Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hạ Long Bay

Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Vân Đồn District. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters.

Hạ Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Hạ Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.

Hereunder are some analogue images of this wonderful bay.

Passage to East by Fabio Sabatini

05_06_EOS_SUPERIA_REALA_imm018_18A by FredJ

Boathouse on the Ha Long Bay by mukarin

Vietnam 2007 by daniel_jahnel

Halong Bay by si ying

[last light] by .cascata.

Rowing back home by SuhaimiSalleh

HALONG BAY by Zixbook.com

Halong bay sunset 4 by TB35mm

Hạ Long... by Nobita - ^0^

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