National Geographic’s travel site has published top 10 Valentine’s Day Retreats. In the list of 10 destinations, the fairly land of Halong Bay is selected with other places around the world.
Just 165 km from the capital of Hanoi, Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Quang Ninh Province, in the northeast of Vietnam. Most of the area is uninhabited and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular and amazing seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a wet and warm tropical climate. The property’s exceptional scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
The outstanding value of the property is centered on the drowned limestone karst landforms, displaying spectacular pillars with a diversity of coastal erosional features such as caves and arches which form majestic natural scenery.
The repeated transgression and regression of the sea on the limestone karst over geological time has produced a mature landscape of clusters of isolated towers and conical peaks which were modified by sea invasion, adding an extra element to the process of lateral undercutting of the limestone towers and islands.