A Floating Village on Halong Bay

Posted by plusthings Categories: Photos, Travel Mar - 15 - 2013 0 Comment 466 views

  

Here on Halong Bay, I guide the Emeraude over the same waters day after day. To some, this may sound tedious: ‘What, the same waters every day!” While the incredulous may believe I’m seeing the same thing every day, what they don’t factor in is the weather. That does change every day. And I spent a lot of time watching that.
As captain of this vessel, I focus on changes. I watch the rise and fall of the barometer. I see the clouds move in and move out, the winds come in from the east and from the west. The rains paint noirish brush strokes against the karsts, and the sun dapples the water in a way that lays a new tapestry on the bay every time. Excuse the poetry, but we mariners who stare at the water more than most, take our cup of pleasure from another platter entirely.

But there is one physical change of note upcoming for the Emeraude. Starting Sept. 20, we’re going to quit dropping anchor at the Pearl Farm and start dropping anchor at the Floating Village. (We won’t really drop anchor, but you get the idea.)
The name of the village is Cua Van. I haven’t made an exact count, but there are easily more than a hundred households bobbing on the waters here. The residents earn their living from the sea, both from fishing the wild waters and by farming fish within the village.

Cua Van is not the only fishing village on the bay. There are Vong Vieng, Cong Tau and Ba Hang, but it has earned one mark of distinction. In 2006, with funding from Norway and a designation by the Ha Long Ecological Museum, the village was the first to be selected as a site for a Floating Cultural Centre.
The Centre is charged with gathering archaeological artifacts, documenting the lifestyle and preserving the village’s folklore. Much of the archaeology is happening in a recently discovered grotto, called Tien Ong in Vietnamese.






Leave a Reply


*




Algeria lost contact with Air Algerie...

Posted on Jul - 24 - 2014

0 Comment 80 views

Planes carrying MH17 bodies arrive in...

Posted on Jul - 23 - 2014

0 Comment 58 views

TransAsia Plane Crashes In Taiwan, 47...

Posted on Jul - 23 - 2014

0 Comment 51 views

Malaysia Airlines MH17 debris fall from...

Posted on Jul - 17 - 2014

0 Comment 171 views

Girls of The Day: Kate Hudson

Posted on Jul - 17 - 2014

0 Comment 106 views

Rafael Nadal won the 2013 French...

Posted on Jun - 9 - 2013

0 Comment 305 views

Justin Bieber surrounded by the most...

Posted on Nov - 8 - 2012

0 Comment 907 views

Liam Neeson: The hero of Taken...

Posted on Oct - 28 - 2012

0 Comment 126 views

Girls of The Day: Audrina Patridge

Posted on Apr - 30 - 2014

0 Comment 109 views

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Posted on May - 18 - 2014

0 Comment 115 views

Plus Things

Join Facebook


Statistic