Dong Van Stone Plateau development plan discussed
Update: Dec 02, 2013
The Construction Ministry and the People’s Committee of northern mountainous Ha Giang province have agreed on the Dong Van Stone Plateau development plan to 2030, with an aim of turning it into a national tourism centre.

The master plan includes planning for the development of geo-cultural, geo-scientific and ecological parks in combination with preserving bio-diversity preservation.

Speaking at a working session with the Ha Giang provincial People’s Committee in Ha Giang city on November 28, Deputy Construction Minister Nguyen Dinh Toan stressed that apart from investing in urban development, the province needs to focus on maintaining and conserving its intactness and cultural identities of ethnic minority groups in the plateau.

Vice Chairperson of the provincial People’s Committee Sen Chin Ly stated that in the coming time, the province will mobilise all sources to develop infrastructure, promote the image of Dong Van Stone Plateau, and implement incentives so as to call for domestic and foreigner investors to the region.

Dong Van Stone Plateau, which has remained untouched for hundreds of millions of years, is spread over the four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac and Dong Van.

The plateau is 80 percent limestone and contains the fossils of thousands of prehistoric species from 400-600 million years ago. It is now home to 250,000 people from 17 different ethnic groups.

Since the plateau’s recognition as a member of the Global Network of National Geo-parks in 2010, Ha Giang’s tourism sector has enjoyed rapid growth.

In 2012, the province welcomed more than 400,000 arrivals and earned 300 billion VND from tourism services.