, literally translated to "Descending Dragon," was established in 1993. It is currently the capital city of the province of Quang Ninh in Vietnam
, as well as its first-class provincial city. Hạ Long is located on the Hạ Long Bay to the East of Hanoi.
Hạ Long is home to the most beautiful glittering waters and numerous rainforest-covered islands. Hạ Long Bay is an intricate stretch of these islands, which are often covered in mist, making quite a magnificent sight for visitors. The northern coast of Hạ Long is the jump-off point for this lovely Hạ Long Bay.
The Bai Chay District in Hạ Long forms the departure point for the junk boats that usually are touring the bay. Bai Chay District also has a beautiful synthetic beach, where swimming and all water activities are a common occurrence with the locals and visitors. There are casinos too, as well as cafes and eating joints. Visitors find accommodation from the simple hostel-like apartments to the complex-set high-end resorts.
Hon Gai is the industrial part of the city and can be accessed via a bridge from Bai Chay, making Hạ Long a properly fulfilled city. Most of the beautiful scenic spots of Hạ Long are located offshore on the beautiful towering limestone islands. The magnificence of the stunning emerald water lakes, ancient caves, as well as the underground cavities, brings a remarkable attraction to offshore Hạ Long.
Cat Ba is the biggest island in Hạ Long and cordially attracts tourists to view the rare and endangered langur species which it hosts within the Cat Ba National Park. Within Cat Ba Island, there are numerous scenic beaches, especially at the Cat Co Cove, where visitors have all the fun and relaxing. There is more - the Hospital Cave, an intricate secret carving into a cavern that is believed to have been established in the 1960s for the wartime casualties, is found in the region.
The beautiful coastal Hạ Long city is located conveniently on the Hạ Long Bay, prime for economic, tourism, and security hubs in Vietnam. The climate of Hạ Long is humid and tropical, with two distinct seasons. The summers are hot, very moist, and with high humidity, and the winters are cold and dry.
, Hạ Long experiences a rainy season where most days receive showers, albeit in moderate amounts. Touring the city during this time is still possible but especially early in the days before the rains set in in the afternoons. Tourists enjoy swimming in the warm emerald waters and basking in the hot sun afterward. From November
, Hạ Long experiences a cold and foggy season. During this time, the numerous limestone islands appear misty and intensely attractive. Most tourists visit the islands at this time to enjoy the scenic views.
One of the critical events in Hạ Long is the Tet Festival, otherwise referred to as the Vietnamese New Year. The people of Hạ Long use this time to commemorate the beginning of spring, and it usually falls on varying dates in January
, depending on the Vietnamese calendar. Local delicacies are prepared as part of the activities, and people feast throughout as well as share presents and giveaways.
On the first day of April, Hạ Long holds the Fishing Village Festival on the Cat Ba Island, the biggest of the Islands. The festival includes a lot of activities, some of which are traditional dances and music performance shows, tug of a struggle for the boats, windsurfing competitions, swimming, and even the dragon boat races.