PARK MARKS TEN YEARS

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, known for its awein­spir­ing caves, cel­e­brates its first decade of recog­ni­tion.

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QUAÛNG BÌNH — Cen­tral Quang Bình Prov­ince is cel­e­brat­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of UNESCO’s recog­ni­tion of Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park as a World Nat­u­ral Her­itage Site.

The Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Sports and Tourism, Hoâng Tuân Anh, at­tended a cer­e­mony on Satur­day to mark the oc­ca­sion. It was held in the park’s Thiên Ðuông (Par­adise) Cave, one of the long­est in Asia.

“Quâng Bình Prov­ince should take ad­van­tage of the help of in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions and sci­en­tists to pro­tect and em­bel­lish the site,” Anh said.

Each year, the park at­tracts about 400,000 vis­i­tors, but by 2015, this is ex­pected to jump to 2 mil­lion a year, in­clud­ing 100,000 for­eign tourists.

A large range of fauna and flo­ral species have been found here in­clud­ing tigers, Asi­atic black bear, Asian ele­phant, gi­ant munt­jac, Asian wild dog and the re­cently dis­cov­ered sao la.

A photo ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the park will run un­til June 4 in Ñoàng Hôi City in Quang Bình prov­ince.

A writ­ing con­test on the park was launched early this month. Ti­tled Learn­ing about the World Nat­u­ral Her­itage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, it aims to help peo­ple im­prove their aware­ness of the her­itage of the world. —

— VNA/ VNS Photo Thanh Haø

Rock show: Thieân Ñöôøng ( Par­adise) Cave in Phong Nha- Keû Baøng National Park is one of the long­est in Asia.

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