PARK MARKS TEN YEARS
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, known for its aweinspiring caves, celebrates its first decade of recognition.
QUAÛNG BÌNH Central Quang Bình Province is celebrating the 10th anniversary of UNESCOs 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 parks 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.
Rock show: Thieân Ñöôøng ( Paradise) Cave in Phong Nha- Keû Baøng National Park is one of the longest in Asia.