Professor, Doctor Jan Masschelein from Leuven University, Belgium has researched geology of caves and grottos in the mountainous areas in Northern Vietnam for over 15 years. He said discoveries on Dong Van Plateau by scientists showed that the plateau is a world’s natural heritage that needs to be preserved. Therefore, not only local people but also nature lovers should take responsibility for preserving, embellishing and developing it for benefits of the people.
Promoting economic and tourist development
love story. The market is not only a rendezvous of men and women who can not become husbands and wives but also a meeting place of young people. The market has become an attractive destination for domestic and foreign visitors. Stones are available everywhere, in the terrace fields and in the home, where rice mortars, beds and horse stables are made of stones. The most beautiful feature is the earthen-walled houses surrounded by a stone barricade of the Mong ethnic people.
We visited Dong Van Plateau several times and each time we had a different feeling due to its distinct seasons. It is warm in winter and cool in summer. In the rice ripening season, the terrace fields in Hoang Su Phi constitute an emotive artistic work. The weather is favourable for growing fruit trees, such as peach, pear, plum and apple as well as precious medicinal plants, such as Eucommea, Tsaoko, Duong quy, Slipper plant, Job’s tears and Shan tuyet tea. These products have created the potential for the plateau to develop.
Visit Dong Van Plateau you will enjoy and never forget its beauty bestowed by nature.
Dong Van Plateau is one of the special limestone areas which are connected with the development of the earth’s crust and have outstanding natural values, such as sediments with imprints of palaeobiological fossils including thousands of species, 120 varieties and 17 groups of creatures. Layers of limestone totalling up to 4,000m dated from the Cambri Age about 545 million years ago. Scientists have discovered hundreds of valuable heritage sites, including 4 reference cross-sections, 8 important geological events of regional and global dimension, 25 geomorphologic heritages, 23 structural-tectonic heritages, 11 paleontologic- stratigraphic heritages and hundreds of caves and grottos, of them many have tourist values.
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