Admire a gorgeous Halong Bay from Bai Tho Mountain
Traveling to Halong Bay, every tourist may think of visiting Halong by cable car or a tour ship. Recently, a definition of admiring Halong Bay from Bai Tho mountain has expanded in the tourism community who used to visit Halong. The mountain has become a new check-in destination and a new breeze for those who want to have the climbing experience above the space of the ocean.
Bai Tho - the Mountain of Poetry
Bai Tho Mountain (or Poem Mountain) is a beautiful limestone mountain lying on the coast, and a half is under water, located in Halong city, Quang Ninh province.
The history of Bai Tho mountain was written in the process of building and preserving the country, associated with the glory of defeating Mongol invaders on Bach Dang river of Hung Dao Vuong Tran Quoc Tuan in 1228. It has been said that, in the old days, the guards on the mountain had a responsibility of lighting fire to alarm the Capital whenever invasion of territory occurred. Afterward, the name of Truyen Dang mountain (Lighthouse mountain) was born.
In spring 1468, King Le Thanh Tong sent troops to patrol in the Northeast sea, stopping at the foot of Truyen Dang mountain in which is the border of Halong Bay, to drink wine recite poetry. Embraced by the beautiful and romantic nature of the place, the poet - the King Le Thanh Tong had carved a poem on the cliffs. On this mountain, for the time being, the Chinese poems of Le Thanh Tong in 1468 and Zhenggang in 1729 inscribing on a stone still exist. These poems were the root of the later name Bai Tho mountain.
View from Bai Tho Mountain
The wonderful things on the mountain
Exploring Bai Tho mountain is ideal for those who love adventure and want to view Halong city on the edge of the Bay from a different perspective, to be able to feel in the fullest way the majestic beauty of the whole sky and sea of the Northeast region.
Although this is not the highest mountain in the city, it is the ideal location for tourists to admire the panoramic Halong Bay from above. Moreover, to explore Bai Tho mountain, it is not as hard as many thoughts. The mountain is approximately 200 meters high, so it will take climbers only about 30 minutes to be able to get to the top of the mountain. The best time to get here is early morning and afterglow. If you intend to catch the dawn, you should climb from 4.30 a.m, and 4.00 p.m if you want to catch the sunset.
There are two ways to admire Halong Bay from Bai Tho mountain, Long Tien street which is next to Long Tien Pagoda, or Hang Nui street which is a very small alley. If choosing Hang Nui, so tourists should pay attention or ask the local people. Travelers can park their vehicles in Halong market or the opposite Cay Thap street.
Not only is it a scenic spot, but Bai Tho Mountain is also considered as a unique historical and cultural site. Long Tien pagoda located on the cliff is the famously sacred pagoda of Halong city. Tourists should come here to incense and enjoy the quiet atmosphere before starting the journey to the mountain. Excluding the sound of people climbing to the mountain, there are footsteps of the goats that are freely grazed. If you're lucky, you'll probably find monkeys calling each other on the cliff.
Bai Tho Mountain
Then, up to the highest point of Bai Tho mountain, standing in the top, tourists cannot help admiring, overwhelmed capturing the panoramic view from the romantic Halong Bay with blue sea, white sand and waves to the crowded city with tall buildings, the splendor of the Sun Wheel and the Queen Cable Car, etc. The immense and majestic Halong is so vivid and likely in front of the "telescope" in the top of the mountain. It is a unique factor which creates a distinctive and engaging pleasure for visitors climbing Bai Tho mountain.
TIP: If the sky has fog or mist, tourists should not climb the mountain, whereas they may experience the rain without any places for sheltering. Also, when it is dark, the visibility is very limited, so when climbing up to the top, you can hardly see the scenery below.
So, exploring Bai Tho mountain to experience nature and admire the city from above is one way to cherish the cultural values of history, to be proud of the ancestor’s patriotic tradition. This gorgeous mountain is a must-see spot in any Halong tours, providing travelers with satisfaction when coming here. If this is helpful for you, like and share with others. Thank you.