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The Legend of Mother Dragon (Halong Bay, Vietnam 2009) | by Alex Stoen
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The Legend of Mother Dragon (Halong Bay, Vietnam 2009)

Happy #Earthday fellow travellers from one of my all-time favorite places - Halong Bay.


In ancient Vietnamese, Halong literally means “descending dragon” and it is originated from a legend of this ancient land.


The legend says that during the old time 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 mainland, 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 battlefield 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.


Vietnam is such a unique and amazing country. A land rich in colors, incredible food, and friendly people. I can't wait to get back and discover more of its hidden treasures!


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Taken on October 6, 2009