Last updated by bosten at 2013-11-4
Subic Bay is located in the southwest of the Luzon Island of the Philippines, 80 kilometers away (about 49.71 miles) from Manila which is the capital city of the Philippines. Subic Bay is an important harbor on the eastern coast of South China Sea. Subic Bay is 14 kilometers (about 8.70 miles) long and ranges from 8 kilometers (about 4.97) to 13 kilometers (about 8.08 miles) wide. The water there ranges from 24 to 50 meters deep. These prove that Subic Bay is a good natural harbor where a large wheel can anchor. The perfect natural condition makes Subic Bay an important bay. In the past centuries, it has been the place that all countries competed for. In 1898, the US beat Spain and occupied Subic Bay. From the year 1947, the US army began to transform Subic Bay into a comprehensive naval base that is capable for ground, naval and air fights. In September, 1991, the Philippine senate voted against the treaty which agreed the US to continue to use the naval base.
Since 1992, the Republic of the Philippines has strived to develop the local tourist industry based on the mountains, forests and beaches and the foreign trade and secondary industry based on the harbor. Now, naval vessels, firearms and camouflage clothing are rarely seen. Instead, there are forest park, Ocean Park, various entertainment and sports facilities and large industry zones. Besides, there are many kinds of rare birds, insects, and other kinds of animals living in the semitropical forests in Subic Bay. Tourist can also go hiking and exploring in the semitropical forests. Sunshine and beaches attract hundreds and thousands of tourists every year. The golf course, velodromes, sports grounds and yacht clubs built in recent years have provided more choices for tourists. These infrastructures provide a superior opportunity for Subic Bay to hold many important sports events.
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