team met with people on the streets to ask them what they thought about the vote that could have a lasting impact on global politics.
Bhaktapur, one of the most heavily damaged areas of the April 2015 earthquake, still has a number of people living in tent camps after more than a year. Damaged historical buildings are also prevalent throughout this historic district.
One year and roughly two months after the 2015 earthquake, the STU Nepal 2016 team went back to two temples in Kathmandu, the Great Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath. The first is a World Heritage Site and one of the most important Buddhist temples in Nepal, and the second a renowned Hindu place of worship.
After the earthquake, Pokhara tourism is suffering , the businessmen long for the return of Chinese tourists, “If only a group of Chinese from a small town come to Nepal, our business will re-boom, our life will be saved,” ShaFi said.
According to UNICEF, as of 2011, roughly a quarter of children in Nepal are living in poverty. From these statistics, it was not hard to understand why lots of children were walking around in Chitwan, asking for rupees.
“The earthquake really has influenced business heavily. It is especially hard for foreigners here,” said Zhang Jiangsong, president of the Overseas Chinese Association in Pokhara,
The “special shop” , located on the second floor of the children’s library, aims at empowering girls from 16 to 20 with sewing skills, so that they can be more independent and self-reliant in the future.
Although the Nepal earthquake did not hit Chitwan National Park, one of the country’s premier destinations and a haven for rare animals, it hit the tourism industry here hard.