Situated on the Red River Delta, NinhBinh separates the North and the Central Vietnam by TamDiep Mountain Range. It is surrounded by HoaBinh, HaNam provinces on the north, NamDinh Province on the east and ThanhHoa on the west and the south.
NinhBinh's topography is divided clearly into 3 parts: the mountainous area in the west and northwest; the delta and coastal area in the east and south. NinhBinh has Day, VanSang rivers, and NonNuoc, CanhDieu mountains. Annual average temperature is 23.4oC.
In NinhBinh, HoaLu Ancient Capital (in TruongYen Commune, HoaLu District now) was chosen as the first capital of Vietnam feudal centralism regime and the DaiCoViet's political, economic and cultural centre with the name of Kings DinhTienHoang, LeDaiHanh and LyThai To in 10th century. In 1010, King LyThaiTo moved the capital from HoaLu to ThangLong (Hanoi now), opening a new era for Vietnamese people.
NinhBinh owns beautiful TamCoc, BichDong, DichLong, HoaSon, Tien caves, VanTrinh Grotto and other special landscapes following:
CucPhuong National Park is home of varies of strange flora and fauna. Especially it is enjoyable to touch the thousand-year-old cho xanh (parashrea stellata) and sau (Dracontomelum Duperranum or Dancorra Edulis) trees, 50-70m high. The park is also suitable to watch birds, butterflies and orchid flowers.
PhatDiem Cathedral is a solemn and interesting architectural complex, reflecting the skilful and excellent stone carving art of the Vietnamese workers.
NinhBinh's people have created such famous and traditional products as KimSon's fine arts, HoaLu's high-class embroidery, hanger products and rocky sculpture products for export, Gia Vien's rattan and bamboo knitting products, etc.
Located 90km far from Hanoi, NinhBinh has convenient waterway and road networks of transportation. The Reunification Express Train from Hanoi to HoChiMinh City stops at NinhBinh Town. National Highway No.10 connects to NamDinh, ThanhHoa provinces and National Highway No.12B links to HoaBinh Province.