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A provisional announcement of the bay's new status was made three months ago after global voting ended, by New Open World Corporation, an associate of the New 7 Wonders Foundation. Finalists include: the Amazon in South America, Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, Iguazu Falls of Argentina, Jeju Island of the Republic of Korea, Komodo National Park of Indonesia, Puerto Princesa Underground River of the Philippines, and Table Mountain of South Africa. World-wide voters selected from 400 natural wonders in more than 200 countries and territories in a polling session which ended on November 11, 2011. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it will hold a press conference to announce the official listing on March 31. Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh Province has been recognised twice as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, notable for its breathtaking landscape and geographical value. The 1, bay is dotted with 1,969 islands, which collectively offer an exquisite example of karst formation in tropical and humid conditions. One distinctive feature of Ha Long Bay is its abundant cave system formed between 11,000 to two million years ago. The long evolution and erosion of the bay has produced pyramid-shaped karst towers that gave the bay its unique beauty. The bay accommodates temperate ecosystems suitable for many species of marine animals, in addition to its great cultural and historical value. Scientists have shown that Ha Long was inhabited by three successive cultures between 3,000 and 18,000 years ago: the Soi Nhu, Cai Beo and…... [read more]

The magazine recommended spending a night on a junk boat in the bay, amid a multitude of limestone islands and islets rising from the sea, in a variety of sizes and shapes and presenting picturesque, unspoiled nature. The bay covers an area of 43,400 ha and includes over 1,969 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans. Recognised by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage in 1994, Ha Long Bay welcomes 2.5 million tourists each year, including 1 million foreign visitors. It was voted as one of the world’s seven New Wonders of Nature last year. Also on the magazine’s list are trips of hiking along the unrestored section of the Great Wall of China, attending a cherry blossom festival in Japan and driving a classic car in Havana, Cuba.... [read more]

The celebrations, entitled “The Legendary road,” are being jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the provincial Quang Binh People’s Committee to honour the hundreds of thousands of soldiers and volunteers who scarified their youth and their lives on the historic road. During their visit, from May 13-17, the overseas Vietnamese will burn incense in memory of the fallen soldiers who now rest in peace at the Truong Son and Road No. 9 Cemeteries and the ancient Quang Tri citadel, said the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese. They will offer incense at the Tam Co Cave and visit the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – a UNESCO-recognised world natural heritage site. On May 18, the delegation will join others at ceremonies to pray for peace and welcome the arrival of the giant jade statue of Buddha at Phat Tich Pagoda in the northern province of Bac Ninh. These activities are intended to give the overseas Vietnamese an insight into the glorious history of the nation and the patriotic spirit and bravery sacrifices of Vietnamese soldiers and people during the past struggles for national reunification.... [read more]

The province has carried out a wide range of activities, such as a green Sunday, broadcasting news bulletins and information campaigns on its radio and television station, placing posters along in urban areas, putting in motion several key environmental projects and holding a seminar on bio-diversification preservation and coping with climate change. The meeting is the biggest event of its kind in the country and nearly 3,000 people are expected to attend. It will provide an excellent opportunity for the province to present its unique environment and beautiful landscapes. This will improve local people’s awareness of bio-diversity preservation and help to gain recognition from UNESCO for Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park as a world natural heritage in bio-diversity. The meeting coincides with Vietnam’s Sea and Islands Week which will take place in Dong Hoi City from June 4-6 with a maritime economic and trade fair, tours of craft villages and seafood businesses, a fishing festival, a send sculptures contest, a kite display, a photography competition on Quang Binh’s beaches, and an exhibition on the country’s seas and islands.... [read more]

The first is the biggest bronze pagoda in Asia, which sits on top of Yen Tu mountain in the northern province of Quang Ninh. The 70-tonne pagoda was restored in June 2006. The second is the longest lobby with 500 Arhat statues at the Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh. The third, also at the pagoda, is the 100 tonne bronze gold-inlaid statute of Sakyamuni. The fourth is the biggest Jesus Christ statute on the top of Tao Phung mountain in the southern coastal city of Vung Tau. The fifth is the Con Dao prison relic site, also known as “tiger cage”, in Phong Nha – Ke Bang as world natural heritage in the central province of Quang Binh. The sixth is Thien Duong (Paradise) cave in Ke Bang national heritage park, which is recognized as the longest dry cave. The remaining are the Cu Chi tunnels near HCM City, also recognized as the longest, the sea-crossing cable system in the Vinpearl resort, Nha Trang, the oldest and largest weapons museum in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, and the discovery of many musical instruments, including the two-cord fiddle, the organ, guitar and drums by a little blind boy named Bui Ngoc Thinh, 12, from the central province of Khanh Hoa.... [read more]

