The Sea Monoliths

Asia, Landscape, Nature, Travel

This is Hạ Long Bay, or Descending Dragon Bay in English. Legend says that the Gods sent a family of dragons to protect and assist the Vietnamese in defending their country. Magically, many rock mountains abruptly appeared on the sea causing the invading ships to strike the rocks. After the battle was won, the dragons decided to live in this bay and the place where the Mother Dragon descended was named Hạ Long.

halong bay, vietnamThe Bay is famous for these monolithic islands. They’re composed of limestone, number around 1600 and are topped with thick jungle vegetation. The spectacular monoliths are, not surprisingly, a popular tourist destination. Less widely known is that Hạ Long Bay is home to a thriving community who live in floating houses. A sort of Vietnamese Venice:)  Location: Halong Bay, Northeastern Vietnam

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