Vietnam’s Halong Bay has long been one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations for obvious reasons. Translating as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, the legend of Halong Bay States exactly that – and that the limestone islets were created by a great dragon from the mountains.
The beauty of the plush green islands that rise from the spectacularly clear water is almost ineffable and yet for centuries, Vietnamese artists have been attempting to convey this beauty through both their words and their paintings. The poems focus largely on the enchanting legend of the dragons that are said to have been sent by the gods in order to protect the citizens of the bay whilst the paintings depict the the stunning views in ways that also manage to portray the magic of this spectacular landscape.
If you’re visiting Vietnam, Halong Bay is a must-see, if not for the legend of the dragons then for the indescribable beauty of this UNESCO world heritage site.