Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

Introducing Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

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Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark has an area of 2,350 square kilometers, spreads over four districts of Ha Giang province: Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh, Quan Ba. Located in the North of Ha Giang province - Vietnam. It is the first Geopark in Vietnam and the second one in Southeast Asia. It shares border with China in the north, total area of over 2.346 km2. The karst plateau is created by at least 80 percent limestone and many fossils of ancient creatures species from 400 - 600 million years ago. Its average elevation is 1,400 - 1,600 meters above sea level. Scientists have discovered 33 tectonic and 45 geomorphology heritage sites, and several fossils in sedimentary rock. It also provides the province with plenty of attractions for tourists, helping increase the income of the indigenous people.

The majestic and beautiful mountains will greet tourists who enter Quan Ba District from Ha Giang City. The scenic land travel through 4C Highway is also as rewarding as entering the Quan Ba District. The land travel through the rocky plateau provides a breathtaking view of Can Ty Pass. Dong Van consists of 80% limestone, and is one of the most well-known karst formations in Vietnam with its towering and breathtaking boulders. The boulders were shaped through years of environmental conditions and levels of development. The rocks come in different sizes and shapes such as flowers, petals, gardens (Khau Vai Rock Garden), or in a tiger-like shape (Lung Co Rock Garden). There is also a renowned rock garden known as Van Chai, which is recognized for its beautiful landscape.

Besides the breathtaking scenery, Dong Van Karst Plateau attracts myriads of visitors with their cultural heritage and spiritual values connected to ethnic groups such as the Lo Lo, Mong, and Dao. The locals use stones to build their houses on the plateau. They also use carved stone to grow and harvest corn. The mountainside is transformed into a vast terrace of rice. The majesty and beauty of Dong Van Plateau is not only seen in its natural rock formations but also its cultural heritage from ethnic groups such as the Lo Lo, H’Mong, and Dao. These ethnic groups often wear colorful, traditional costumes.

Dong Van Karst Plateau’s unique landscape has earned it the title of Geological Park of Vietnam and is included in the list of Geoparks of the World by the end of 2010. The karst plateau is a special limestone mountain that has plenty of historical landmarks that were formed by tectonic movements and the customs of the indigenous tribes.

Dong Van Karst Plateau has all of the makings of a global geopark. The plateau is also home to national relics namely the Mansion of the Vuong family, Ma Li Peng Pass, Lung Cu Flag Pole, ancient Dong Van, and Quan Ba Twin Mountain. It is unique combination between Geoheritages and cutural heritages. Which has created great potential for tourism and attracted many visitor within and outside country.

Being in Dong Van Karst Plateau, you can do trekking, biking, motorbiking or a lot of interesting activities. You can visit some village of ethnic people, do trekking with a lot of wonderful landscape...

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