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QUANG TRI

Quang Tri is a coastal province of North Central Vietnam. This province was once separated by the 17th parrallel demarcation line, therefore is a violent battlefield during Vietnam War (1954 – 1975).
+ In the north is Le Thuy district of Quang Binh province.
+ In the southeast are Phong Dien and A Luoi districts of Thua Thien-Hue province.
+ In the east is East Sea.
+ In the west is Savannakhet and in the southwest is Salavan provinces of Laos.
 
Located at the center of the country, Quang Tri has many geographic advantages and economic potentialities. Being at the starting point of the East- West Economic corridor linked with Laos- Thailand- Myanmar through Lao Bao international border towards the Central ports such as: Cua Viet, Chan May, Danang, Vung Ang.., Quang Tri has favorable conditions to expand economic cooperation in the region, international transport, commercial development, service and tourism.
 
Dong Ha, capital city of the province, is situated at the crossroads of National Highway 1A and National Route 9, part of the East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC) which is  an economic development program including Northeast Thailand, Southern Laos, and central Vietnam. It lies on the North–South Railway and is served by Dong Ha Railway Station.
 
 
 
Area: 4,739.8 sq.km
 
Population: 604,700 people. Major people are Viet, then Bru-Van Kieu, Pa Co, Hoa, Ta Oi ethnic groups.
 
Topography: Quang Tri lowers from West to East and Southeast and is divided into 4 types of terrain:
 
+ Highlands from west of the Annamite Mountains to the hill region, with elevations ranging 250-2,000m and steep slopes, suitable for forestation and cattle raising;
+ Hills, low mountains stretching along the province with elevations ranging 50-250m appropriate to industrial plant such as rubber, pepper, long term fruit trees;
+ Flat plains with silt deposits from rivers and elevations ranging 25-30m suitable for subsidiary crops, specially rice plant.
+ Flat plain with sand dunes along the coast for the population settlement but production is not favourable as some areas are easily affected by floods, thus people’s life is not stable.
 
Rivers: Quang Tri has  a dense river system. Due to narrow width of the province and western high mountains of Truong Son range, Quang Tri rivers are short and steep. The province has 12 big and small rivers, among which 3 major: Ben Hai river, Thach Han river and O Lau river.
 
+ Ben Hai River originates from Truong Son range, at an altitude of 1,257m, a total length of 100 km. Ben Hai river flows to the East Sea at Tung estuary.
+ Thach Han River,155 km in length, a basin area of  2,660 sq.km, originates from Truong range and  empty in the East Sea at Cua Viet estuary.
+ O Lau River, 65km long, is composed of two main tributaries O Lau and My Chanh, with a basin area of approximately 900sq.km. It pours its water in Tam Giang Lagoon located in Thua Thien Hue province.
 
Moreover, next to Vietnam - Laos border on the west, there are several Mekong tributaries flowing west such as Sepon river at Lao Bao border area, Se Pang Hieng at Cu Bai border post
 
In addition, streams upstream are dense. Stream valleys mostly are narrow with steep slopes creating waterfalls of hundreds of meters high. In general, the system of Quang Tri rivers and streams are spread all over the province, therfore provide abundant water resources for production and daily life, as well as building small and medium hydropower plant.
 
Administrative divisions: 10 units: 1 city (Dong Ha), 1 town (Quang Tri) and 8 districts.
 
Climate: Quang Tri is located in the tropical monsoon climate with high temperatures, harsh climate, influenced by hot dry winds blowing southwest from March to September often causing drought. From October to February of  the following year, the northeast monsoon often causes heavy rains accompanied by floods. Quang Tri is located in the areas affected by storms, which are usually focused in September and November, causing serious inundations, therefore affected agricultural production and residents’ life.
 
The annual average temperature of 24-250C in lowland, 22-230C at altitude above 500m. December, January and February are months with low temperature  which may drop at 220C or less at elevation above 500m. The hot season lasts from May to mid- August with average temperature of 280C, the hottest months are June and July with temperature up to 40-420C.
 
