Vietnam to name 23 new caves in Ha Long Bay world heritage site

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/3/29 14:14:12

The management board of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO's World Heritage Site in Vietnam's northern province of Quang Ninh, is calling for suggestions to name 23 newly discovered caves in the bay.

In late 2015, the Ha Long Bay Management Board, in collaboration with the Vietnam's Institute of Geo-Sciences and Mineral Resources and local fishermen, found 23 new caves in Ha Long Bay, some 120 km east of the capital Hanoi.

These caves have been rated highly valuable, scientific and aesthetic, which are suitable for development of adventure and exploring tourism, said the management board on local Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper on Wednesday.

Together with the previously discovered 36 caves, Ha Long Bay has a total of 59 caves, of which 19 caves have been exploited for tourist purposes.

Ha Long Bay was first listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, in recognition of its outstanding, universal aesthetic value. In 2000, the World Heritage Committee additionally recognized Ha Long Bay for its outstanding geological features, particularly its islets and caves.

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