Expansion for Trang An
The Trang An scenic landscape complex in northern Ninh Binh province will be expanded under a recent government master plan. The total natural land area will span over 12,252 ha in Ninh Binh city, Tam Diep township, and the districts of Hoa Lu, Gia Vien, and Nho Quan, with half being the complex and the other half the surrounding area, sitting within 20 local communes and precincts. Trang An is home to around 500 flora species, 73 species of birds, and 41 species of other animals, with a diverse ecosystem and unique geological characteristics. It boasts several nationally-recognised sites, such as the Trang An ecotourism site and Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s capital in the 10th and 11th centuries. It also has many temples, pagodas, paddy fields, villages and sacred sites and was recognised by UNESCO as a Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site in 2014.