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Cuc Phong National Park

February 25, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

After the previous day, only gluttons for punishment would don a backpack and head up to the Cuc Phong National Park. The next day we headed up to the Cuc Phong National Park, backpack in tow.

 

 

 

 

The route was not long, in total about 7km, but it was an arduous old thing, lots of steps up, then down, then up, then steeper until eventually we got to the highlight of the walk, the 1000 year old tree. The only omission from the guide books, was the small matter of whether it could be called a tree or a log, because to us it looked distinctly dead.

one tree was leaning badly - luckily we had Grannie to hold it up.

Thus bemused, we continued around in a loop with lots more up/down/steps sections until pretty tired out we returned and made most of the hospitality at the small restaurant near park HQ. After resting up, we were ready to face more activities, so a short drive away we stopped by a rather impressive prehistoric cave, only relatively recently excavated, and still remote enough that you get a real sense of fire burning and people wandering around in fur loin cloths.

In the walls of the cave near the entrance, the stone contained many snail shells, with many more litering the floor. The shells looked so pristine that we cannot believe they are fossils, yet we cannot understand how else they could have got there – geologists please help!

After all this natural beauty, all that remained was a visit to the local monkey sanctuary accompanied by one of the park wardens. The sanctuary is famous mainly for the long tailed monkeys called Langurs, in particular the Cat Ba Langur (having stayed in Cat Ba only a couple of nights previously we took an interest). The Cat Ba Langur is so endangered that only 64 remain alive in the world, 5 of them in this sanctuary as part of a breeding programme making them part of the worlds 25 most endangered primates – it was a bit special to see them close up.

The Cat Ba Langur is the one on the left

The drive back to Ninh Binh - how desperate am I to get out the Photoshop!

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  1. March 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    guess those monkeys remind you of working with structural engineers!!!(you must miss it so much!!!)

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      A good Structural Engineer is just as rare as an endangered monkey! I count you in the Cat Ba Langur category. Now you just need to perfect the swing!

  2. clive
    March 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Do Cat B Monkeys live in Networks?

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      How you knew that a “Network”, was the correct collective noun for Cat Ba Langurs I will never know.

      “Not the Nine o’clock news” would be proud of you. (remember the Flange of Gorilla’s sketch)

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