The People’s Committee of Thanh Mien district in northern Hai Duong province held a ceremony on November 16 to receive a certificate recognising its Dao Co (Stork Island) as a national relic site.

Stork Island, comprising of two islets covering 67 hectares, is located in the middle of An Duong Lake in Chi Lang Nam commune, Thanh Mien district. It is now home to a large number of flora and fauna species.

Each year from the ninth lunar month to the fourth of next year, thousands of storks, herons and birds flock to the island to feed and lay eggs.

It has become an attractive eco-tourism destination of Hai Duong province and the Red River Delta region at large, suitable for field trips of students and researchers.

Additionally, its surrounding areas have several historical sites like temples, pagodas and traditional trade villages.

In the province’s tourism development master plan, Stork Island will be part of the core tourism route. The province requested Thanh Mien district to focus on protecting the environment, and effectively implementing eco-tourism development plans on the island with a view to turning it into a historical and ecological tourist attraction.-VNA