Anyone finding themselves stranded on the stoic, rocky Paracel Islands would unfortunately discover a nightmarish refuge completely devoid of shelter, food or freshwater any where among its craggy shorelines. This expansive island group is located in the South China Sea approximately one third of the way from China, middle Vietnam and north of the Philippines. Over 33 archipelagic islands consisting of hazardous coral reefs and drifting sand dunes stretching over an area of 9,000 square miles (15,000 km) making nautical navigation a treacherous adventure. The prolific fishing bays surrounding the islands attract many local sport and commercial marine fisherman. Several Chinese businesses are seeking to develop the Paracel Islands into a tourist destination. They currently have plans for a hotel and desalination plant to process sea water into freshwater. This is viewed by the Vietnamese and Taiwan governments as further Chinese transgression to further lay claim to the rumored vast mineral and oil deposits lying beneath the islands.
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There is no permanent human settlement offering the conveniences of food or lodging on any of the Paracel Islands.
The Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and China can lay geographical claim to the islands, but only the last three do.
China maintains a tiny military occupying force of troops on Woody and Duncan Islands to maintain Chinese territorial claim of these islands.
There is no native flora or fauna present on any of these islands. Migratory ocean birds and turtles use the islands as nesting grounds to hatch and raise their young.
One rugged airport constructed by China has only one landing strip for small airplanes to access. Anyone attempting to land must have prior express written permission of the Chinese government.
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16 30 N, 112 00 E
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