Friday, November 27, 2009

Ha Long Bay - One Of The Most Popular Travel Destinations

Ha Long (literally: Descending Dragon) Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Quang Ninh province. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate and cultural characters. Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km², incuding 1,960 islets, most of which are limestone.


Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistorical human beings in this area ten of thousands years ago. Nowadays, Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular travel destinations in Vietnam.


500 years ago, Nguyen Trai praised the beauty of Ha Long Bay in his verse Lo Nhap Van Don, in which he called it "rock wonder in the sky". In 1994 the core zone of Ha Long Bay was listed by UNESCO in its World Heritage Sites. Together with Nha Trang Bay and Lang Co of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is recognized as one of the most beautiful bays of the world.


Local legend has it that long ago, when the Vietnamese were fighting invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to help defend the land. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade. These jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. The people kept their land safe and formed what later became the country of Vietnam. After that, dragons were interested in peaceful sightseeing of the earth and then decided to live here. The place where Mother Dragon flew down was named Ha Long, the place where the dragon children attended upon their mother was called Bai Tu Long island (Bai: attend upon, Tu: children, Long: dragon), and the place where the dragon children wriggled their tails violently was called Bach Long Vy island (Bach: white - colour of the foam made when Children Dragon wriggle, Long: dragon, Vy: tail).


The most remarkable geological events of Ha Long Bay’s history in the last 1,000 years include the advance of the sea, the raising of the bay area and the strong erosion that has formed coral and pure blue and heavily salted water. This process of erosion by seawater has deeply engraved the stone, contributing to its fantastic beauty. Present-day Ha Long Bay is the result of this long process of geological evolution that has been influenced by so many factors.


It is because of all these factors that tourists now visiting Ha Long Bay are not only treated to one of the true wonders of the world, but also to a precious geological museum that has been naturally preserved in the open air for the last 300 million years.


A community of around 1600 people live on Ha Long Bay in fishing villages. They live on floating houses and are sustained by capture fishing and marine aquaculture (cultivating marine biota).


Seafood in Ha Long is diversified. Cuttlefish, oyster, cyclinae, prawn (penaeidea, panulirus, parapenaeopsis...), sipunculoideas, nerita, charonia tritonis are among the varieties appearing in popular local dishes.


www.wikipedia.org

118 comments:

  1. I love Halong's people and foods at there. I have a friend, he comes from Halong so I think he's very friendly and kind. But I dont like buy something in Halong. It very expensive and sellers are bad :(

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  2. Ken, thanks for nice comment, friend :) I have never visited Ha Long Bay, if I have a chance to go to Ha Noi someday, maybe I will visit Ha Long ^^

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  3. What a great way to showcase Vietnam through the magnificent Ha Long Bay! Congratulations!

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  4. Hi..Sinh Khuong :)
    Waited for some time for you to write again.
    Like the legend about the dragons. The photo of the ferry with sails is something i have never seen before.
    Hmm.. :) You have never been to Ha Long Bay?

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  5. Lita C. Malicdem, thanks for visiting my blog & your nice comments :) I think that many ones could hear about Ha Long Bay as a nice bay of world, so I wrote this ^^

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  6. Hana, unfortunately I have never visited Ha Long Bay but there are many pictures & videos of it on the Internet, TV tour programs, etc...and I can imagine & feel about its beauty :) Of course I will visit Ha Long Bay someday ^^ Many foreign tourists even visited Ha Long Bay many times !

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  7. Breathtaking views of Vietnam..makes me wanna fly there now and b there...to enjoy those amazing views

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  8. Teika Kawashi, hope you can visit Ha Long Bay soon :)

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  9. Beautiful photographs, post well written

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  10. A.J.Johnson, thanks for visiting and your comments :)

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  11. beautiful shots..one day i want to visit and experience the beauty i have seen here.Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Really beautiful, it is one of the most enthralling and mystical places in the world.

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  13. These are the places which makes us thank the almighty once again for his creation....

