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Ha Long Bay among world’s natural wonders to see before they disappear

Updated at Friday, 26 Oct 2018, 11:59
The Hanoitimes - From the Grand Canyon to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, the movement of water over time has crafted some of the world’s most striking landscapes and spaces.
The New York Daily News, a US newspaper based in New York City, has just named Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province in Vietnam the number one destination among 15 natural wonders to see before they disappear.
 
Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province in Vietnam. Photo: Shutterstock
Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province in Vietnam. Photo: Shutterstock
People go to Ha Long Bay expecting an active adventure. The UNESCO World Heritage Site puts explorative kayakers amidst striking limestone islands, rugged rock formations and low caves. The bay in the Gulf of Tonkin includes 1,600 islands and islets. Most of them are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence.
“Unfortunately, increased flooding in the region has caused coal-fired power plant run-off to stream into the bay. Also, extreme weather contributes to quicker erosion,” The New York Daily News wrote.
On the list, Ha Long Bay is followed by the Great Blue Hole (Belize), the Stone Forest (China), Wave Rock (Western Australia), Bryce Canyon (Utah), Vermilion Cliffs (Arizona), Antelope Canyon (Arizona), Twelve Apostles (Australia), etc.
Earlier, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam's northern province of Quang Ninh has been ranked third among the six beaches around the world that naturally glow, according to a list released by Reader’s Digest, a US general-internet family magazine.
Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations, but it’s not just because of its infamous limestone islands covered in verdant rainforests.
“At night, boat tours take people out on the water to see the bioluminescent glow. When each swimmer splashes, the blue-green light from the algae emerges,” Reader’s Digest wrote.
In 2017, Quang Ninh welcomed a total of 9.87 million tourists, including 4.28 million foreigners, according to Quang Ninh provincial Department of Tourism.
The province aims to attract over 12 million visitors in 2018, including five million foreigners.
Ha Phuong
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