Rocky Gardens on the Plateau reported by LUXURY TRAVEL

The mighty rocky mountains and the endless stretches of fields mixing the fresh colours of corn and other crops constitute the mysterious attractive vitality of nature and culture on Dong Van Plateau.
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Oct. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- As Dong Van Plateau has high geological diversity and suffers from climate change, karst evolution process has created various "rocky gardens and forests”. The illustrations include Khau Vai (Meo Vac) rocky garden which has flower-shaped, flower bud-shaped rocky pyramid and Lung Pu (Meo Vac) garden which is characterised by dragon-roll-shaped, tiger-sit-shaped rock pyramid along with lichens and orchids, making the garden extremely attractive and impressive. Van Chai rocky garden is home to the overlapping round-shape rocks which look like a thousand black seals leaning against each other on the beach, giving the viewer a surprise. Among these, pyramid-shaped mountains following each other giving the feeling reaching the sky are the most popular, making the plateau a majestic grandeur. Cave and cavern system in Dong Van Plateau is the product of karst evolution process and has become the tourist attractions including Dragon Cave in Sang Tung (Dong Van), Kho My cave in Tung Vai (Quan Ba), and En cavern in Van Chai (Dong Van).

Dong Van plateau is highly appreciated by scientists for its unique and diverse ecological system. Primary forest remains relatively intact with many kinds of timber, forest products and other valuable medicinal species such as rocky pine, chestnut, bean, cardamom and mushroom. Especially, on the rocky deserts of Dong Van plateau, there are as many as 40 orchid species. Dong Van plateau is also home to over 50 species of mammals, birds and reptiles such as chamois, langur, wild boar, civet, squirrel, and forest chicken which create the lively beauty in the plateau.

Besides the value of geology, geomorphology and landscape, Dong Van Plateau also contains the traditional cultural values ​​of ethnic minorities namely Hmong, Dao, Lot Lot, and the Pu Peo. People in Dong Van Plateau live among the rocks, moving rocks to build houses, carving rocks to find fresh water. Rocks are made into fences surrounding villages. Rock is used to retain water and soil for terraces and made into citadels to protect the country's borders. In this very place, when bending down we can see cat-ear rocks and looking up the sky, we enjoy the space covered with the gray rocks.

Mixed with the gray of rocks are the green of the cornfields and the yellow of paddy fields. Corn planted on the rock, closely clinging to the rock to churn out its products. The mighty rocky mountains and the endless stretches of fields mixing the fresh colours of corn and other crops constitute the mysterious attractive vitality of nature and culture which brings tourists from far away todiscover this remote northern area.

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Geo-heritages date from the Cambrian (about 550 million years ago) to the present and include palaeobiology, stratigraphy, geomophology, tectonics, karst, caves, etc. Diverse fossils were identified such as brachiopods (eurispirifer tonkinesis), trilobites, ancient fishes, crinoidea... and fossilized paths of molluscs. One can also observe rocks that provide evidence of two large biological crises in the past: the 360 million years ago late Devonian Frasnian – Famennian crisis; and the Permo – Trias mass extension 250 million years ago.The geopark has two natural conservation areas rich in fauna and flora species such as conifers, Asian black bear, Southern serow (a solitary mountain goat) and many species of bird. Moreover, the unusual and mysterious Tonkin snub-nosed monkey is one of the 25 most endangered species of primate in the world. It is only found in Ha Giang province and was believed extinct until its rediscovery in the early 1990s.

Dong Van Geopark is home to 17 ethnic groups which creates the unique and rich cultural heritage of this area. The socio - economic life of the geopark should be improved to achieve the Millennium Development Goals that Vietnam committed. Thus, the management Board of Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark has associated with its partners in seeking support from organizations to develop sustainable tourism, conservation of heritage values and Earth science research. To get there, please visit us at or write to us at
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