Tuần Châu

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Tuần Châu
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Scenery on Tuần Châu island
Tuần Châu is located in Vietnam
Tuần Châu
Tuần Châu (Vietnam)
Location Hạ Long Bay
Coordinates 20°55′52″N 106°59′12″E / 20.931076°N 106.986580°E / 20.931076; 106.986580Coordinates: 20°55′52″N 106°59′12″E / 20.931076°N 106.986580°E / 20.931076; 106.986580
Area 2.3 km2 (0.89 sq mi)
Province Quảng Ninh Province
City Hạ Long
Population 1500
Density 681.82 /km2 (1,765.91 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Vietnamese people
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Tuần Châu is a schist island on the south-west side of Hạ Long City in Vietnam. Covered by pine forest, has an area of 2.2 km² and to the east and south are two man made beaches endowed with very white, fine sand. The octagonal house where President Hồ Chí Minh stayed when he vacationed here has now become a memorial site. Nowadays, Tuần Châu Island is one of the most touristic destinations in Hạ Long City.

Tuần Châu is in an important position at the entrance of the waterway system of Thăng Long, Bặch Đằng and Vân Ðồn. This is why in the feudal time, the royal army set up a guard station here to patrol and defend the borderland. The Office of Feudal Customs was also installed there.

The island also has many archaeological sites pertaining to the ancient Hạ Long culture from 3,000 to 5,000 years ago.

One can go to Tuần Châu Island via the 2-km cement road from the mainland. Construction of this road was officially started on February 28, 1998. Investments have been poured into the island to turn it into a modern tourist resort. It includes attractions such as the dolphin, sea lion, and performing-seal club, animal circus club, golf course, cultural-sports center, beach, rural market, ornamental fish lake, villas in Hill 1 and Hill 2, guesthouses, five 80-room villas by the beach. The ensemble of five restaurants and one round house built in the pagoda motif can serve up to 500 guests at the same time.

In 2004, Miss Vietnam was held here. In 2005, Tuần Châu was where "Vietnam: The Island of Mr. Sang" episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations was filmed.

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