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After a busy day and the last assault to a junk carrying tourists, the pedlars are goin' home to their floating houses in Halong Bay.
"Vịnh Hạ Long" is a body of water of approximately 1,500 square kilometres in north Vietnam with 120 kilometres coastline, in the Gulf of Tonkin at 170 kilometres east of Hanoi. In Vietnamese language Halong Bay means "Bay of the Descending Dragon".
The bay consists of a dense cluster of 1,969 limestone monolithic islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves. There are two bigger islands, Cat Ba and Tuan Chau , that have permanent inhabitants. 989 of the islands have been given names and many of them have acquired their names as a result of interpretation of their unusual shapes: such names include Voi Islet (elephant), Ga Choi Islet (fighting cock) and Mai Nha Islet (roof).
There are 200 species of fishes and 450 different kinds of mollusks in the shallow waters and this is the reason that you can find some floating villages of fishermen in the bay.
The bay was World Heritage listed by UNESCO on December 17th, 1994 and is one of Vietnam's most popular tourist destinations.
Climate is featured humid tropical charactor, including two distinct seasons: hot, humid with much raining in summer and cold, dry in winter. The average temperature ranges from 15 25C.

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