Exploring Ba Vi National Park

The Hanoitimes - Covering an area of 10,814.6 ha and located about 60 km west of Hanoi`s downtown, with fresh and cool alpine climate, Ba Vi National Park has become an ideal destination for domestic and foreign visitors.

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The Park was established in 1991 providing visitors with the majestic scenery of the mountains and forests and telling them the story of  the sacred legend of Son Tinh – Thuy Tinh (the Genies of the Mountain and the Rivers).

 

Fall Church in Ba Vi National Park.

Fall Church in Ba Vi National Park.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Ba Vi has earned the reputation of a relaxing retreat thanks to the diversity of its ecosystems, beautiful scenery and fresh climate. The national park covers a  mountain range with 3 high peaks: the King peak is the highest with 1296 m high, following is the Tan Vien peak with 1227 m high and Ngoc Hoa peak with 1131 m high. Waterfalls in the mountain pour down daily, forming a charming landscape with many scenic sights such as Khoang Xanh, Ao Vua, Thac Nga, Suoi Ngoc.  

Ba Vi National Park has 1,209 species of plants, including 21 species of rare plants listed in the Red Book of Vietnam, 63 species of mammals, 115 species of birds, 61 species of reptiles and 27 species of amphibians, with many precious and rare species such as: civet, large lobe, pheasant and so on.

The mountain is said to embody  the saint Tan Vien Son Tinh (the Genie of the Mountain), who leads the Four Immortals in the Vietnamese mythology. To commemorate the work of water management of Tan Vien Saint, his temple was built on Tan Vien peak, so-called the Thuong (Upper) Temple. In addition to the historical values, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Van Lang culture of the 18th Hung King and listen to the love story of Son Tinh Saint and Ngoc Hoa Princess.

At a height of 600m, a historical relic of the revolution marked the brave battle between Vietnamese troops and the French invaders in the Hoa Binh campaign which is the  600 Ba Vi fortification. The fort was built by the occupying French troops in 1951 on the basis of the old villa of a French national. Visiting this place, visitors recall the heroic past and are  exposed to the soul of Tan mountain and Da River. This base has been classified as a national historical relic in 2007.

In this historical base, wildflowers bloom in late October and the whole month of November, inspiring young adventurers to shoot photos. The visit to Ba Vi National Park around this time will give visitors the sight of  a lot of wildflowers along the road right from the foot of the mountain.