Cao Bang: Exploring Vietnam's New UNESCO Global Geopark
The breathtaking Cao Bang Geopark in Vietnam has recently been recognized by UNESCO, and in celebration of this achievement, here is a glimpse into one of Vietnam’s most beautiful landscapes.
The western half of the park features sedimentary and volcanic rocks, towering mountains, rich minerals, and fossils. Geologists estimate that some of the sedimentary rocks date back as far as 500 million years and contain fossils marking different biosphere extinctions and past environments. It is essentially a theme park for geology aficionados!
Biodiversity and UNESCO Recognition
On April 12th, UNESCO declared Cao Bang an official member of its global network of national geoparks owing to its rich history, cultural significance, and lush biodiversity. Local authorities are promoting sustainable tourism and are prioritizing the protection of Cao Bang’s spectacular environment. Cao Bang sits at a cool altitude of 300 meters and has a pleasant climate throughout the year, but the spring season from February through May is best to visit to avoid heavy monsoons and fog.
Fun fact: Cao Bang is not Vietnam’s first site to be recognized by UNESCO! Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark in Ha Giang Province was also recognized back in 2010. With sustainability and environmental protection in mind, hopefully more of Vietnam’s incredible landscapes will attain international recognition and the protection that comes along with it.
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