Halong Bay named Wonder of Nature
The city’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports confirmed Halong Bay has officially be designated among the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature. Vietnam was among three finalists that gained “7 Wonders” status from the ASEAN region. The other two were in Indonesia and the Philippines.
A provisional announcement of Halong Bay’s new status was made three months ago after global voting ended, by New Open World Corporation, an associate of the New 7 Wonders Foundation.
The official inauguration will take place, 27 April, in Hanoi followed by celebrations at Halong Bay, 1 May.
The seven top finalists were: Amazon in South America, Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls of Argentina, Jeju Island of the Republic of Korea, Komodo National Park of Indonesia, Puerto Princesa underground river of the Philippines, and Table Mountain in South Africa.
World-wide voters selected the finalists from 400 natural wonders in more than 200 countries and territories in a polling session that ended 11 November 2011.
Halong Bay is located in Quang Ninh province, 160 km east of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.
It is considered the most popular sightseeing destination in the northern provinces and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
The official New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007 to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen through a global poll. It is being led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organised by the New7Wonders Foundation, a Swiss-based, government controlled foundation.
This campaign follows the New 7 Wonders of the World which attracted 100 million votes from around the world.