HISTORY OF HALONG BAY
Although the name Halong Bay has made it to the world thanks to its world heritage title and one of new Seven Wonders of the World, there are not many people who know about the mystery beneath that name. In Vietnamese, Halong literally means “descending dragon” and it is originated from a legend of this ancient land.
The legend says that during the ancient period when the country was newly formed, Vietnamese had to fight against fierce invaders coming from the North through the sea. Feeling sorry for the country, The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her children descending on earth to help ancient Vietnamese people defend the country.
While the mighty enemies were attacking the main land, The Mother Dragon and her children suddenly appeared and incinerated the enemies with their divine fire and giant emeralds. The emeralds from the dragon’s mouth were scattered around the battle field on the sea and formed an invincible defensive wall that left enemy battleship fleet sinking. Thanks to the dragons, the Northern invaders were finally swept away and the peace finally came back the South East Asian country once again. After thousands of years, the wall of emerald turned into island and islets of different sizes and shapes.
After the battle, The Mother Dragon and her children didn’t come back to the heaven, but stayed in the mortal world and turned into human form and instructed people how to cultivate, plan, crop, raise cattle, reclaim, and successively expand the country.
To recognize the help of Mother Dragon and her children, the people has lived there from generation to generation name the bay where the Mother Dragon descended “Ha Long or Halong” and the bay where her children descended “Bai Tu Long”, which means “Thanks to the Dragon’s children”.