Trang An

Trang An; Trang An Ninh Binh. Nature has endowed Ninh Binh with magnificent green mountains and blue water. The Trang An eco-tourism site is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, an “outdoor geological museum”
TRANG AN – ECO TOURISM SITE IN NINH BINH PROVINCE
Nature has endowed Ninh Binh with magnificent green mountains and blue water. The Trang An eco-tourism site is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, an “outdoor geological museum”.
Every year, the site receives tens of thousands of visitors who come to explore its unique cave and grotto system. 
7km west of the center of Ninh Binh province and 96 km south of Hanoi, Trang An covers an area of nearly 2,200 ha surrounded by limestone, hills, and river valleys. The only way to discover the place’s beauty is on a small bamboo boat. A 3-hour tour begins at the reception center in Trang An avenue. It takes about ten minutes to go from Trang An to the river through the mountains. The weather is cool here.
Floating down the Sao Khe River, visitors eventually arrive at Dark Cave, in front of which queues of bamboo boats are lining up. The boats are kept 3 meters apart for safety and follow different routes into the cave. Trang An’s cave system is complex and diverse.  250 million years of geological formation has given each limestone mountain here its own characteristic karst tectonics, resulting in vastly different stalactite and stalagmite shapes. 
The further the boat goes, the more visitors begin to fear there is no outlet. Traversing each cave, visitors come to another watery valley flanked by cliffs and forests. While enjoying the fresh mountain air and the soft light of the river valleys, visitors are suddenly dazzled by the sun and get the feeling they are lost in a fairy land. The water is calm and so limpid that bushes of green weeds on the bottom look like a grass cover. Working the oars steadily, Lu continues to narrate the tour:
Trang An is considered an “outdoor geological museum” because its mountains combine limestone blocks edging the plains and limestone rocks close to the sea. The terrain and marine sediments are important for the study of climate, topography, sea water rise, and global climate change. Vestiges of prehistoric people have been found here. 
The complex’s cultural values include a series of archaeological sites which help us imagine how prehistoric people responded to climate change. Aesthetically, the mountain and river landscape gives Trang An an unique beauty. The mountains here have a distinct geomorphology. 
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