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BINH DINH

Binh Dinh, a coastal province of South Central Vietnam, with chief town the port city of Quy Nhon,1065km south of Hanoi, 649km north of Ho Chi Minh City. The province stretches 110 km north south, with an average width of 55 km. Binh Dinh shares the border with Quang Ngai in the North, Phu Yen in the South, Gia Lai in the West and has a coastline of 134 km in the East. The easternmost point is Nhon Chau (Cu Lao Xanh islet), an administrative unit of Quy Nhon city.
 
Area: 6,050.6 km2
 
Population: 1,497,300 ihnabitants (2011) composed of a majority of Kinh, Cham, Bahnar and Hre ethnic minorities (25 000 people)
 
Topography: the topography of Binh Dinh province can be divided into four areas:
 
*** Mountains in the west and northwest of the province. The majority of slopes is over 20o. All the rivers in the province originate in this area. This is where the source of the rivers in the province. The mountain ranges have north - south direction and steep slopes. A lot of mountainous areas are close to the sea creating capes next to the shore along with narrow strips of sand. This feature has made the coastal terrain become a system of low mountain ranges intermixed with sand dunes and lagoons;
 
*** Hills between western and eastern plains;
 
*** Flat areas consisted of small plains due to the terrain and climate. The alluvial plains are located in the river basins or coastal areas and are separated from the sea by the lagoon, the sand hills or mountains with an average altitude of 25-50m. The alluvial delta of Kon river downstream is the largest of the province,  the remaining small plains  are set along the rivers or along the foothills and coastal areas;
 
*** The coastal area is composed of sand dunes forming a narrow range of dunes  running along the coast with an average width of about 2 km, with regular changes of shape and size.
 
Rivers: the province has four major rivers: Con, Lai Giang, Ha Thanh and  La Tinh along with small rivers as Chau Truc  or Tam Quan. In addition to the rivers is a system of small streams formed during flood season and a network of rivers in mountainous regions to facilitate the development of irrigation and hydropower. Especially Thi Nai lagoon is favorable for the development of national seaports and contributes to the development of Nhon Hoi Economic Zone. The lagoon is also known with the longest sea-crossing bridge in Vietnam.
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Administrative units: Binh Đinh is divided into 11 administrative units: 1 city (Quy Nhon), 1 town ( An Nhon) and 9 rural districts.
 
Climate: Binh Dinh’s climate is tropical, humid, influenced by monsoon.
The average annual temperature in mountainous areas vary from 20.1 to 26.10C, the highest is 31.70C and the lowest is 16.50C. In coastal areas, the average temperature is 27.00C, the highest 39.90C, the lowest 15.80C. The main rainy season begins from September and ends in December. In mountainous regions, there is one more rainy season from May to August, due to the effects of monsoon in the highlands. The dry season lasts from January to August .
 
Sights of interest:
 
Binh Dinh is a land of history and ancient culture, still keeping a lot of cultural works, both material and intangible. In fact it was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Champa, as 7 complex of Cham towers with unique architecture still remaining on Binh Đinh. This is also the place of Tay Son Uprising, the hometown of national hero Quang Trung. When visiting Binh Đinh, tourists will have opportunity to see martial arts performances with 12 wardrums.
With its long coastline, tourists can profit from numerous beautiful beaches, as well as participating to sea games activities.
 
 
                                                         Tay Son martial arts                                    Quy Nhon Sea
 
The Museum of Quang Trung, 50 km northwest of Quy Nhon city, at Kien My village, Binh Thanh Commune, Tay Son District. The museum was built in 1978 with an ancient architectural design. There are 9 galleries with important relics related to the Tay Son insurrection. Located in Quang Trung complex is the temple dedicated to the 3 Tay Son brothers and their generals, built on the foundation of the Tay Son old house by the people’s donations in 1958 and completed in 1960. 2 precious remaining relics are a tamarind tree and a well, dated back from the Tay Son brothers’ childhood.
 
 
The complex of Cham towers: Binh Dinh was the capital of the Champa Kingdom from the 10th to 16th century and the proof of this golden age is the towers still standing firm, with domes covered with moss.
 
The Twin Towers ( also known as Hung Thanh towers ), built in the late 12th century, located in Dong Da Ward, Quy Nhon city, is one of the beautiful and unique architecture consisting of 2 towers (the main tower is 20m high, the other 18m high).
The  Twin Towers is classified as "unique" art of Champa architecture. Both towers are not square as the traditional multi- level tower but consist of two main parts: the main part  is a square pyramid with an arched dome, the towers corners are Garuda sacred birds with arms raising to support the tower roof, the top tower soaring up as arrows.
 
 
Banh It Tower (also named Silver Tower), built in the late 11th  and the early 12th century in Phuoc Hiep hamlet,  Phuoc Tuy commune, on top of a hill situated between two tributaries Tan An and Cau Ganh, next to National Highway 1A, 20 km from Quy Nhon city. This is a complex consisting of 4 towers, looking like a  glutinous three- cornered rice cake (Banh It). Each tower is a distinct architecture. On the top of each tower is a stone statue of Shiva. In terms of art, among all remaining vestiges of Cham towers in Vietnam, Banh It tower reflects a varied architecture  with high artistic value.
 
