Why is this Vietnamese bridge going viral?
VIETNAM’S coastal city Da Nang has been getting a lot of attention as of late, thanks to the rise in airline routes connecting the destination to the rest of the world.
Now, travelers have one more seemingly mystical reason to visit Da Nang.
Located on the west of Da Nang is Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort that was founded in 1919 by French colonists.
The hills are particularly famous for the Linh Ung Pagoda and the Ba Na Cable Car which holds the world record for the longest nonstop single track cable car.
More recently, Da Nang unveiled its very own Cau Vang, Vietnamese for “Golden Bridge”, which has attracted hordes of guests since its opening in June.
Nestled in the forested Ba Na Hills, the bridge snakes through the forest high up in mountains first developed by French colonists.
The elegantly designed bridge, which stands 1,4000 meters above sea level above Ba Na Hills, appears to be held aloft by two giant stone hands.
The 150-meter gold-colored walkway was designed to make visitors feel like they’re taking a stroll on a shimmery thread stretching across “the hands of gods” and offers majestic views of the surrounding countryside.
While the gigantic, sculpted hands look like they were carved from stone, they’re actually not.
According to TA Landscape Architecture, the company that was responsible for designing the bridge, they “designed the skeleton of the hands and covered them with steel meshes.”
“Then we finished with fiberglass and added the theming on it. The entire construction of the bridge took about a year,” Bored Panda quoted TA Landscape Architecture as saying.
Images of the bridge have since gone viral on social media, and the architects were surprised and humbled that it would attract so much attention.
“We’re proud that our product has been shared by people all over the world,” TA Landscape Architecture principal designer and founder Vu Viet Anh told AFP.
Ba Na Hills’ “Golden Bridge” is also lined with purple Lobelia chrysanthemums, so visitors will always feel like they’re walking among clouds of blooms.
The country is working hard to position itself as a must-see destination in Southeast Asia and the “Golden Bridge” is part of a US$2 billion investment to bring more than the 1.5 million visitors the area receives annually.
Earlier this year, Vietnam unveiled a “crystal cloud” installation of 58,000 shimmering Swarovski beads in the rice-terraced hills of Yen Bai province in northern Vietnam.