Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Halong Bay:A natural beautiful bay

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s top attractive places. The name "Ha Long" means "where the dragon dismount into the sea". Ha Long is straightly translated as "Bay of Descending Dragons". Halong Bay is located in Quáng Ninh province, Vietnam.Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district.

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The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and also isles in different sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, with 1,960–2,000 islets.The islets are made with limestone.The limestone in Halong Bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in several conditions and environments.The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate.This Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.

halong bay

There are five grottoes and caves make Halong Bay very beautiful.These are Dau Go Grotto,Thien Cung Cave,Sung Sot Cave,Luon Cave,Trinh Nu (Virgin) Grotto.The climate of the bay is tropical, wet, sea islands, with two seasons.The hot and moist summer, and another is the dry and cold winter.The normal heat range is from 15°C- 25°C.The annual rainfall is among 2000mm and 2200mm.The core zone of Hạ Long Bay was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site according to criterion vii, and listed for a second time according to criterion viii,in 1994.   

halong bay

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