Vietnam’s Halong Bay a Wonder of the World

Vietnam’s 2,000 limestone protrusions — up to 500 million years old — that jut out of Halong Bay in the South China Sea have made the list of seven wonders of nature compiled by the Swiss-based New 7 Wonders Foundation.

The project began with 400 nominees from 200 countries and had been narrowed to 28 finalists.  Others expected to be designated early in 2012 along with Halong Bay are the Amazon rainforest, Argentina’s Iguazu waterfall, South Korea’s Jeju Island, Indonesia’s Komodo Island, the Puerto Princesca Underground River of the Philippines, and South Africa’s Table Mountain.

Halong Bay, a UN World Natural Heritage site and home to 74 unique species of plants and animals, is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations for tourists, which is why the country wanted more recognition to help grow its tourism industry.    

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