Will Vietnam’s Cat Ba get World Heritage Status?

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will sign and submit documents of Cat Ba archipelago to UNESCO for recognition as a world natural heritage site. The Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry in collaboration with the UNESCO National Commission of Vietnam to proceed with necessary formalities to submit the documents to the international body. Located in the south of Ha Long Bay, the archipelago has includes 367 islands of different sizes, of which Cat Ba is the largest. The park is home to more than 700 species of flora and fauna, including rare trees and endangered animals. Its forests remain largely untouched. Recently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has decided to rank Cat Ba archipelago in Cat Hai district, Hai Phong city as the national heritage status. This is a meaningful event for Hai Phong which has been preparing for 2013 National Tourism Year of the Red River Delta.

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Cat Ba Spanning Island

Cat Ba Spanning Island VietnamCat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the south-eastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay. It is commonly used as an overnight hotel stop on tours to Ha Long Bay run by travel agents from Hanoi. This island belongs to Haiphong city - the most famous city of industry in Vietnam. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity.

Cat Ba Spanning Island
Cat Ba Spanning Island

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