    Do visit my page mate.......


    Cheers!!!!!

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  14. Primary Work at Home, thanks so much for visiting & your comment :)

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  15. Umihoney, I'm very glad to see you here again ^^ have a nice day, my friend :)

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  16. Vinay Rai, thanks for your nice comments. I love enthralling and mystical places, too ^^

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  17. Yayathy, yes the Almighty is so great ! ;)

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  18. Jeanie Tseng, yeah, they're some of greatest pictures of Ha Long Bay I have :D

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  19. Hyper-Minor, thanks for visiting my blog & your comment :)

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  20. your fotos are beautiful. I'm selling my house and moving to Vietnam...Thankx

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  21. J.level, thanks for visiting my blog :D

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  22. Mar, thanks for your comments :) I love those pics so much, too ^^

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  23. WOW, stunning scenery
    Saludos desde Barcelona

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  24. Johnny, thanks for visiting my blog :) Have a nice day !

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  25. Wow Sinh,

    Those pictures are stunning.

    I have always wanted to travel to Viet Nam so this have given me extra incentive.

    Johnny

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  26. Johnny Baril, thanks for your nice comments :) You will have wonderful days in Vietnam !

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  27. I would love to come to Vietnam someday. Learn your language, culture and more.

    Thanks for the view!

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  28. What a nice views. I wish we can visit there someday. :)thank you for sharing it here.

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  29. I visited Vietnam last year but unfortunately was unable to visit it because of time constraint but these pictures are magnificent! Next time I visit Vietnam it will be my first destination, I'm sure my family would understand lol.

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  30. Sam, thanks for your comment ! Hope you will visit Ha Long Bay someday ^^

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  31. Saren, what a pity ! I believe you can do it with family next time :)

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  32. Fascinating pictures and 300 million years wow I can barely believe I'm living 63 years.

    Very nice blog..

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  33. Dorothy, thanks for visiting my blog ^^ Yeah, 300 million years is very very long time period for us ;)

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  34. Thank you! That was great history! I wish you would blog more often...I missed you!

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  35. COCAMIA, thanks for your comment :) I love to blog more often and will try my best to do it ^^

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  36. Those places look unreal. Like something in a dream or a high definition animated movie or something. I would LOVE to visit those places.

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  37. Kaja, these pictures are almost the best ones which were created in the best moments with nice weather, season, light, etc...So, they look like something in a dream, that is reason why I really love nature and its perfect beauty ^^

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  38. Hi Sinh Khuong,
    Wonderful Pictures.
    Great job.

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  39. Mystique Earth, thanks so much for visiting my blog ^^ Have a good time here :)

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  40. Wow, what a beautiful placess....

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  41. Huzaifa, thanks for your nice comment ^^

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  42. So so beautiful! your country is really fascinating!
    Wanna see more pictures...

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  43. Isabela, thanks so much for visiting my blog ^^ I wished I had more pictures ;)

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  44. What a natural beauty! All the locations are cool and gorgeous.

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  45. Birdy, thanks so much for your nice comment ^^

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  46. Woww...really beautiful pics of Ha Long Bay...
    And nice presentation too.

    Keep it up SK!

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  47. NENSA MOON, thanks for visiting mine :)

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  48. Those are very beautiful pictures. They have a classical feeling to them much like brush paintings of trees, mountains, and rocks.

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  49. Book Calendar, thanks for your comment ^^

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  50. Excellent post. Congratulations!

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  51. Alexandre, thanks so much for visiting mine ^^

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  52. The photography is really superb, I not read your content but mind-blowing photogrpahy,
    such an great images I've never seen before at a single place.

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  53. I interested in halong bay,its very nice bay.

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  54. Shri Krishna, thanks for your nice comment ^^

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  55. Jaruwan, thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  56. beautiful photos, nice post; best reguards from BARCELONA; and happy new year my friend!

