The Fishing Villages of Halong Bay

In 1994, the Bay of Tonkin, which includes Halong Bay, was made an UNESCO Heritage Site. The fishing villages were moved to sheltered bays to protect the people living there from from the typhoons that rage in this part of the world.

But there are still concerns about pollution caused by the villages, and to protect the ecology of the bay UNESCO has decided to remove the fishing villages. To me this seems to be an extreme reaction, especially for the people that have lived in these villages for generations. They will get free housing on the mainland but their whole way of life is being wiped out.

Halong Bay Fishing Village Fishing village in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam in Halong Bay, a squid boat with lightsHalong Bay Fishing Village Halong Bay Fishing Village Halong Bay Fishing Village Halong Bay Fishing Village Halong Bay Fishing Village Halong Bay Fishing VillageSmall boat being rowed with the rower’s feet.
Small boat being rowed with the rower's feet in Halong BayFishing boat anchored next to the floating village.Fishing Boat in Halong Bay Detail of woven boat.
Detail of Woven Boat in Halong Bay

More photos of Vietnam.

For more on this UNESCO site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/672

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