Halong City

 

Information
Area: 208.7 sq. km
Population: 185,228 habitants (figures in year 2001)
Administrative division:
-Wards: Ha Khanh, Ha Lam, Ha Trung, Ha Phong, Ha Tu, Hong Hai, Cao Thang, Cao Xanh, Yet Kieu, Tran Hung Dao, Bach Dang, Hon Gai, Bai Chay, Hong Ha, Ha Khau, Gieng Day, Hung Thang, Tuan Chau
- Communes: Viet Hung, Dai Yen.
Ethnic groups: Mainly the Viet (or Kinh)

Overview
Halong City, formerly the Hon Gai Town, is the cultural, economic and political center of Quang Ninh Province. It borders Cam Pha to the east, the Yen Hung District to the west, the Hoanh Bo District to the north and Halong Bay to the south with the coastline of 20km.

The city is divided into two parts: East Halong and West Halong. The eastern part is an industrial zone where most of the province’s official buildings are also concentrated. The western part, also called Bai Chay, is the animated tourism zone.

Halong City is already growing rapidly. However, it’s inevitable that the rate of growth will accelerate as it lies upon the main road to southern China. At present, the heavy lorries have to use the ferry – once the bridge is built, and the road to the border gate is upgraded, goods traffic will escalate.

The original fishermen’s wharf, now swept away by a tide of modernization. Nearly all accommodation is in Bai Chai. At present, there are five good quality hotels but, although comfortable, none is up to deluxe standard. There is a limited number of reasonable mid-range hotels and an abundance of budget accommodation, much of it poor quality.

Restaurant menus are quite limited, but the seafood is excellent, especially that served on the boats we use. A good alternative is the floating restaurant near Bai Tho mountain. Apart from the ubiquitous karaoke establishments and various shows and entertainment in the Royal Park, there’s not much to do in the evenings apart from strolling among the prom or around Hong Gai.

On the western outskirts of the city, Tuan Chau is a small soil island close to the mainland that has been converted to a large resort area. Although well done, and boasting some of the best accommodation in Ha Long City, it has been designed to attract Vietnamese and Chinese visitors and is unlikely to appeal to those from developed countries elsewhere.

Halong’s population are most having emigrated from other places to settle here. Halong Bay is famous internationally, and is recognized as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its thousands of natural islands. Also in the city, there are temples, pagodas and historical relics.In addition to the most active branch of tourism, there are other economic activities such as: trade, seaport, coal, marine products and the production of construction materials

 

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