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Trang An recognized as Vietnam’s first Mixed World Heritage Site

Vietnam’s Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex has been officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Meeting UNESCO’s three criteria of which one for the cultural heritage and the others for the natural heritage, Trang An has become the 30th mixed heritage in the world and the first of this kind in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex has been officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Meeting UNESCO’s three criteria of which one for the cultural heritage and the others for the natural heritage, Trang An has become the 30th mixed heritage in the world and the first of this kind in Vietnam.
 
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Situated in Ninh Binh province, 90 kilometers South Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, the 10,000 hectare complex comprises three contiguous areas namely Trang An eco-tourism site, Tam Coc – Bich Dong ecological site, and Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel vestige site sharing common geological and ecological features. The complex is characterized by magnificent limestone karsts  towering over lush wetlands and meandering rivers. The karst mountains here house a system of caves and grottoes of various shapes and sizes. Apart from being a prominent aspect of the complex’s identity, the caves are also valuable archeological sites where traces of human residence 30,000 years ago have been found.
 
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As a place of biological diversity, Trang An is home to more than 800 species of terrestrial and aquatic fauna and flora, including endangered animals listed in Vietnam’s Red Data book such as the chamois and the great hornbill and the Caspian turtle.  The complex’s historical landmark is Hoa Lu, the thousand year old ancient capital of three Vietnamese dynasties in the 10th and 11th centuries located in a mountain-surrounded valley. Built as a citadel with multi layers of earthen walls, Hoa Lu used to be a stronghold against Northern invaders. Most of the citadel structure has been ruined with only some vestiges remaining along with later-built temples dedicated to Vietnam’s first and second kings. 
 
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In recent years, Trang An - Tam Coc (Tam Coc literally means “three caves”) has been gaining popularity as a tourist attraction for North Vietnam tours. It is making a name for its own locally and internationally. Despite a landscape similar to that of the renowned Ha Long Bay, a trip to Trang An offers tourists a different experience of cruising the waterways, watching wild birds, visiting half-submerged grottoes and being in close touch with nature and history. You can easily get a day tour from Hanoi to visit this complex.
 
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