Two new caves have been discovered by a resident in Bai Tu Long Bay, a neighbor of UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam.
Nguyen Si Binh, a goatherd who found the new caves in Quang Ninh Province over three years ago, said he now considers them his brainchild.
“There is only one path leading to the caves. I have made a metal door and locked it to protect the entrance from strangers. I also asked workers not to smear or touch the growing stalagmites and stalactites there,” Binh said.
The man revealed that he had accompanied a group of officials of Van Don District to the caves last week.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters are the second group that has visited the caves so far, Binh added.
Pham Thuy Duong, head of the Ha Long Bay management department, said the two caves that Binh discovered are totally new.
Therefore, the management board has never conducted any survey or check in this area.
“We will examine the value and potential of these caves, and then report to the People's Committee of Quang Ninh,” Duong said.
Bai Tu Long is located some 60 kilometers northeast of UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay.
It seems to be overshadowed by the neighbor’s overwhelming fame, and its landscape remains pristine probably thanks to the lesser popularity.
Here, the giant stalactites will amaze any visitor. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The sharp, spiky stalactites hang from the ceiling. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Stalagmites and stalactites have combined to form many stone columns inside the caves. This tectonic process may take many thousands of years. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Right next to the entrance lie many fossil shells that are normally seen at archaeological sites. This finding has enormous value in terms of geology, geomorphology and history. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Emerald green rocks inside the caves. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A water droplet on the stalactites is about to fall. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A stone column is seen inside the caves. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Some types of fern grow in bright areas. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Si Binh, a goatherd, said he had discovered the new caves over three years ago. Binh still cannot decide on the caves’ name. Photo: Tuoi Tre