Nestled in the forested hills of central Vietnam two giant concrete hands emerge from the trees, holding up a glimmering golden bridge crowded with gleeful visitors taking selfies at the country’s latest eccentric tourist draw.
Designed to make visitors feel like they’re taking a stroll on a shimmering thread stretching across the hands of gods, the “Golden Bridge” has attracted hordes of guests since it opened in the Ba Na Hills near Da Nang in June.
Images of the bridge have gone viral on social media, much to the surprise of the architect who had no idea it would attract so much attention.
“We’re proud that our product has been shared by people all over the world,” principal designer and founder of TA Landscape Architecture, Vu Viet Anh, said.
At 150 metres long (490 feet), the bridge snakes through the forest high up in mountains first developed by French colonists as a hill station in 1919.
Today the area is a major tourist attraction, boasting a cable car, replica French medieval village -including faux castle and cathedral – manicured gardens and a wax museum featuring statues of Lady Gaga and Michael Jordan.
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The only remnants of the original French occupants are the crumbling remains of their holiday homes that can still be spotted from the cable car.
In the hands of the gods: Vietnam’s recently opened ‘Golden Bridge’ in the Ba Na Hills near Danang draws hordes of visitors much to the surprise of its architect http://u.afp.com/ono5 But visitors are mostly interested in the newly built CauVang, which means “Golden Bridge” in Vietnamese.
“The bridge is beautiful with an amazing architectural style, from here we can see Da Nang City, it’s so nice,” Nguyen Trung Phuc said.
Another visitor, Nguyen Hien Trang, said: “I have travelled quite a lot but I’ve never seen any bridges as beautiful as this one.”
Visitors take pictures along the 150-metre Cau Vang “Golden Bridge” in the Ba Na Hills near Da Nang. Photo: AFP
The Ba Na Hills project was built by Sun Group, which has divided opinion with audacious projects elsewhere in Vietnam.