We learnt that Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A greater honour was awarded to this site when the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation included Halong Bay on its list of nominations as one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders. No wonder we found this place so wonderful!
|The golden dragon figurehead pointing the direction to where we were heading - in search of the descending dragon.|
|The morning sun's rays breaking through to greet us a GOOD morning on the bay.|
|Islands like this tower up to a height of 50-100m|
|There are caves and other landforms on these limestone islands and the larger islands even contain numerous lakes.|
|The still, shallow waters here must make it easy for the fishermen to get a big haul daily, I presume.|
Small floating fishing villages like this one spring up by the fringes of islands which have hostile towering perpendicular cliffs.
|Wonder if the fishermen go abseiling in their backyard.|
These islands are named for their shapes.
Voi Islet looks like an elephant, Ga Choi Islet resembles a fighting cock!
|What would you name that island in the background?|
Ooh, just look at this image below. So reminiscent of Milford Sound, so serene and mysteriously majestic.
|Scenic wonder...that's Ha Long Bay!|
|The famous formation on the bay, aptly named "The Kissing Rocks"|
|Why would a rock want to kiss another rock? Solve that one for me, please.|
|I like this formation. A fish head followed by its body?|
I am not one for scaling heights, but I didn't want to miss the view from the vantage point, so I bravely inched my way up (literally!) and was rewarded with these precious images. A view worth the knee-shaking, vertigo-inducing climb down the cliff-side.
Just too beautiful for words.
For Watery Wednesday: