Now that its official and Ha Long Bay has been accepted as one of the Seven new wonders of nature, there will be an official ceremony in both Hanoi and Quang Ninh providence to announce and celebrate Ha Long Bay’s Seven New Wonder status.
The first Ceremony will be held in Hanoi on 27 April and the second in Quang Ninh province Ha Long Bay on 1 May 2012, at both ceremonies the New 7 Wonders Foundation will bring a plaque which will be installed at both sites.
This Ceremony will also be attended by officials of the 6 other countries that were awarded Seven New Wonder of the natural world status
Along with Ha Long Bay Vietnam the following natural atractions were also given new wonder status
- 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
- 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.