The French artist Antoine Ponchin won the prestigious Prix de l'Indochine in 1922, which enabled him to travel to work in Indochina. Between 1919 to the 1930s, other French artists such as Victor Tardieu, Joseph Inguimberty,Georges Barrière and Evariste Jonchère also attained this Art Prize. In the 1920s Antoine Ponchin, along with his son, Jos-Henri Ponchi painted the mural of the High School Albert Sarraut in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Exhibited in Paris in 1927, the present work depicts a beautiful view of the famous Ha Long Bay at the break of dawn. Ponchin stood from the famous "Surprise Cave" to paint a spectacular and colorful perspective of the Vietnam's beloved Ha Long Bay.