44 new caves found in Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park
Additional 44 caves have been discovered in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh, raising the total caves found so far in this area to 405, according to the park’s management board.
|44 new caves found in Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park|
Of those, 33 are located in Dan Hoa, Hoa Son, Trung Hoa and Thuong Hoa communes in Minh Hoa district, nine are in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district and the remaining in Truong Son and Truong Xuan communes, Quang Ninh district.
As part of the six geological strata of La Khe, Bac Son, Mu Gia, Cat Dang, Muc Bai and Le Ninh, mostly in La Khe and Bac Son that cover the largest area, the caves are 44-602m from the seawater level.
Stalactites of different shapes have also been recorded there.
Vo Van Tri, head of the park’s Science and International Cooperation Office, said it is necessary to conduct an in-depth study to better understand values of newly-found caves, contributing to their sustainable preservation and exploitation.
Dubbed the “Kingdom of Caves”, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park was declared a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO twice in July 2003 and July 2015 thanks to its impressive scenery and archeological value.
It is also home to Son Doong cave, which was recognised in 2016 as the largest of its kind by three international organisations, including the UK-based Guinness World Records, Hong Kong-based World Record Association, and the US and India-based World Kings.
As of mid-July, tourist arrivals in Quang Binh reached nearly 1.9 million, up about 17 percent year-on-year, bringing an estimated revenue of 2 trillion VND (88.8 million USD), marking a year-on-year increase of 15 percent.
In 2018, Quang Binh strives to greet 3.5 million tourists by the end of the year, including 120,000 foreigners.