Thứ Sáu, ngày 11 tháng 11 năm 2011

Voting for new wonders enters home stretch

Thousands of young Vietnamese voted yesterday for Ha Long Bay in the poll for the world’s 7 new wonders of nature that closes today.
At 9 pm some 3,000 youngsters gathered at the Ly Thai To Monument in Hanoi to send text messages saying “Halong” to 147.

The voting that began September 30 ends at 11 am GMT (6 pm Vietnam time) November 11.

Speaking at the gathering, Ho Quang Loi, head of the Hanoi party committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Education, said: “We should act promptly to bring pride to our country.

From now until 6 pm tomorrow, we should continue to send more and more votes for Ha Long.”

In Ho Chi Minh City yesterday thousands of university students voted online at and through text messages, Tuoi Tre discovered following visits to many dormitories.

HCMC-based Nguyen Tat Thanh University students take part in sending votes for Ha Long (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
After the vote closes, the New Open World Corporation, which is organizing the contest, would need eight hours to announce the results, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Promotion Center said.

Thus, the final list is expected at around 2 am in Vietnam Saturday.

In September Ha Long Bay became one of the natural wonders to make it to a short list of 28.

Majestic Halong Bay

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Ha Long Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Located in Quáng Ninh province, Vietnam. Ha Long Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes along the 120-km coastline of Bai Chay Beach.
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Halong Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. There are two kinds of islands, limestone and schist, which are concentrated in two main zones: the southeast (belonging to Bai Tu Long Bay), and the southwest (belonging to Halong Bay). This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Halong Bay.
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Its waters are host to a great diversity of ecosystems including offshore coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, small freshwater lakes, and sandy beaches. The folk tale has it that the dragons descended from heaven to help locals by spitting jewels and jade to the sea, forming a natural fortress against invaders; these precious stones are represented by the lush green outcrops.
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Hạ Long Bay was first listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994,  in recognition of its outstanding, universal aesthetic value. In 2000 the World Heritage Committee additionally recognised Hạ Long Bay for its outstanding geological and geomorphological value, and its World Heritage Listing was updated.
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In 2009, the New 7 Wonders Foundation, which runs the New Seven Wonders of the World program, included Halong Bay on its list of nominations as one the World’s 7 Natural Wonders.

Int’l SMS voting for New7Wonders of Nature completes

The international SMS voting for New 7 Wonders of Nature was complete at 11:11:11 on November 11, 2011 with Ha Long Bay in Vietnam becomes one of the 28 nominees for the final seven qualified sites.
The result will be announced at 7:07pm GMT or 2:00am Saturday (Vietnamese time).
Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said Ha Long Bay has received 19 million SMS messages voted by people across the world. The voting is organized by the NewOpenWorld.
Preliminary counting shows that Ha Long Bay is among 13 sites that have collected an increase in voted messages. Nine other top sites include the Dead Sea in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan; the Grand Canyon in the US; the Great Barrier Reef off Australia and Papua New Guinea); Jeita Grotto Cave in Lebanon; Jeju Island in South Korea; Komodo Island in Indonesia; Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines; the Sunderbans in Bangladesh and India; and Vesuvius Mountain in Italy.
Voters could send their choices to a number which is accessible worldwide from most countries and mobile operators.
Ha Long Bay locates in Vietnam’s northern province of Quang Ninh. It includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Thanks to its precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by human presence. A distinctive feature of Ha Long Bay is the abundance of lakes within the larger limestone islands.