Halong Bay, Vietnam
Nov 28 2001

A UNESCO world heritage site, Halong bay off the coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin, is the north's premier tourist destination. The name Ha Long translates as 'where the dragon descends into the sea' referring to the story of the bay's creation. A giant dragon living in the northwestern mountains plunged into the water here, his flailing tail carved out the formations you can see above. In recent years tourists and locals alike have had numerous sightings of some great sea creature in the area. Hunting the Tarasque, as the beast has come to be known, provides even more incentive to visit the beautiful bay.


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