Ceremony marks 20th anniversary of Ha Long Bay’s second recognition as UNESCO site

Monday, 2020-01-13 11:45:42
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NDO – A ceremony was held in Quang Ninh Province on January 12 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ha Long Bay being recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO for the second time.

Ha Long Bay was officially inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage list for its outstanding universal aesthetic value on December 17, 1994.

Six years later, in 2000, the landscape was honoured for a second time when it was recognised by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site for its outstanding geological and geomorphological value.

The ceremony included colourful arts performances highlighting the value of Ha Long Bay as well as the land and culture of Quang Ninh Province.

At the event, the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee announced the National Assembly Standing Committee’s resolution on merging Hoanh Bo District into Ha Long City.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of National Assembly Uong Chu Luu applauded the socio-economic achievements of Quang Ninh Province over recent years as well as its progress in ensuring social welfare, maintaining defence and security, and promoting international cooperation.

He stated that two decades after Ha Long Bay received it’s UNESCO status, it has become a trademark of Quang Ninh Province’s tourism and a preferred option for visitors from both at home and abroad.

He noted that the merging of Hoanh Bo District into Ha Long City will create more favourable conditions for Quang Ninh Province to fully tap its potentials and advantages for further development.

It will also help to promote the value of Ha Long Bay while contributing to building Ha Long into a more attractive seaside city for tourists, he added.