Hạ Long Bay adjoins the Gulf of Tonkin. The land around it is karst, or limestone. The interaction of limestone and acid water form caves, mountains that go straight up into the air, and other interesting formations. It's one of the most beautiful areas of Vietnam, and a popular destination. The area looks very similar to Guilin in southern China, which is not that far away.
|Hạ Long Bay
With mountains in the mist.
There are fanciful legends about many of the mountains.
|Inlet with floating houses.|
Note the TV aerial.
|More floating houses
It pays to keep an eye on the kids.
|Temple and grotto|
|Temple in grotto|
On the way to see the large cave below, we peered in to someone's home. Unlike Neanderthal dwellings, this one has a stereo, television and furniture. It would have been great to get a closeup, but there were people in bed and snoring at noon.
Paved floor and colored lights courtesy of the Chinese, presumably the same people as the ones who did Reed Flute Cave in Guilin. The penguin waste baskets were uniquely Vietnamese.