As one of the destinations near to tourist harbour, Ti Top Island has yellow sand beach with the view to Bo Hon Island and the right of Dam Nam Island.
On 14/9/2015, Quang Ninh provincial people’s committee and Vietnam- Russia Friendship Association inaugurated statue of the Soviet cosmonaut hero, Giec Man Titov on Ti top Island, Halong Bay on 80th anniversary of his birth, 11th September (1935- 2015). The event not only bloomed a nice friendship of Vietnam and Russia but also increased historical and cultural values for Ti Top Island in particular and Halong Bay in general.
As one of the destinations near to tourist harbour, Ti Top Island has yellow sand beach with the view to Bo Hon Island and the right of Dam Nam Island. According to document and map of France people at the end of 19th century, Ti Top island was called as Cat Nang Island or Hong Thap Tu Island. Ti Top island was look like hundreds of other islands on Halong Bay if Ho Chi Minh President renamed for the island.
After 5 months of flight to space on the ship “Phuong Dong 2” at the beginning of 1962, G. Titov was invited to visit Vietnam by Ho Chi Minh president and Vietnam government. The 26- years old astronaut was warmly welcomed by locals.
On 22nd January, 1962, Ho Chi Minh President and G. Ti Top landed on Hong Quang coalmine and Halong Bay They visited Halong Bay by boat of Vietnam navy. When the cruise sailed to yellow sand beach, Ho Chi Minh President offered G. Titov and participants to go to the island to visit and relax. Although it was quite cold, G. Titov still swam and enjoyed on the island. After lunch on the island, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, Uncle Ho said to everyone that G. Titov couldn’t stay in Vietnam forever, so to memorize the visit of G. Titov, Uncle Ho named the island as Ti Top Island.
G. Titov was the central director of Soviet- Vietnam Friendship Association from 1966 to 1991 and honorary director of Vietnam- Russia Friendship Association from 1992 to 2000 (when he passed away). In the summer of 1999, he came back to Halong Bay to visit his name island and talked about nice memories in the visit with Ho Chi Minh President. In 2006, Mrs. Tamara- his wife also visited to the island. She cried and touched with love of Vietnamese people for her family. Especially, on 14/9/2015, Mrs. Tamara and her daughter, Tachiana visited to Halong bay to take part in opening of statue of G. Titov.
After 53 years of Uncle Ho and G. Titov visited to the island, Ti Top Island is not primitive and has a lot of positive changes. It is compared with symbol of friendship between Vietnam and Russia and as one of the most famous islands of Halong Bay the world’s heritage.
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