Contemplating the beauty of stork island in Hai Duong

Published:  23:14 Thursday - December 15, 2011

Stork Island in in Chi Lang Nam Commune, Thanh Mien District, Hai Duong Province. It's one of the most attractive eco-tourism areas in Northern Vietnam.

The stork village belongs to Chi Lang Nam Ward, Thanh Mien District, and stays 25 kilometres far from Hai Duong City. There is a small island locating in the middle of the lake and its area is around 30 hectares wide. That is the place where thousands of storks are residing. The stork family here is quite various, including a plenty of species: white stork, fiery stork, cattle egret, grey stork, and so on. Thousands of herons and rare and valuable birds can be found here such as pelicans or teals residing together.

According to local people in Chi Lang Nam, there are many interesting legends about the stork island. In the past, this area was sunken and the island was formed in the 15th century after the dyke of the Red River collapsed because of a big flood. Gradually, it became the home of different varieties of storks, herons and birds.

Every year, in September of the lunar calendar when the north-east wind blows, thousands of storks, herons and birds from other places fly to the island. They often stay there until April of the following year. Therefore, the island becomes a destination of tourists and an environmental education centre is there to help raise awareness of environmental protection.

The best time to visit Chi Lang Nam Stork Island is at sunrise or sunset. At these times, visitors will have a chance to behold a beautiful painting with white storks and herons flocking out of and into the lake. Tourists will enjoy a spacious and greenish space with the peaceful landscape of a rural area. It is wonderful to mingle with nature and be away from our busy lives.

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