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Hai Phong Overview:

Haiphong is the third largest city in Viet Nam and was one of the principal Ports and Trade Centers of Viet Nam. It is around 102km from Ha Noi to the East. It borders Quang Ninh to the North, Hai Duong Province to the West, and Thai Binh Province to the South.
Hai phong has many temples, pagodas, mausoleums and shrines such as ancient Du Hang Pagoda, Nghe Temple, Hang Kenh Communal House... Haiphong is on tourism route: Hanoi - Haiphong - Halong Bay. Do Son Beach, located 20km from Haiphong, is a sand strip for bathing. However, during the monsoon season, the Red River's alluvial sands cause the water to turn yellow. From Do Son, tourist can visit Cat Ba National Park, and continue to Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay (Quang Ninh Province).
Hai phong is served by an important transportation network of sea routes, roads, railways, and airlines.
It is very easy to reach Hai Phong by lands, roads, railways and Airlines.
The most special attractive site for tourist is Cat Ba Island. There are ferries from Hai phong to Cat Ba Island several times a day. The hydrofoil boats run between Haiphong - Cat Ba and Hai phong - Hon Gai. The high-speed air-condition Thong Nhat Boat leave daily from Hai phong to Cat Ba.




Tourist Attractions in Hai Phong

Do Son beach

Do Son beach

Being is one of the well-known beaches in the north of Vietnam, Do Son is a small peninsular formed by the stretch of Rong Mountain to the sea. Ranges of mountains and hills with forests of pine trees cover this lovely beach. In addition to that natural beauty, the human-made infrastructure here is admirable with restaurants, hotels, houses, roads and water supply as well as a perfect electricity supplying system. The zigzag roads along the mountains, and pine forests make the beach a rare beauty in the tropical region.
There are 4 *&5* Resorts at Do Son Beach and a Casino for foreigners to enjoy their stay.



Du Hang Pagoda

Du Hang Pagoda

Du Hang Pagoda is concerned as a relic of Hai Phong City. That is an ancient Pagoda which was built under the Ly Dynasty and was renovated in the 17th century and rebuilt and built more objects in 19th century.
Inside the pagoda are several statues, valuable relics such as bronze tripods and gongs, are also kept in the pagoda.



Hang Kenh Communal House

Hang Kenh Communal House

Hang Kenh Communal House, also referred to as Nhan Tho Communal House in Sino-Vietnamese. Built in 1717, Hang Kenh Communal House was later expanded in 1905. The main front hall, also called "dai dinh", connects to the back part through a tiled roof bridge.
There are lots of valuable items in the communal house, of which there are 156 pieces with a dragon as the main theme. Altogether, there are 308 dragons of different shapes and sizes.
Every year from the 16th to 18th of the second lunar month, ritual ceremonies, festivals, traditional games and performances of "cheo", "tuong" and other folk songs are held at the communal house, attracting large crowds.



Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found on Cat Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Ha Long Bay, with roughly 13,000 inhabitants living in six different communes, and 4,000 more inhabitants living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The large majority of the population can be found in Cat Ba Town which is located at the southern tip of the Island (15 km south of the national park) and is the commercial center on the Island. Since 1997, Cat Ba Town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay.
Cat Ba Island now is one of the most attractive place for whom to like nature and of the beaten track.



Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park

Cát Bà National Park is an important national park in northern Vietnam. Cát Bà is situated in Ha Long Bay, is administered by the city of Hai Phong, and belongs to the Cát Hải District of Hai Phong.
The park is located approximately 30 km east of Haiphong, covering about 263 km2 and comprising 173 km2 land and 90 km2 of inshore water.
Cat Ba National Park is a special-use forests in Vietnam, the world's biosphere reserve.
There is a forest type is the type of evergreen tropical rain forest, but due to terrain conditions, land and water regimes, so there is some kind of secondary forests: forests on limestone mountains, mangrove forests along the island , freshwater marsh forest on the mountain. Forests here are also many unique types of forests as ecological associations Kim Affairs (in the region near the peak of Ngu Lam) And the single best (Frog Pond area).
Botanical ingredients are 741 different species, many trees you as son of, while flowers, lim flashed, chestnut flower delivery needle, white type, for the great, the world only in the Himalayas, flooded plants 23 saltwater species, 75 species of seaweed, 199 species of phytoplankton.
Garden area is available on 282 species including 32 mammals, 78 birds, 20 reptiles and amphibians, 11 species of amphibians. Special Cat Ba langur species (scientific name: Trachypithecus poliocephalus poliocephalus subspecies), ie the golden langur (a number of documents that white-headed langur is wrong, scientific name: Trachypithecus poliocephalus leucocephalus subspecies found only in China) is Narrow endemic species of Cat Ba, currently only 66 individuals, only distributed in the coastal mountains (according to data provided by FPD Cat Ba National Park, 2007). 98 species of zooplankton, 196 species of marine fish, 177 species of coral. Source: Wikipedia



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