Apart from being UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay or Vinh Ha Long in Vietnam is well known as one of the most beautiful natural attraction in the world. The descending dragon bay consists with thousands of isles and limestone karsts of different sizes and shapes, on which will definitely mesmerize anybody who watch them.
Wikipedia has a great legend story to add:
Local legend has it that long ago, when the Vietnamese were fighting Chinese invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to help defend the land. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade. These jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. The people kept their land safe and formed what later became the country of Vietnam. After that, dragons were interested in peaceful sightseeing of the Earth and decided to live here then. The place where Mother Dragon flew down was named Háº¡ Long, the place where the dragon children attended upon their mother was called Bai Tu Long island and the place where the dragon children wriggled their tails violently was calledÂ Bach LongÂ Vy island.
Whether the local legend is true or not, Halong Bay is undeniably the mostÂ beautiful place in the world I have ever seen. Please do enjoy my compilation of Halong Bay magnificent photos. 😀