Telephone code : (84.31)
Area : 1,503 km2
Population : 1,692,600
Established in 1888, Hai Phong is situated on the coast of the East
Sea. Hai Phong offers many historical sites, temples, pagodas,
mausoleums, and shrines, all proofs of a rich traditional life.
DU HANG PAGODA
The pagoda was built in the Early Ly dynasty (980 - 1009). Tran Nhan
Tong King (1258 - 1308), a devout Buddhist used to preach at the
pagoda. The pagoda is classified as a historical site with many
relics: Buddha statuses, bronze urns, bells, gongs and the prayer book
of Trang A Ham, an ancient Buddhist script.
HANG KENH COMMUNAL HOUSE
Was built in 1856 and was expanded in 1905. The communal house is
famous for its valuable wooden sculptures: 156 pieces with the dragon
as the main theme. There are altogether 308 dragons of different
shapes and sizes. The pagoda also houses a statue of Ngo Quyen King
and a palanquin.
DO SON BEACH
The town of Do Son is located approximately 22 kms southwest of
the center of Hai Phong city, in between the mouths of the rivers Lach
Tray and Van Uc. This is a forested and mountainous peninsula that
extends roughly 5kms into the Eastern Sea.
CAT BA ISLAND - CAT BA NATIONAL PARK
The largest island in Halong Bay has numerous lakes, waterfalls and
grottoes and a huge national park that is home to more than 20 species
of mammals, 69 species of birds and 20 species of reptiles and
amphibians. The whitehead Vooc, an endangered bird species, is found
on the cliffs separating the island from the sea. The yellow monkey,
the chamois, many beautiful bird such as the Cao cat, the king fisher,
the Hut Mat and the dau riu also live on the island. Cat Ba National
Park has the largest area of tropical virgin forests in Vietnam.
According to research, there are 745 species of plants, 495 lines of
descent, 149 families, among which are 350 medicinal plants such as
Cho Doi, Trai Ly, Lat Hoa, Kim Giao and Va Nuoc.