Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vietnam, Mountains

Marble Mountains is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. the five mountains are named after the five elements , Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire), and Tho (earth).All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climbto the summit of one of the peaks. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountaims, making this a famous tourist spot.
The area is famous for stone sculpture making and stone cutting crafts. Direct rock extraction from the mountains was banned recently. Materials are now being transported fromquarries in Quang nam province.
As of 2003, the district had a population of 50,105. the district capital mlies at Da Nang.