Sights of interest
 
Quang Tri has great potentialities in natural, cultural and human conditions. As the  17th parallel demarcation line crosses the province, Quang Tri still preserves revolutionary war sites, among which there are internationally famous geographic names such as Quang Tri Ancient Citadel, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Hien Luong Bridge, Con Tien, Doc Mieu, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Khe Sanh, Truong Son Matyrs’ Cemetery... Quang Tri is also the most vivid museum of revolutionary war, which is the base for creating tourist products: a memory of a unique battlefield. Quang Tri has long intact beaches with breathtaking landscapes such as Cua Tung, Cua Viet, My Thuy, Trieu Lang, Con Co... suitable for the marine eco-tourism. 
 
Complex of relics on Hien Luong banks
 
     + Hien Luong Bridge, crossing Ben Hai river, is located at Vinh Linh district. Hien Luong bridge is the evidence of the partition of Vietnam into 2 regions: North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The bridge has two sections, each of which is 89m long, painted in two different colours. Northern section comprises 450 wooden planks, southtern section with 444 planks. Currently, the bridge is renovated as the original one in the period 1952-1967 as relic.
     + Hien Luong border post, on the north bank of Hien Luong bridge, consists of 3 rows built in V shape around the flagpole, nowadays renovated as the original.
     + Hien Luong Flagpole is built on the north bank of Ben Hai river. There were continuous changes related to the flagpole height and the flag size from 1954 to 1967.
 
 
 
Vinh Moc tunnels are located Vinh Linh district, 13km east of National Road No1, 6km north of Cua Tung beach.
 
The tunnel network's total length is nearly 2 km, structured into three floors with the first 13m beneath the ground, the second 15m, and the third, 23m. The village tunnel was built over two years and required approximately 6,000 cubic metres of earth to be dug out. The main inner axis is 2,034m long, 1-1.2m wide, and 1.5-4.1m high. The two side cliffs are moulded into small temporary houses every 3m. The tunnel center has a 150 seated hall, clinics and maternity place. It is linked to the sea by seven exits, which also function as ventilators and to a nearby hill by another six.
 
The complex grew to consist of wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and clinics. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels as well. 
 
The Vinh Moc spectacular tunnel network within the zone stands as a testament to the endurance, wisdom and bravery of the local people in their fight for independence.
 
 
 
 
Ho Chi Minh Trail, is a strategic military network running from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam territory through Central Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. This system provides troops, food, weapons and ammunitions  to support the Southern Liberation Army and the Vietnam People's Army for 16 years (1959-1975)  in Vietnam War.
 
 
 
Truong Son Martyr’s Cemetery, located in Vinh Truong Commune, Gio Linh district, about 38km northwest of Dong Ha city. There are 10 333 graves of soldiers of the People’s Army of Vietnam  dead in mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail  during Viet War. The graves are divided into 10 main areas.
 
 
 
 
Lao Bao prison, located at Duy Tan ward,  Lao Bao town, is one of the largest prisons in Indochina. This is the jail detaining major communist cadres.
 
 
 
Quang Tri Ancient Citadel, located in the center of Quang Tri town, is one bastion of military systems and the administrative headquarters under the Nguyen Dynasty. Since 1929, French  built  more jails to detain local people having opposing political views.
 
In the Citadel, there were major battles during the Vietnam War in 1968, specially in 1972 during 81 days.
 
 
 
Beaches
 
     + Cua Viet beach, 15km southeast of Dong Ha town, is a wide beach with pure water, white sand lining along the rows of coconut trees. 
     + Cua Tung beach stretches on 1km of An Duc hamlet, Vinh Quang Commune, Vinh Linh district. Cua Tung is used by fishermen to refuge from strong winds and typhoons.
Under French period, French relax at Cua Tung for seabathing and recreational activities. In Vietnam war, Cua Tung is a severe battlefield. Nowadays, it is served as a beach for local people and for tourists.
 
 
                                              Cua Viet Beach                                                                 Cua Tung Beach
 
 
 
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