A corner of Ha Long bay

Ha Long bay, in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, was placed at 14th position.

According to the newspaper, Ha Long bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.

“Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest," it said.

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat topped the list, followed by Italy’s Venice and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Italy also has the most listed sites at 54, followed by China at 53 and Spain at 47. And some countries, such as Bhutan and Liberia, don't have any.

The list continues to grow, with the latest sites added being the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in South Africa and Fanjingshan in China./.

BTA