Travel Announcement: Halong Bay – Cat Ba Declared a Magnificent World Heritage Site
We are thrilled to announce a momentous occasion for nature enthusiasts and travel aficionados worldwide. The official recognition of Halong Bay and the Cat Ba archipelago as World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Nestled in the captivating landscapes of Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City in Vietnam, this extraordinary archipelago complex has been bestowed with a prestigious title that celebrates its unparalleled natural wonders. The declaration was made during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held on September 16. This remarkable achievement marks the first inter-provincial and city World Heritage Site in Vietnam, setting a new benchmark for conservation and management efforts. Join us as we unveil the enchanting allure of Halong Bay and Cat Ba, and explore the journey that led to their well-deserved recognition.
It is with great pride that we announce the official recognition of Halong Bay and Cat Ba archipelago as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The eagerly anticipated declaration took place during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 16. Led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Thu Hien, Director of the Cultural Heritage Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the Vietnamese delegation participated in this momentous occasion, commemorating a milestone in the preservation of our planet’s natural wonders.
The ceremony served as a tribute to the awe-inspiring landscapes and ecological significance of the Halong Bay – Cat Ba archipelago complex. Located in Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City, these regions boast a mesmerizing tapestry of natural marvels that captivate the imagination. Towering limestone islands, adorned with verdant vegetation, rise majestically from the turquoise waters. The dramatic limestone peaks and ethereal karst formations, including enchanting caves and magnificent arches, add to the area’s mystique and allure.
A History of Distinction:
The UNESCO recognition bestowed upon Halong Bay and Cat Ba is not their first encounter with acclaim. Halong Bay, in particular, has been previously acknowledged as a World Natural Heritage Site, receiving this honor in both 1994 and 2000. The nomination process for the Cat Ba Archipelago began in 2013, focusing on its exceptional biodiversity and robust ecosystems. Following a rigorous evaluation process, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommended the inclusion of Halong Bay, based on several criteria, including its outstanding universal value (vii) and the potential for harmonizing both Halong Bay and the Cat Ba Archipelago (viii and x).
Preserving Natural Majesty:
The designation of Halong Bay – Cat Ba as a World Heritage Site holds immense significance for Vietnam and the global community. It underscores our unwavering commitment to protect and nurture our natural treasures. This recognition serves as a shining example of successful inter-provincial and city collaboration in the preservation, management, and promotion of World Heritage Sites.
Visitors to Halong Bay and Cat Ba are rewarded with an unforgettable experience. As they embark on a journey through the emerald waters, they are greeted by a breathtaking panorama of towering limestone karsts that defy gravity. Each island is a masterpiece, adorned with a lush tapestry of vegetation, creating an idyllic and ethereal atmosphere. Nature enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to explore the mesmerizing caves and hidden grottoes that punctuate the landscape, each revealing a unique story waiting to be unveiled.
The Value of Recognition:
The UNESCO recognition of Halong Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago as a World Heritage Site holds profound significance. It highlights the exceptional universal value of this region and reinforces the need for sustainable tourism practices. This recognition opens up avenues for increased global awareness, attracting visitors from around the world to experience the captivating beauty of Halong Bay and Cat Ba while fostering a sense of responsibility for their preservation.
Halong Bay and the Cat Ba Archipelago now proudly stand among the world’s most cherished natural heritage sites. The UNESCO recognition pays homage to the captivating beauty, ecological significance, and rich biodiversity of these Vietnamese treasures. As visitors embark on a journey through Halong Bay’s emerald waters and explore Cat Ba’s enchanting landscapes, they become part of a legacy of preservation and appreciation for these awe-inspiring wonders. Let us embrace the newfound status of Halong Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago as World Heritage Site and endeavor to protect and promote their unique value for generations to come.