A ceremony to announce Ha Long Bay as one of the world’s seven new wonders of nature will be held in Hanoi on April 27 and in northern coastal Quang Ninh province on May 1.
In Hanoi on March 30, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that the New 7 Wonders Foundation will bring two steles with the name of Ha Long Bay to the event to be installed in Hanoi and Quang Ninh province.
The ceremony will be attended by ambassadors of six countries who are the owners of the world’s other six new wonders of nature.
They are the Amazon in South America, Iguazu Falls of Argentina and Brazil , 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.
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 values.
The 1,553-sq.km bay is dotted with 1,969 islands, which collectively offer an exquisite example of karst formation in tropical and humid conditions. The long evolution and erosion of the bay has produced pyramid-shaped karst towers that gave the bay its unique beauty.
One distinctive feature of Ha Long Bay is its abundant cave system formed between 11,000 to two million years ago.
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 Ha Long groups.