Located in the northeast of Vietnam, in Quang Ninh Province, Halong Bay
covers an area of 1,553 square km, including 1,969 islands. Halong’s islands
are concentrated in 2 main areas – in the northeast (Bai Tu Long Bay) and the southwest (Halong Bay center). Halong is internationally famous, twice recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO, for the majestic beauty of the dense rocks and islands, and the natural caves
Ha Long Bay has attracted thousands of visitors every year.
According to local legend ever since the first settlement of the country, Vietnam has been attacked from the sea. Knowing this, the Jade Emperor sent Mother Dragon and her child down to help the Vietnamese against the invaders. When enemy ships were approaching, the dragons flew down from the sky and spat countless pearls into the sea. These turned into a myriad of jade islands. They linked together to create a solid wall that blocked the approaching enemy ships which crashed into the rocks and were torn to pieces. After driving away the invaders, the Mother Dragon and her child were so charmed by the beauty of the bay that they decided to stay rather than returning to heaven. Where the Mother Dragon landed was called Halong, her child settled in Bai Tu Long Bay
, and where their tails entwined is Bach Long Vi Island.
Bai Tu Long Bay
The outstanding value of the property is centered around the drowned limestone karst landforms, displaying spectacular pillars with a variety of coastal erosional features such as arches and caves which form a majestic natural scenery. The repeated regression and transgression of the sea on the limestone karst over geological time has produced a mature landscape of clusters of conical peaks and isolated towers which were modified by sea invasion, adding an extra elemant to the process of lateral undercutting of the limstone towers and islands.