Long Bay is a maze of soaring limestone towers surrounded by a vast tropical
oasis. In December 1996 climbers Todd Skinner, Paul Piana, Lynn Hill and
Scott Milton traveled to the region to establish one of the most spectacular
climbing areas in the world. Photographer Beth Wald and cinematographers
Michael Brown and Bill Hatcher traveled along to document the journey.
Ha Long literally means descending
dragon(s) and according to local myth, the story goes as follows: Long
ago when their forefathers were fighting foreign invaders from the north,
the gods from heaven sent a family of dragons to help defend their land.
This family of dragons descended upon what is now Ha Long bay and began
spitting out jewels and jade. Upon hitting the sea, these jewels turned
into the various islands and islets dotting the seascape and formed a
formidable fortress against the invaders. The locals were able to keep
their land safe and formed what is now the country of Vietnam. The Dragon
family fell so much in love with this area for its calm water and for
the reverence of the people of Vietnam that they decided to remain on
earth. Mother dragon lies on what is now Ha Long and where her children
lie is Bai Tu Long. The dragon tails formed the area of Bach Long Vi known
for the miles of white sandy beaches of Tra Co peninsula.
The above quote was used
by permisson from vietscape.com.
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The following slides
give a small glimpse of the area, its people, and the amazing amount of
high quality rock.