Fighting Cocks Islets (Trong Mai Islets)

Visiting Halong Bay, certainly, you cannot forget about a range of majestic caves and unique islets. To be known as one of the most visited islets in Halong Bay, the Fighting Cock Islets not only satisfy visitors on the aesthetic side but also on the artistic side as well.

 

The Fighting Cock Islets (or also called Trong Mai Islets) is one of Halong Bay’s symbols of arts. Each year, it receives an enormous number of visitors from both inside and outside the country. 

Fighting cocks islets is also called 'Trong Mai islets'

Fighting cocks islets is also called 'Trong Mai islets'. Photo: Internet

Location and Transportation: 

The Fighting Cock Islets is situated on the South-West side of the World Heritage Halong Bay, only 5 kilometers far from the Bai Chay''s Harbor. It’s also sitting near the famous Dinh Huong Islet and the Stone Dog Islet.

To visit the Fighting Cock Islets, it is best to book a seat on a cruise so that the tour guides can give you the most specific information of this destination as well as you will have more time to observe the beautiful scenery of the Bay and enjoy the ideal atmosphere here. 

A tourist takes photo near Fighting cocks islets

A tourist takes photo near Fighting cocks islets. Photo: internet

Name explanations and the details of the islets: 

To explain the special name of the Fighting Cock Islets, most people based on two theories. Both explanations are based on the shape of the islets. According to many people who believe in the first theory, the islets look like two cocks that are fighting against each other, so they name it the Fighting Cock Islets.

But for some other people, when looking at the islets, they see the image of two chickens: one is a cock, the other is a hen and they are kissing. So, they associate the image with the name Trong Mai Islets (Cock-Hen Islets). In fact, although most people concur with the second explanation, there is absolutely no unanimity on the name yet.

The image of two chickens: one is a cock, the other is a hen

The image of two chickens: one is a cock, the other is a hen. Photo: Internet

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The Fighting Cock Islets is the combination of two limestone islets: one islet has the shape of a rooster, the other one is believed as a hen. They’re about 10 meters tall and have tiny pillars that prop up the majestic bodies of the chickens. The heavy “chicken” bodies with diminutive legs make the Fighting Cock Islets look even more fragile as if a strong wave is able to cause the collapse of two famous limestone islets.

But many years have passed by, the Fighting Cock Islets still stands imposingly and strongly weathers the storms. Many people believe that since the love of the two chickens has touched the heart of the God, he has protected them throughout the years.

Not only bearing the aesthetic value, but this islets also brings back many inspirations for a lot of artists. due to that reason, the Fighting Cock Islets have entered many famous songs and literary works. Artists consider the beautiful and romantic image of  the two chickens as the symbol of everlasting love between the male and the female. A famous poem used to state (in English means:):

“There were people ardently loved each other

Carved their names on the Trong Mai Islets

Their names hadn’t faded yet but they had forgotten each other

The stone’s love still lasted with the moon forever”.

Symbol of The Fighting Cock Islets to create many beautiful products and souvenirs

Symbol of The Fighting Cock Islets to create many beautiful products and souvenirs. Photo: Internet

Many artisans in Halong Bay also use the symbol of The Fighting Cock Islets to create many beautiful products and souvenirs. The purpose of this is to advertise the image of Halong Bay (specifically) and Vietnam (generally) to international tourists.

The most perfect time to observe the Fighting Cock Islets is at the sunrise and at the sunset. In the peaceful atmosphere, the combination of the grandiose Islets and the reddish sunlight brights up the whole scenery. This would be an ideal moment to spend time with your family and your loved ones. I promise the experience at the Fighting Cock Islets will be a one of a lifetime experience that you will never forget.

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2018-11-28