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Halong in Depth

Natural beauty of Halong bay

Saturday - 13/09/2014

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Speaking of Halong, one must above all talk of the beaty of its stone, water and sky. In a relatively small area, there are various islands and islets forming some legendary world of stone islands. Halong bay has been called by the great national poet.''a wonder of the earth erected towards the high sky"

Seen f-rom above, Halong bay resembles a light blue handkerchief dotted with emerald gems; sometimes clustered together, sometimes isolated. The clever artistic hand of creation has made thousands of stone islands simulating familiar personages or animals. 

Like the constellations of the sky, it's possible to find a familiar form in every island of Halong Bay : one bring to mind a pair of chickens bobbing on the spacious water (Trong Mai islet); another is like a giant tortoise with half-closed and sleepy eyes (Rua islet); another is like an old monk joining his hands in prayer to Buddha, with his face turned to the sea(Ong Su islet); yet another is like a giant incense-burner standing in the middle of the sea which used to pray the Heaven and the Earth (Dinh Huong islet); Dragon island looks like a dragon hovering above the turquoise water. It is a safe bet that many other islands bearing familiar forms remain undiscovered in the mysterious bay.

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The sea of Ha Long is deep blue water throughout all four seasons. In the spring, sailing amidst the waves, the stone islands look to be bobbing on the water. As the summer approaches and the sun is setting on the far horizon, they appear to awake in unison and rise f-rom the blue depths. The whole bay is bright red, and then turns to blue as the crests of the waves run together toward the shore. Orchids and fig trees, growing f-rom fissures in the stone, bloom with snowy flowers. At the sunset, when the mountains' shadows stretch out long across the bay, the water turn grey-blue, before suddenly transforming to a crimson red as the last of the sun's rays reach the far away islands. For one short instant, the whole scene mingles into one colour, and then all light is extinguished. After the moon climbs into the sky, the sea seems to be coated with silver, with the lights of Ha Long City reflected on the surface of the water. As a boat makes its way through this forest of islands by ways of meandering channels, sometimes stone seems to be spread in front of you; forming a wall heeding further progress. Once nearer, the wall appears to crack open as if letting your boat pass. The scenery disappears behind you as yet another panorama opens to your view.

 The winding route seems to be endless, but the beauty of Halong Bay does not consist only in the forms of it mountains, islands and the colour of its waters, but also in its infinitely rich system of grottoes and caves, concentrated mostly in the middle of the UNESCO - protected area. Thien Cung (Heavenly palace) grotto bears a modern and refined trait, while Dau Go (Driftwood) grotto is ample and grandiose and Sung Sot ( Surprise)  grotto appears deeply secretive. There are many beautiful examples, closely linked with legens and popular tales, such Tring Nu and Trong (Virgin and Male) grottoes and Dong Tien (Fairy Grotto) lake. Each is a grandiose and refined natural architectural creation.

 It seemed that every island, cave and beach in Halong closely linked with the legend and popular tale of love, of the heroic song for safeguarding country...Discovering Halong Bay is a good chance to witness the romantic and attractive love story with happened only in the legend

Author: nicky butt

Source: Halongtourvietnam.org

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