LANG CO-HUE BAY
Southern China Sea
16o15' North 108o05' East
16o15' North 108o05' East
Lang Co Bay (‘Village of the Storks') is located in central Vietnam at the bottom of Vai Van Pass (Pass of the Cloud - 496 m in altitude) which defines two different climatic zones.
It is served by Highway No 1, the central road going to Hue, ancient imperial town classified as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993, and at a distance of 80 km.
Lang Co is part of a larger natural set up which includes mountains, a river, a lagoon, an island and a beach 32 km in length.
This natural diversity gives way to an important biodiversity notably regarding protected marine species: corals, molluscs, fishes, shellfishes, turtles...
These ecosystems of high biological value are also economically important. Other than in the fishing industry, they are used in the production of everyday utensils (bags, baskets...), fertilizer or even in medical goods (active substances extracted from coral).
Because of its location, its natural and cultural wealth, the bay is part of the national tourism development plan. This plan is supported by Vietnam Government with the wiliness to protect and to enhance these natural and cultural wealth.
Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO
| Coastline: |
Dunes with lagoons
| Language: |
| Climate: |
tropical with winter and summer monsoons
| Local economy : |
tourism, fishery, agriculture
| Temperatures: |
Annual average : 24°C
Thermal amplitude : 20 to 28°C
| Demography: Channay - Lang Co economical zone. |
Population (inhab.) : 40 000
| Precipitations: |
Annual : 2900 mm
Distribution : 3 months from September to November
| Human Development Index: |
| Biogeographic classification: |
Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas and shortlands
| Ecological Footprint: |
0,76 ha (Vietnam)
one of Vietnam’s 15 marine sanctuaries with 5 key ecosystems of major biological value shown by its numerous species: corals (144), marine herbariums (31/animals and 151/fishes); mangrove (14/flora); proximity of Bach Ma National Park (37,000 ha) also with numerous species: flora (1406); animals (132); birds (358); reptiles; pheasants (7/12); (biosphere reserve project).
Tuy Van Mountain poetical landscapes (pagodas, temples); "Road of heritage Centre” which includes the cave Phong Nha (Quang Binh), the imperial capital of Hue (Unesco – 1993 : political, cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945), the ancient city of Hoi An (Unesco – 1999 : South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century), the towers of My Son (Unesco – 1999 : the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom IVe au XIIIe siècle)
General management plan and sustainable development plan of the tourism zone (associating tourism services with agriculture and local fishing).
Criteria retained by the club:
BC 3: Tuy Van; Hue; My Son. BN 2: Marine (Lang Co) and terrestrial (Bach Ma) ecosystems.