Me Cung Cave – Halong Bay Caves Tours
Me Cung cave is located at an altitude of 25m on Lo Bo island, about 2km southwest of Ti-Top Island. From a distance, the door is like a roof deep in the side of the island. The labyrinth cave has been identified by archaeologists as one of the relics of the early Halong Culture – from 10,000 to 7,000 years ago today. The most remaining vestiges found at the mouth of the cave are Melania snail shells – a snail that only lives in the stream.
How Beautiful Me Cung Cave
Through a small door opening just one person through, the cave opens up many compartments, small but very sophisticated, stalactites bearing the image of beautiful statues, beautiful patterns, stalactites falling in bunches of colors. From the cave ceiling, the stone lions, the stone bears were playing each other, the stone curtains flowed on the cliffs … A faint light from afar, it was the path leading to the cave entrance. Out of the cave, climb a few steps of sharp, jagged rocks, looking down is a lake surrounded by mountains is very round and wide, four seasons of blue water is as smooth as a mirror, in which is the world of species. creatures clustered as fish, shrimp, squid, seaweed, algae, coral, and crabs … Next to it is a land with many old trees that people often call the “royal garden”, which is breathtakingly beautiful.
Through the rocky steps, a wide rocky roof protrudes, dry and airy, a thick layer of Melina stream snails spread over the cave entrance as the background. In the past, this layer of snail up to 1.2 m thick was formed by semi-fossil layer outside. Recently discovered a fossilized animal skeleton in the cave. The Me Cung cave has been identified by archaeologists as one of the relics of the pre-Halong culture in the early Neolithic period, from 7,000 to 10,000 years ago.
Going into the cave, visitors seem to be entering the palace of a Persian emperor and the murmurs here make visitors feel like it is the voice of shell, telling the story of a thousand and one night. your monarch.
On the island are old trees reflecting the water … This is also home to birds, animals such as monkeys, langurs, antelope, varan …
Me Cung Cave Location
The Me Cung Cave is located in the absolute protection zone of the Heritage – World Wonders of Halong Bay, has a very complex structure, including many levels, many compartments, niches stretching within the rock roof with a long corridor more than 100m, gradually rising to the west to look down a small lake as the name of the cave – Me Dung Lake. In general, the labyrinth lake is located between the rocky walls, seemingly independent of the sea. According to scientists, the labyrinth lake is a geological ecological area that is very valuable for scientific research. This is also a very vivid scene of the area’s nature.
The mouth of the Me Cung cave turns to the east, a 40m2 wide, leveled very flat. According to archaeologists, this area is an ideal rock roof for human residence because it is dry, cool because behind it is a small, discreet cave system. To serve tourism exploitation, Me Cung cave has been renovated and so the main cultural layer of the cave, which is stream snail and mountain snail, has been reduced to the front of the cave by the authorities. Fortunately, the people who renovated the cave did not “touch” to the two sides of the door to the rocky roof with 4 snail shells including spring snails and mountain snails. These sedimentary rocks show that at first the cultural layer here was 60-150cm thick.
In addition to the shells of stream and mountain snails, in Me Cung cave, there are also plates of clams, mussels, and shellfish – which are freshwater mollusks. Fortunately – according to the scientists, when renovating the Me Cung cave, the Halong Bay Management Board collected and still retained a collection of fossilized or semi-fossil animal bones. In the future, a careful study of these animal bones will give us useful answers about the habitat, the object of exploitation, how to eat and even the spiritual conception of the ancient Halong. because the bone details were found in a deep and discreet niche of the labyrinth cave – which contains pleitoncen golden earth deposits and it will certainly contribute to further clarify the date of the archaeological relic equivalent to Hoa Binh and Bac Son cultural stages of Halong Bay area.
As one of the attractions on line 2 of Ha Long Bay (including Sung Sot – Me Cung Cave – Luon Cave- Titop – Soi Sim), the Me Cung Cave has attracted many tourists to visit, research and learn about history, culture. Going into the Me Cung cave, visitors seem to be entering the palace of ancient kings. In addition to caves with historical sediments, on Lo Bo Island, there are also species of old trees reflecting the blue and flat water of Me Cung Cave. This is also the habitat of birds and animals such as monkeys, varans … Especially, thanks to the attention and protection of officials and staff of the Park and Caves Conservation Center (Halong Bay Management Board). So the ecosystem of the labyrinth lake is getting better and better. The corals and sea cucumbers have been recovered, creating momentum for many endemic fauna and flora species of Halong to develop. The Me Cung Cave promises to become an attractive eco-tourism attraction in the near future.
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