Save Getu from Destruction

For the last two years, developers backed by government officials have relentlessly destroyed the lower cavern system, cemented stairs into the ancient walls once scaled only by the gliding swallows and legendary locals using stick ladders, constructed a suspension bridge and a glass elevator.

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The Glass Elevator at Getu – click to Enlarge.


To construct the expanded parking lots and gates, so throngs of visitors can conveniently drive into the peaceful valley, developers and officials forcibly appropriated hundreds of acres of farm and forest land from the locals, many of the ethnic Miao descent.  Local people’s protests were suppressed by police deployed by the local officials. Four most vocal leaders were jailed for 10 days.

Now the damages to the lower portions of the caves done, developers have moved for the “holiest of the holiest,” the Chuanshang, or Through Upper Cave, under the Great Arch! Workers are already clearing the delicate vegetation to make site for a hotel and restaurant!

The following photo was taken on April 10, 2014.  Within a few days, more irreparable damages will be done!  This destruction must be stopped immediately!

What can you do??

Please help make the world aware of what is happening to this sacred site, forward this to your friends, your local Chinese consulates, UNESCO, WWF, to anyone who loves and cares for all that are natural, beautiful and just.

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3 Responses to Save Getu from Destruction

  1. Billy May 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    After watching Petzl RocTrip on YouTube my brothers and I decided to do a climbing trip to Getu. We are going for in September this year. One of the main reasons we really wanted to go was the fact that Getu is still very rural and untouched. So this article does leave me a bit sad.

    When we get back I might do a small article on what the damage is to the area.

    • toejam May 7, 2014 at 3:35 am #

      Hey Billy, I live near Getu, have been there twice in the last month already. The “destruction” is ongoing, sadly it won’t be stopped. BUT, Getu is still an amazing place and well worth visiting. The Arch is only 1 of many reasons to be there. If you need some local beta send me a pm.

  2. Greg Hart May 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    This is so sad. So short sighted and stupid, don’t these people realise that this development destroys the very essence of what makes these places attractive in the first place? I blame it all on Red Bull and the base jumpers!!

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