30.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Ha Long Bay World Natural Heritage Site


Ha Noi, 30 May 2014 - A ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Ha Long Bay’s recognition as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site will be held in October in Quang Ninh Province.

The event will reflect the Province’s political, socio-economic, and cultural achievements as well as its important role in the introduction and promotion of images of Ha Long Bay to the world. It also offers an opportunity for domestic and international visitors to visit the Bay and join in the management and preservation of the Site for future generations.

The event will include various activities such as an official anniversary celebration, an international workshop, and photo competitions as well as activities related to the exchange programme between other World Heritage Sites in Vietnam. A yearbook on the 20th anniversary and a documentary film titled 'Ha Long Bay - 20 years of World Natural Heritage' will be introduced to the public on this occasion. In addition, a march will take place to call for the preservation and promotion of the site’s values while an environmental day and writing and painting contests about the Bay will also be launched.

Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh Province in northeast Vietnam, covering an area of 1,553 sq. km and comprising 1,969 islands. It is best known for the thousand islands scattered across its emerald water. In 1994, this dramatic beauty prompted UNESCO to inscribe Ha Long Bay as a World Natural Heritage Site for its exceptional natural beauty. Again, in November 2000, it was recognized by UNESCO for its geological and geomorphological value.


For more information, please contact:

Mrs. Pham Thuy Duong

Director of Ha Long Bay Management Department

Email: phthuyduonghalongbay@gmail.com; doingoai.hl@gmail.com

Tel.: +84 (9) 12 21 06 18

Duong Bich Hanh

Culture Programme Coordinator

UNESCO Ha Noi Office 23, Cao Ba Quat Street

E-mail: db.hanh@unesco.org

Tel.: +84 (4) 37 47 02 75

Cell: +84 (9) 04 88 22 18

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