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  57. Vietman is one of sophisticated country in Asia, I hope someday, I can visit there. Thank for your sharing.

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  58. Reporter online, thanks for your comment :) I especially love Barcelona Football Club ^^ Happy New Year !

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  59. Pastibisa, thanks for visiting my blog :) You're welcome in Vietnam !

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  60. Recommended by my colleague who has been there recently.. and after looking at this, i must visit this scenic destination. soon!

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  61. Jason, thanks for your comment :) Hope to see you soon in Ha Long Bay ^^

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  62. A very good planned blog. Nice photos. And special information for travelling.

    Thank you.

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  63. CndFlix, thanks for visiting my blog ^^

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  64. Hi! May your New Year be blessed with peace, love and joy. Sending you my heartfelt wishes with joy that never ends. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

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  65. Sam, thank you so much for your wishes ! I wish you & your family a very very Happy New Year :)

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  66. I love the pictures. They are beautiful. I also enjoyed the story you told. Interesting.

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  67. KingsKid777, thanks for your nice comment :D

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  68. This is really cool. Are you the one who took that photos? Keep it up, this is really nice.

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  69. Cjmc, I did not take these photos, they are from the Internet :)

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  70. Beautiful and Informative , luv your blog !

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  71. Zindagi, thanks for visiting my blog ^^

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  72. Wow, incredible pictures! Nice blog :D

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  73. Pochacco Star, thanks for your nice comment ;)

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  74. I'd love to travel too, nice blog bro

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  75. Sexy Girls, thanks for visiting mine :)

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  76. i'd love to visit vietnam sometime.. was thinking of it in december but heard it was winter and wasn't the best time to visit. halong bay looks spectacular

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  77. Lechuaphotography, thanks for your nice comment :) Hope you will visit my beautiful country soon ^^

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  78. Me love to travel,Thanks for shareing :).
    Nice blog

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  79. Mishkash, thanks for visiting my blog ^^

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  80. really nice pictures...nice place to travel...

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  81. Smiley Karen, thanks so much for your comment ^^

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  84. That is absolutely beautiful.
    nina

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    Lovely. I liked it. Plz do visit me and leave your comment on GooTAR Blog

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  89. Arrived here via myboglog and glad I did! Such wonderful photos, indeed a woner of the world. Must add it to my list of places I must visit.
    Best wishes,
    Mike

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  90. 67 Not Out, thanks for visiting my blog ^^ Hope you will be able to visit our beautiful country soon :)

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  91. Hi! you have a beatiful blog, I love the photos

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  92. Bebi, thanks for your nice comment, I love the photos, too :)

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  93. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I'd love to visit Vietnam!

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  94. I like your photos very much , keep up the good work.
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    see my recent vacation here
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  95. Faith Hoffen, thanks for visiting mine :) Hope you can visit our beautiful country soon ^^

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  96. Sir John, thanks for your nice comments ;)

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  97. Man, it sure looks beautiful there. I hope I can visit some day!

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  98. The Exercise Fanatic, thanks for visiting my blog, hope you will visit Vietnam soon :)

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  99. I love your pictures of Vietnam!

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  100. Hadasa, thanks so much for your comment :)

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  101. hay sinh khuong, its awesome place do you know how can i visit this place? maybe you know about the tour? btw im from indonesia. thanks

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  102. Putri, thanks so much for visiting my blog ^^ Ha Long Bay is very famous, so I think it's easy to visit this place. There are many tours and you can choose one of them when you're in Ha Noi, Vietnam.

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  103. This looks beautiful - one day I will visit.
    Good post lots of interesting information.
    Nina
    www.health-wealth-and-fitness.com

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  104. NinaLaZina, thanks so much for your comment :)

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  105. Kbspot, thanks for visiting my blog :) Hope you can visit Ha Long Bay someday ^^

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  106. i hope so Sinh Khuong, i'm kinda broke you know ;)

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  107. Kbspot, glad to see you here again ;) Have a happy weekend ^^

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