Winter Paradise of Descending Dragons

I am Joan Rio.

Emerald waters, thousands of limestone islands topped by rainforests, a clear blue sky…

I bet you always see this kind of photos on Instagram and as alluring as it is, I too had this written on my bucket list. And one who visits Vietnam wouldn’t miss it for the world. However, many who visit didn’t know the mystery behind its name.

Ha Long Bay (means “descending dragon“), in Northeast Vietnam, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination as it features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes.

According to research, the limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical…

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