Phu Long is the name of a
big cave recently discovered and exploited on
Cat Ba island.
Phu Long also has other names like Khau Quy, Thien Long...
The cave is located in Phu Long commune, Cat Hai district.
Before the August revolution in 1945, Phu Long was a commune
of Ha Sen administration, Cat Hai district. Phu Long cave is
inside a limestone mountain in the form of Holy Turtle (A
big turtle reaching out to the sea)
Phu Long as well as many other
caves on Cat Ba Island in Ha
Long Bay is the valuable "tourism resources". Visitors to
the cave will have more scientific understanding of the
process of formation of limestone caves by the creator, the
rise and fall of sea level over the period of geological
movement that its mark left behind in ancient sediments or
water traces on the cave walls. Coming further into the cave
one sees all the beauty and excitement of the art sculptures
in natural light vanity lamps, torches.
Phu Long cave has multiple layers, gradually rising from the
outside like a maze in the place of eternity. The door is
narrow, undulating the signs of nature, looking out to the
south breezes blowing in from the sea. Over the entrance is
an open space, the cave ceiling is low, about 1.5 to 2
meters, the arch was formed by big rocks that runs winding
and curving, this first chamber has the structure of a big
stone roof, from the ground rises a giant pillar, 1.5 meters
high appearing it is trying to push the dome higher. Visit
the cave, tourists will have a chance to think about the
process of creating a painting as seen traces of the creator
hundreds of millions of years ago.
From the entrance to the cave there are many layers, formed
by stalactites and stone shoots, the main door has the shape
of an arch, from the ceilings the stalagmites create a
forest of milk pounding the holy water falls. The second
cave is a world of the living species. Stalactites form the
elephants, dogs, deers, crocodiles, horses...gather at one
place. Inside the second cave there are many large roots
descending from the top of the mountain, like the natural
ladders. The cave dome is high and large, gleaming like it
is plated with silver or the sky full of stars, from above
the gold mountain, silver streams pouring down.
Through the door of second cave is the entrance to the third
cave, along the sides are tigers and elephants guarding. To
get into the cave visitors have to climb over a big turtle
with white stalactites. The centre of the cave is divided
into 2 sections, on the left is Heaven Palace, on the right
is Buddist Palace. Heaven Palace has golden dragon thrones,
statues, day dream goddess with long hair, four holy animals
are on the heaven dragon pillar...all are formed by
stalactites and the immense imagination of humans.
Phu Long cave is also a place to keep the bones of the
primitive people, with hiddend mysteries, a pirate refuge of
one time. In front of Phu Long cave is a large pond with
potential for seafood. Around the cave is primitive forest,
vegetation diversity and abundance, including many rare
herbs. Phu Long cave is an ideal place for the study of
prehistoric archeology and ecotourism development. The
administration of the Cat Hai district is planning to build
infrastructure, general planning of the whole area, protect
the landscape and environment, creating favorable conditions
for tourists sightseeing.