Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park

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Dong Van karst plateau is located in Ha Giang province with total area of 2.350 km2. Dong Van karst plateau is one of the special karst areas in Vietnam, implying the typical prints about the earth’s crust development history. Dong Van has 80% of karst formations created from limestone by environment conditions and different development periods.

The survey conducted by scientists in Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources revealed the finding of 13 fossil - geological formations in Dong Van, including Chang Pung, Lutxia, Sika, Lang Xang, Si Phai, Toc Tat, Lung Nam, Bac Son, Dong Dang, Song Hien, Hong Ngai, Mia Le and Lan Pang.
Due to weather changes and geo-diversity, the karst evolution created the “rock gardens” and “rock forest”. For example, in Khau Vai (Meo Vac), there are rock with floral-shape tops; Lung Pu has the tops of the rocks shaped into dragon, tiger; Van Chai (Dong Van) has the smooth round stones placed overlapping like a herd of thousand seals lying on the beach. But the most popular rock shape is the pyramid in which the slopes follow each other and create the spectacular grandeur for the plateau. Cave system on Dong Van Plateau is also the product of the evolution of the karst, which become interesting tourist attractions, such as Dragon Cave in Sang Tung (Dong Van), Kho My Cave in Tung Vai (Quan Ba), Swallow Cave in Van Chai (Dong Van), etc.

Apart from its geology, geomorphology and landscape, Dong Van plateau is also consisted of cultural values of community of 17 ethnic tribes such as: H’mong, Dzao, Lo Lo, Tay, Nung. Ethnic people in Dong Van live with rocks: use rocks to build houses, move rocks to use land for cultivating, carved rocks to seek for fresh water. Rocks become their protection walls around the villages and national border. Mixed with the gray color of rocks is the green color of cornfields, the yellow color of rice fields and colorful blossoms. The markets of local people are also very attractive to tourists to enjoy.

Dong Van is most beautiful in spring, when the spinach flowers paint yellow the mountain foot, the cherry blossoms bright pink. In the valley, the pear and plum flowers bloom white. The terrace fields turn into green in the mountain slopes. Because of its important values in geology and spectacular landscape, Dong Van was recognized as member of Global Geo-park Network in 2010.

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