As a part of our day trip to Halong Bay we make a stop at Dong Thien Cung also known as Heaven Cave. Gathered around we are given a bit of the history of the area before we begin another climb up a set of stairs to the entrance of the cave.
This hole plays an important role in the cave because it also allows water into the cave which helps to shape the formations here that are made up of 80% calcium carbonate.
As if the caves themselves are not fascinating enough, we are then told about some of the activities that have occurred here.Things that I thought were only fiction in Hollywood movies like Indiana Jones.
Monkeys captured and their brains eaten by the local men while they are still alive. And for the sake of equality the bones are then made into a black tar like soup for the women to enjoy after a cooking process that takes a few days.
This ritual of sorts is done as a medical process as it was believed to make your health better.
Others have already left theirs behind and so far I don't see anyone eating soup.
Like most of these types of caves, the formations can sometimes present some interesting images.
Then it is Romeo with his nose and big belly trying to serenade Juliet.
Romeo also has a horse nearby and since he rides it instead of walking his belly is becoming bigger and bigger. Keep that up and soon he is going to become a “Happy Buddha”.
It is no stretch of the imagination that the formation comes from working it 9 to 5.