Covering the area of 2,350km², Dong Van Rock Plateau belongs to 4 mountainous districts of Ha Giang Province, including Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac and Dong Van.
This is one of Viet Nam’s special limestone areas, housing prominent imprints that depict the development of the earth’s crust and natural phenomenon. Besides superb natural landscapes, the Dong Van Plateau has also preserved special traditional cultural values of ethnic minority groups and become a destination attracting many tourists and scientists.
Up to 80% of Dong Van Plateau’s area is limestone with 11 fossil – geological formations, of which Chang Pung is the oldest formation with the date of 545 million years. In addition, Dong Van also has 17 paleontology groups which helped scientists draw a complete picture of development history in terms of geology of Dong Van Rock Plateau in particular and the northeast Viet Nam - south China in general. Thanks to weather changes and geo-diversity, the karst evolution in Dong Van has created “rock gardens” and “rock forests” of diverse forms in the area, such as Khau Vai rock garden in Meo Vac, Van Chai rock garden in Dong Van… as well as system of caves and grottos such as Rong Cave in Sang Tung (Dong Van), Kho My Cave in Tung Vai (Quan Ba), En Grotto in Van Chai (Dong Van)…
The scientists have evaluated Dong Van Plateau as having a unique and diverse mountainous geo-ecosystem. Primitive forests here have been rather undamaged and are habitat for many rare floral and fauna species.
In addition, Dong Van Rock Plateau reflects traditional cultural richness of the ethnic minority groups, including Mong, Dao, Lo Lo, Pu Peo… Going to Dong Van, the tourists will have opportunities to visit mountainous markets such as Pho Bang, Dong Van, Lung Cu, Sa Phin as well as study custom and special festivals of the local ethnic minority groups.
On October 3, 2010, in Lesvos (Greece), Dong Van Rock Plateau was recognized as official member of Global Geo-parks Network (GGN) for its prominent values on landscape, palaeobiology, geology, geomorphology and local culture. Dong Van Rock Plateau has become the first geo-park of Viet Nam and the second one in Southeast Asia (after Langkawi Geo-park in Malaysia).
For promoting widely the beauty of Global Geo-park of Dong Van Rock Plateau to the domestic and international visitors, Management Board of the park carried out many activities of promotion and public education.