“Halong Bay and Islands and Sea Tourism of Vietnam” to open on September 1st at the National Library, Hanoi. Nearly 1,000 documents and books, maps, photos, CDs, documentaries since the beginning of the 20th century featuring the strength, potentiality and beauty of the Vietnamese islands and sea will be displayed at an exhibition.
These documents also include files confirming the role of Vietnam’s islands and sea, documents relating to the international law of the sea, Vietnam’s law of islands and sea, sea route network, ports and interesting sea tourism destinations throughout Vietnam.
The opening ceremony of the 10-day exhibition is accompanied with a book collection campaign for troops and civilians in island districts of Vietnam and a competition to find out the beauty of Vietnam’s islands and sea via books. The exhibition is in response to the “National Tourism Year 2011” under the theme “Islands and Sea Tourism” and the campaign to vote for Halong Bay as one of the New Seven World’s Natural Heritages.
The permanent beauty of Ha Long is created by three factors: stone, water and sky. Ha Long’s island system is multicolored with a variety of shapes and can be regarded as a water-color, a work of art. The islands, scattered all round, have different shapes which provoke the imagination: Dinh Huong (Incense Burner) implies spiritual significance, Ga Choi (Fighting Cocks) the symbol of Viet Nam tourism, Con Coc (Toad) recalls the passage of time, waiting thousands of years to seek justice in Heaven. There are islands that resemble a resplendent throne, a Vietnamese mother’s curved back carrying her child, a roof, an old man, a human head and so on.