Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay officially named New Wonder of Nature

A Switzerland-based foundation, which initiated a four-year global poll to select seven new natural world wonders, has announced that Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is among the winners that has passed its validation process.

According to New7Wonders Foundation’s website, Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been officially named a new wonder of nature together with Iguazu Falls at the border of Brazil and Argentina, Jeju volcanic island off South Korea, and Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines.

Recognition of the Komodo National Park in Indonesia, South Africa’s Table Mountain, and the Amazon Rainforest in South America is still provisional as the foundation’s vote validation process is underway, the website said.

A Vietnam News Agency report Friday quoted New7Wonders Chairman Bernard Weber as saying that they hoped the victory will help heighten Vietnamese people’s awareness of the need to protect their natural landscapes.

Asked if Vietnam will have to pay monthly fees to the organization, Nguyen Van Tinh, chief of the Department of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, replied in the negative.

Meanwhile, Jean Paul De La Fuente, director of New7Wonders, said in the report that they have never charged any country that has won the recognition.

They only charge paid by countries or localities that participated in the campaign was the US$199 registration fee when it was launched, Fuente said.

Ceremonies marking the recognition will be organized in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay on April 27 and May 1 respectively, the news agency said.

Launched in 2007, the New7Wonders of Nature campaign started with more than 440 locations from about 220 countries. Finalists were chosen by phone and SMS voting. Thanh Nien News  

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