|Ha Long Bay. Photo: New7wonders.com |
Ha Long Bay’s central area, recognised as a world heritage by UNESCO, covers an area of 434 sq.km which includes 775 islands. It is bound by Dau Go Island (in the west), Dau Be Island (in the south) and Cong Tay Island (in the east).
Looking from above, Ha Long is a mighty, wonderful and unique sculptural site created by natural forces with thousands of islands and islets rising from the blue sea. Ha Long Bay’s beauty varies according to its different location, time of day and emotion. It is possible to find various interesting shapes of the islands and islets: human-like head islet brings to mind images of a person facing towards the land, or Dragon Islet is like a dragon flying above the sea, while La Vong Islet is like an old fisherman.
Notably, Ha Long Bay is not only the forms of its mountains, islands and waters but also its rich system of grottos and caves of diverse scales, shapes and beauty, which makes much fascination and attraction. They are Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto) bearing a modern and refined trait while Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto) is ample and grandiose and Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto) appears deeply secretive.
For a long time, Ha Long Bay’s beauty has led endless sources of inspiration for various artists. Nguyen Trai, a great Vietnamese poet, while travelling to Van Don to visit Ha Long Bay, called Ha Long Bay “a wonder on earth erected toward the high sky”.
Ha Long Bay was recognised as a world national heritage site twice by UNESCO for the first time in 1994 for its exceptional and universal value of landscape, and for the second time in 2000 for its special value of geology and geomorphology. UNESCO says that: “The inscription of Ha Long Bay on this list confirms the exceptional and global value of the Bay as a cultural and natural site which requires protection for the benefit of all mankind”.
The campaign to vote for the new seven natural wonders of the world can be undertaken via internet or mobile phone. At present, voting time is running out and Ha Long Bay continues to collect increasing votes.
Let’s vote for Ha Long Bay as one of the world’s new seven wonders to be announced on November 11 th by the New Open World Organisation in one of the two following ways:
1. Vote via website www.new7wonders.com
In the website, you choose seven candidates including Halong Bay of Vietnam, then you must fill in a registration form.
2. Vote via SMS
You can vote for Ha Long Bay by texting “Halong” or “hl” to 147. Each SMS charge costs only VND630. Translated by Nguyen Thao