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HAI PHONG

Hai Phong  is a coastal city and northern Vietnam's most important seaport with its deep-water anchorage and large maritime facilities. It’s also an industrial city. Haiphong is also nicknamed "The City of red flamboyant" because of the many flamboyant planted throughout the city.
Hai phong is located downstream of Thai Binh river, with Quang Ninh province on its north and northeast, Hai Duong province on its northwest, Thai Binh province on its southwest, the East sea on its east. Hai Phong is 100km east of Hanoi capital city.
 
 
 
Area: 1,508 km2
 
Population: 1,878,500 people (2011 Census), among which 46.1% are urban population, 53.9% are rural population.
 
Topography: Hai Phong has 2 regions: a midland of plain dotted with hills, descending to the sea in the north, low and relatively flat plain, formed by alluvial sand from 5 major estuaries in the south.
 
Rivers: Hai Phong has 16 rivers spread throughout the city.
Major rivers are: Đa Bac - Bach Dang river: 32 km long, Cam river: 30 km long, Lach Tray river: 45 km long, Van Uc: 35 km long, Thai Binh river, Bach Dang river. There are also many other small rivers located in the urban area of Hong Bang district.
 
Administrative units: Hai Phong is 1 of the 5 municipalities, composed of 7 urban districts, 6 rural districts, 2 island districts.
 
Climate: Haiphong features the subtropical characteristics of northern Vietnam weather: hot, humid and rainy in summer, dry and cold in winter. Therefore there are 4 distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The average temperature in summer is around 32.50C, winter is 20.30C and average annual temperature is above 23.90C.
 
 
Sights of interest
 
Haiphong coastline is 125 km, low and relatively flat, formed by alluvial sand from 5 major estuaries. Because of this, Do Son beach used to be muddy, but is now cleaner with golden sand and beautiful scenery. In addition, Hai Phong has Cat Ba Island which is the world’s biosphere reserve with beautiful beaches, white sand, blue water and beautiful and amazing Lan Ha bay… Cat Ba is also the largest island in Ha Long Bay area.
 
Lan Ha Bay
 
 
Du Hang pagoda is located at 121 Du Hang street, Ho Nam ward, Le Chan district.The pagoda is considered an ancient architectural relic of the city. The pagoda was built under the Ly Dynasty. It was later renovated in the 17th century by Nguyen Dinh Sach, an officer of the imperial guard who resigned and became a Buddhist monk. In 1899, during the reign of King Thanh Thai, a monk by the name of Thong Hanh expanded the pagoda and built a bell tower. The existing pagoda resulted from the repair work carried out during that time. 
Inside the pagoda are several statues that are intricately engraved in the style of the Nguyen Dynasty. Valuable relics, such as bronze tripods and gongs, are also kept in the pagoda.
 
 
 
 
Hang Kenh Communal House, also referred to as Nhan Tho Communal House, situated on Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Hang Kenh ward, Le Chan district. According to the stone stele preserved at the relic, the present Hang Kenh Communal House had been built in 1719 and was reconstructed from 1841 to 1850, dedicated to Ngo Quyen who defeated Chinese Nam Han aggressors on Bach Dang River in 938 to seize independence and freedom for Vietnam nation after one thousand years of being dominated by Chinese Dynasties.The statue of Ngo Quyen was sculpted sitting on a throne with the position of giving audience. In front of the statue, there are a small boat and a chunk of wood that represents rows of stakes being put into Bach Dang River.
 
The artistic values on architecture and sculpture of Hang Kenh Communal House as well as preservation of scarce boat-shaped flooring planks has brought Hang Kenh Communal House to become a special cultural relic of Vietnam communal houses.
 
 
 
 
Nghe temple, located on Le Chan street, An Bien ward, is the temple worshipping Le Chan - the feminine general who changed waste land into cultivated areas and formed Hai Phong land. At first, it was only a small temple with thatched roof. In 1919, Nghe Temple was built spaciously as the existing figure.
The temple has two main halls - the front worshiping hall and the sanctuary. Between the front worship hall and the sanctuary is the two storeys - Thien Huong hall with centrally curved knife point roof. The statue of Le Chan feminine general was placed in the sanctuary, two sides are altars for worshipping her parents.
 
 
 
 
Do Son is one of the most  famous seaside resorts in North Vietnam, lying 20 km south-west of Hai Phong city. It is on a small peninsula between the Lach Tray and Van Uc rivers. Do Son's beaches are shaded by thousands of sandalwood trees and surrounded by mountains and hills. After establishing themselves in Haiphong, the French turned Do Son into a summer resort for both themselves and upper class Vietnamese. This sea resort town is composed of three zones, each having nice beaches, hills, pine forests, and age-old constructions. At the very tip of the peninsula was the Hotel de la Pionte, now known as Van Hoa Hotel, built on the top of a large hill. This is the finest building in Do Son, looking like an ancient castle rising out of the green landscape. On summer days, Do Son is alive with tourists from all over the world. They mainly come here to spend time on the beach, relax and hike.
 
 
 
 
Cat  Ba island is situated in Ha Long Bay, 50 km to the east of Hai Phong City, in Northern Viet Nam. It is the largest of 366 islands in the Cat Ba Archipelago, and has a surface area of about 140 km2. The Cat Ba Archipelago shares the distinctive rugged appearance and scenic beauty of the Ha Long Bay area that was declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, in 1994. The area is one of the best examples in the world of a Karst landscape invaded by the sea. Some 1500-2000 large and small islands and cliffs rise steeply from the shallow marine waters. Many of these islands reach towering heights of 50 to 100m with sheer vertical cliffs on all sides. Spectacular rock relief and bizarre rock formations provide evidence of a long history of erosion and landscape evolution through the sculpturing power of water. The greatest part of the islands’ mountain range like most of the smaller offshore islands of the Archipelago, are covered by tropical moist limestone forest. Cat Ba Island also has coral terraces, sandy beaches, freshwater wetland areas, tidal flats, mangrove forests and willow swamp. Spectacular scenery and a high diversity of landscapes make Cat Ba a special place and it has become a main destination for national and international tourists.
 
Cat Ba’s national park and the surrounding area are nationally and internationally recognized for their importance to biodiversity conservation, exemplified through the recognition of the Cat Ba Archipelago as a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve, in 2004.This is not only because the area has a high number of different ecosystem and habitat types, but also because it possesses a great variety of plant and animal species, many of which, like the Cat Ba langur, are now rare and endangered.
 
 
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