China Socialist Republic of Vietnam Hanoi Laos Hoang Sa Islands Mainland Cambodia VietnamPhu QuocIsland Con Dao Truong Sa Islands Island
Geography 329,560 sq km Population 85,262,356 (July 2007 est.) Language Vietnamese Independence Day, 2 National holiday September (1945) Capital Hanoi 59 provinces and 5Administrative divisions municipalities Kinh (Viet) 86.2% Ethnic groups & 53 others 13.8%
Breath-taking landscape, Ha Long bay is a world-classed tourist destination.
With its spectacular sight view and miraculous limestone structures…
You can enjoy fresh breeze, along an energetic culture with the hospitability of people.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage, Ha Long bay isranked the First position in the vote for new 7 Wonders of Nature.* *: Data on 7th April 2008 from New7Wonders website: http://www.new7wonders.com
The bay consists of 1,969 limestone monolithic islands,several of the islands has enormous caves.
Đầu Gỗ (Wooden Stakes Cave) is thelargest grotto in Ha Long bay.
Firecracker was once used tothreaten the evil souls and pray forluck; however, the government hasbanned the use of it due to high injuryrate. Nonetheless, the Tet holidayhave never been less exciting.
During the first days of a new year, people always visit relatives, friends,neighbors, and go to pagodas and temples to pray for luck andprosperity. Adults give each other best wishes, while children are oftengiven “lucky money” as a wish for new year.
Nowadays, Vietnamese still follow many old traditions, such as getting a holyletter from scholars, or bring home some small tree branch as a sign for new seeds of success in the following year.