Vietnam – Halong Bay


It’s April of 2021 and Day 22 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 22 Country: Vietnam

“Ha long” means a descending dragon. Halong bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination where travelers can take a boat ride to appreciate this natural wonder and breath-taking natural landscapes. The significant part of the bay is thousands of limestone karsts and isles in numerous shapes and sizes. The limestones have gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. Hạlong Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species which think is astounding. The bay consists of around 1600 limestone monolithic islands each topped with thick jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the ocean. There are also abundant lakes in these limestone islands.

Credits: by Taewangkorea – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83218

Poem:

I wonder sometimes,
How does the earth,
Smile, rejoice, cry?
Does it smile,
Painting landscapes?
Does it rejoice, in flowers?
Does it cry,
Looking at us?

Every emotion is balanced with other. Beauty and the beast are always together.