2 Vietnamese sites among world top 20 gorgeous natural wonders

July 3, 2015 10:46 am 

HO CHI MINH CITY, July 3 — Vietnam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and Ha Long Bay are among the world's top 20 gorgeous natural wonders, the U.S. news site Business Insider has said.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located in the middle of the Annamite Mountain Range in central Quang Binh province, is home to the oldest karst formations in Asia. Dating back over 400 million years, it contains 104 km of caves and underground rivers.

Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of northern Vietnam, is made up of about 1,600 islands and islets of limestone pillars. According to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a majority of the islands are uninhabited by people due to their extremely steep nature.

The UNESCO currently has 1,007 World Heritage Sites on its official list. Places that receive the iconic UNESCO seal are chosen based on their cultural significance, their standing as a natural wonder, or both. (PNA/Xinhua)

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