Hang Hanh Grotto
Hang Hanh is one of the longest grottoes in Ha Long Bay,lying 9 km west of Cẩm Phả Town and 20 km from Bãi Cháy Beach. It is1,300 m long, and stretches throughout the stone mountain of Quang Hanh
Hanh Grotto is extremely beautiful. Thesmall boat will take you through the stone passageway by lamp-light,casting magical colors on the hanging stalactites.
The French named it “Le Tunnel” or Tunnel Grotto. The mouth of the grotto is so low one has to go by small boat to pass through.
To get there, tourists can hire canoesin Ðoan wharf (Hòn Gai, Hạ Long City) or take a coach to Cẩm Phả. At theCẩm Phả wharf, one can also hire boats or canoes to go to the grotto.One should visit the grotto at low tide, as this is the time the mouthof the grotto appears. Remember to bring along torches before startingthe journey. It takes one some 60 to 90 minutes to complete the trip.Hang Hanh Grotto seems suitable for adventures. Another matter of noless important is that the boatmen must be experienced or else you willget locked up in this deep “Water Palace”.
In front of the present-day mouth standsBa Cô (Three Girls) shrine in a towering piece of stone. Legend has itthat: “Once upon a time there were three girls who often went to the seatogether. One day, they caught a pouring rain and took shelter in agrotto. They found the scenery so captivating that they forgot the timeof rising tide. Locked up in the grotto, they passed away and becameWater God.”
Today, fishermen usually went to the shrine to pray for their bestowing favors on them.