Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Paradise cave

The Trinh Nu Cave

The Fighting - cocks islet

Ha Long bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Quảng Ninh province, the northeastern part of Vietnam and is 165 Km from Hanoi.

The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. The bay has a 120 kilometre long coastline and is approximately 1,553 square kilometres in size with 1969 islets. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, other support floating villages of fishermen, who ply the shallow waters for 200 species of fish and 450 different kinds of mollusks. Another specific feature of Halong Bay is the abundance of lakes inside the limestone islands, for example, Dau Be island has six enclosed lakes.

Ha Long literally means descending dragon(s) and according to local myth.

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