 
Duong Long Tower  (or  Ivory Tower), located in Binh Hoa Commune, Tay Son district, 50km from Quy Nhon city, was built in the late 12th century, during the development of the most brilliant period of Cham sculpture.
The tower is a complex of 3 (the central tower is 24m high, the towers on both sides are 22m high). The towers reflect a carved sculptural virtuosity.
 
 
Canh Tien Tower, built in the 16th century at Nhon Hau commune, An Nhon district. A special feature of Canh Tien Tower is part of the column wall enclosed with purple sandstone and carved with twisted rope pattern. The tower has an elegant and solemn style, all the 4 roof levels have small levels at the corners, resembling flying birds and fairies’ wings. 
 
 
Phu Loc Tower (or Gold Tower) in Thanh Nhon commune, An Nhon district , 35km north of Quy Nhon city. Stood at the foot of the tower, visitors can see a panoramic spectacular scenery.
 
 
Binh Lam Tower, is situated at Phuoc Hoa commune, Tuy Phuoc district, 22km from Quy Nhon city. The tower is square, having 10 meters on each side  and  a height of 20m, divided into 3 floors  decorated with fine patterns. The architecture is harmonious with graceful style.
 
               
Hoang Hau‘s Beach (Queen's Beach, also known as Eggs Beach). Under Nguyen dynasty, the last Nguyen Queen, Nam Phuong, spends her holidays and bathes at this beach. This beach is located in scenic Ghenh Rang tourist spot,  in a 35 hectares area, 3 km southeast of Quy Nhon city. Out of swimming at the beach, tourists can visit Han Mac Tu poet’s grave, or ship to Hon Đat Bi island  to explore the numberless  caves.
 
 
Ham Ho scenic spot, 55km north of Quy Nhon, at Phu My hamlet, Tay Phu commune, Tay Son District, just at the meeting point of Dong Huu and Cat tributaries. This scenic spot stretches approximately along 3 km of the river, both sides with numberless stones, some placed upright like a wall, some piled up into heaps, some other have sharp jagged form as swords upright. The diversity of  rocks gives you the sensation to have a monumental sculpture in front of you. The real beauty of Ham Ho is located in the riverbed. With only an approximative width of 30 m, the riverbed is dotted with multiform granite cylinders. In autumn, at shallow water, when the sky is clear and blue, the sun shines down, the granite stones sparkle as thousand of diamonds with different shapes. Visitors can have a boat cruise up the river to admire the beauty of Ham Ho.
 
 
Thi Nai lagoon is the largest one of Binh Dinh province, situated northeast of Quy Nhon, with a distance of 10km, a width of nearly 4 kilometers with many popular types of fresh and nutritious seafood. Near the west bank of the lagoon is a small mountain, on which is a small shrine created by fishermen to worship the water deity, called the Kingfisher temple (as Kingfisher frequently gathered on the rocks), giving a more vivid and fascinating landscape to the lagoon. Located east of the lagoon, such as a giant screen is Phuong Mai Peninsula, with a 15km-mountain range running  to the sea, looking  like a dragon head. Thi Nai lagoon and Phuong Mai peninsula had been important military defensive positions of the Tay Son army. Nowadays, the 7km - bridge crossing the lagoon, linking Qui Nhon to Phuong Mai peninsula, attracts more visitors to Qui Nhon.
 
 
Hon Kho islet, located approximately 6km from Qui Nhon city, served as a giant screen for Nhon Hai fishing village. During rough season, Hon Kho islet is covered with tall white waves. In calm season, Hon Dry welcomes visitors on long fine sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs, green lawns and freshwater from cracked cliff. Visiting Hon Kho islet, tourists can go to Nhon Hai fishing village for diving and snorkeling as well as enjoying the fresh coastal cuisine with Bau Đa wine.
 
Cu Lao xanh island: approximately 24km from the mainland, after 50 minutes by high- speed boat from the fishing port of Quy Nhon, tourists can reach Cu Lao Xanh. It is a small island located in the East Sea, covered by green color of the  trees and the blue color of the sea. Nature is still authentic with ranges of mountains, piled up stones, coral reefs, underground rocks. Visitors can also visit the lighthouse built by the French in 1890, still used to locate fishing boats on the sea.
 
 
Heaven and Earth plarform, located on An Son mountains of Hoa Son village, Binh Tuong commune, Tay Son district. The platform is situated on the highest peak of An Son mountains, consisting of 3 levels: circular top floor called Vien Dan, 2nd square floor called Phuong Dan, and square bottom floor protected by 4 laterite wall entrances in 4 directions. The main direction is in the south and opens to a 3-entrance gate, inside which is a stone screen; the three other directions consist of 4 triumphal arches in a straight line where rituals will take place before offering sacrifies. There is also Tien Te - Phuong Dinh altar, symbolizing the harmony between Heaven and Earth, between Yin and Yang and where the copy of Tay Son commands is placed. In a rectangular space behind is an altar dedicated to the 3 Tay Son brothers.
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