The Gulf of Tonkin

50% of the world’s shipping fleet passes through the South China Sea every year.

The Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred on 2nd August 1964 with a sea battle between American and North Vietnamese forces.

Much of the Gulf of Tonkin is less than 60 metres deep.

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of over 3,000 karst limestone islands.

One-third of the world’s marine species are found in the South China Sea, making it incredibly bio-diverse.

1,600 people make their homes in floating villages set up between the islands in Ha Long Bay.

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