Halong Bay is a mighty, wonderful and unique sculptural site by Nature with thousands of islands and islets rising from the blue sea.
Islands on Ha Long Bay do not look boring; it is possible to find various interesting shapes of the islands and islets: one brings to mind a pair of chicken bobbing on the spacious water (Trong Mai Islet); another is like an eagle looking for food (Dai Bang islet); yet another is like an old fisherman (La Vong islet) etc. Halong Bay’s beauty varies according to the one’s location, the time of day and one’s emotion.
The beauty of Halong Bay is not only the forms of its mountains, islands and the color of its waters, but also its infinitely rich system of grotto and caves. Each has different scale, shapes and beauty, which make such fascination and attraction. 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.
For a longtime, the beauty of Halong Bay leads endless sources of inspiration for artists. Nguyen Trai – a Vietnamese great poet traveled to Van Don visiting Halong Bay was inspired by its landscape:
“How in-numerous mountains to Van Don
A wonder of the earth erected toward the high sky”
(Extracted from the poem “The way to Van Don”)
The King Le Thanh Tong of 15th century praised:
“Hundreds f rivers flow into the bay
Scattered islands look like a chessboard of sea joining the sky, both azure blue”
(Extracted from the poem carved on the wall of Bai Tho mountain)
UNESCO has inscribed Halong Bay on the World Heritage List, saying that: “The inscription of Halong 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 the human beings”