RoK-Vietnam Ministerial Meeting on Environment opens in Hanoi Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen announced this at a press briefing in Hanoi on May 8 to publicize activities in response to World Environment Day. Tuyen said Quang Ninh has been selected as a good place for launching as the province has great potential related to its natural resources and the environment, most notably Ha Long Bay, which has been recognized as a World Natural Heritage twice by UNESCO and selected as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world by the New 7Wonders organization. Various activities are planned in Ha Long city on June 4-5, including a seminar and forum on ‘A Green Economy towards Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection,’ a cultural exchange and an exchange of experiences in building a green economy in Quang Ninh. A national meeting will also take place, which is expected to attract around 3,000 people, including Party and State leaders, and representatives from the United Nations, international organizations, ministries, sectors and central unions in Vietnam. At the press briefing, Director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Patrick Jean Gilabert, and other environmental experts introduced the International Year of Sustainable Energy for all and other issues related to a green economy and green growth. Vietnam has devised a number of solutions to implement a green growth strategy in the 2011-2020 period, with a vision to 2050, however, many challenges still remain due to shortage of human resources.…... [read more]

The article told of the writer’s experiences when visiting Vietnam’s historic and cultural landmarks as well as his feeling when talking to people in Hanoi, Ha Long City and HCM City during his 10-day visit to Vietnam in June. Mr. Matias was very impressed by the long queues of Vietnamese people who were waiting to pay their respect to the late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum, as well as the beauty of Ha Long Bay, which was recognised as a world natural heritage by UNESCO. Mr. Matias said that he wants to visit Vietnam again to enjoy its beautiful landscapes and learn more about its history and culture. He added that Vietnam is entering a new chapter in its history but it is important to learn about the Vietnamese people’s past to understand the country at present.... [read more]

At a working session with provincial leaders, the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperative and investment ties between the Czech Republic and Quang Binh. The Prague University of Economics pledged to grant 50-100 scholarships to Vietnamese students each year to pursue studies at the Czech university for three years after two years of study at the Quang Binh University. Czech businesspeople, who are accompanying the delegation, introduced advanced technologies in the fields where they boast strengths, and agreed to transfer water treatment and filtering technology to Quang Binh province. In turn, the local authorities spoke of Quang Binh’s potential and strengths as well as investment incentives. During their stay in Quang Binh, the Czech guests called in at a kaolin sifting factory in Dong Hoi city, and toured the Phong Nha – Ke Bang world natural heritage site as well as some scenery in the province. The Czech Republic is building a US$35 million factory to produce kaolin and products for insulation and sanitation in Quang Binh. The plant is capable of churning out 50,000 tonnes of kaolin a year in the first phase and 100,000 tonnes a year in the second phase.... [read more]

Various activities have taken place in response to World Ocean Day (June 8), Vietnam Sea and Island Week (June 1-8) and the International Year for Biodiversity. Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has observed June 5 as World Environment Day, with the aim of raising global awareness of the importance of the environment and encouraging people to protect it. Annually, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Vietnam has a 3,260-km coastal line with a total area of more than one million square metres, over 3,000 islands and 100 seaports. The country possesses diverse ecological systems, and is home to a large number of wild and endemic species of fauna and flora many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. In particular, Vietnam is endowed with a wonderful national park namely Phong Nha-Ke Bang, which has been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Pham Khoi Nguyen, emphasised that the 2010 World Environment Day is themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, the International Year for Biodiversity is themed “Biodiversityis life.Biodiversityisour life”, and World Ocean Day is themed “Oceans of Life". This is a good opportunity for us to show our determination to protect the environment, islands and sea, conserve biodiversity and cope with climate change for our planet’s sustainable development, he said. Therefore, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on…... [read more]

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Bui Van Nam welcomed the visit as a meaningful activity to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two peoples. He introduced Ninh Binh’s socio-economic development achievements and its tourist attractions, saying the province is seeking the UNESCO title World Natural Heritage for its Trang An eco-tourist complex. The association presented gifts to six Vietnamese war veterans who volunteered to fight with Cambodian people during their past war and awarded scholarships to 64 Cambodian students who are studying in Vietnam. They visited Bai Dinh pagoda where several Asian and Vietnamese records were set. Second Secretary of the Cambodian embassy Keo Bunrith joined the delegation.... [read more]

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