Dong Van plateau is a rocky plateau, which is located in 4 districts such as Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang province. It is a special plateau which was recognized as the Global Geopark by Global Geopark Network in 2010. This is the first title in Vietnam and the second one in South East Asia. The unique features of Dong Van plateau are really impressing to not only the experts but also the tourists. Travel Indochina Vietnam
The special geological features of Dong Van plateau
Being 1000 – 1600 meters in height when compared with sea level, Dong Van rocky plateau is one of the large limestones in Vietnam. The limestones in Dong Van plateau were formed from many different conditions and times, which contain the typical relics during the development history of the crust.
According to the research of the scientists in the Scientific Institute of Geology and Mineral, Dong Van plateau has underwent all of the times of the crust from Paleozoic era, Mesozoic era to Cenozoic era with 13 geological layers which were divided such as Chang Pung, Lut Xia, Si Ka and so on.
Scientists have determined 139 geological heritages in this unique plateau. In each sedimentary rocks, the paleontologists discovered many kinds of fossil in 19 groups of creature. These help scientists complete the picture of geology-developing history in Dong Van rocky plateau in private and in Vietnam in general.
The amazing ecological diversity in Dong Van plateau
The diversity of geology and the change of the climate of Dong Van plateau leads to the diversity of ecology here. Some can be listed such as Khau Vai, Lung Cu, Van Chai rocky garden with the rocks in many strange shapes from flower, dragon to tiger and so on.
The primitive forests in Dong Van rocky plateau are considered as the quite integrated one with many forest products and precious kinds of wood. Especially, on the rocky wildness, there are approximately 40 beautiful kinds of orchid. Moreover, Dong Van plateau is also the living environment of many wild animals such as chamois, cocks of the wood, nightingales and so on, which makes the natural beauties for this rocky plateau.
Furthermore, Dong Van plateau is the most beautiful in spring when the flower reforms and peach flowers are blooming brilliantly. From the valleys, people can hear the sound of ethnic instrument very clearly. That the rolling rocky mountains run endlessly makes a wonderful picture in North Pole of Vietnam.
The precious traditional cultural values in Dong Van plateau
Besides the values of geology and landscapes, Dong Van rocky plateau also contains the precious traditional cultural values of 17 ethnic minorities such as Mong, Dao, Tay, Nung and so on. Local people in Dong Van get on well with the rocks. They move the rocks to build the houses and cultivate. Moreover, thanks to the rocky barriers, they are protected from the dangerous animals. Especially there are many unique traditional festivals in Dong Van plateau which attract a lot of tourists coming here. Vietnam holidays
Some tourist destinations you shouldn’t miss when visiting Dong Van plateau
Dong Van ancient street
Dong Van ancient street was formed about one century ago with the special architecture of the ethnic minorities. The highlights of this destination are the roofs which were made of Yin-Yang stones. Besides, there are about 40 houses whose age are more than 100 years old. On Full moon day, the street is decorated by the red lanterns with many sizes, which makes warm and romantic atmosphere.
Lung Cu flag pole
This is one of the holiest destinations in Vietnam. Being the top of Lung Cu mountain, tourists can see the mighty panoramic view around. Lung Cu flag pole is at the 1,600 meters when compared with the sea level. The right side is Nho Que river and the left one is Than Van valley.
The ethnic market
The ethnic market is not only the trading post but also the symbol of the unique cultural habit which contains many traditional values. Moreover, there are many kinds of special good which are sold in this market such as brocade clothing, jewelry, scarf and so on.
Because of the special feature in geology, landscapes and traditional culture, Dong Van plateau is recognized by GGN as one of the members of their network. Therefore, traveling Dong Van plateau is a good chance for you to challenge yourselves. Furthermore, you will feel happy and relaxed when dipping into the magnificent nature and living beside hospital ethnic people here.