Danang – city of bridges

Rong Bridge released fire on its opening day

Danang’s bridges do not only contribute to the economic development of the city but also links all the tourist destinations in the city which now has a nickname – the city of bridges.

Since Rong (Dragon) Bridge came into operation in March, on the short section along Han River, Danang now boasts six bridges connecting the city downtown to Son Tra and Ngu Hanh Son districts.

They are: Thuan Phuoc, Song Han, Rong, Nguyen Van Troi, Tran Thi Ly and Tien Son.

The city has applied to set a record for the ‘biggest dragon in the world’ to the Guinness World Records (GWR).

Rong Bridge is 666 meters long, it includes a dragon head (18.24m), body (680m) and tail (19.37m). Its width is 37.5m divided into a six-lane road.

The bridge’s head and tail are designed with dragons from the Ly Dynasty in mind. The bridge ejects fire and water every Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m.

Before stepping on the tail of the bridge, tourists can visit Cham Museum which has more than 300 artworks made of terracotta and sandstone. All are dated back to the development of Cham people’s culture from 7th to 15th centuries.

Meanwhile, on  the other side – the head of the bridge, heading for about 200 meters, tourists can relax on My Khe Beach. The beach is suggested as an ideal place for tourists to swim, play beach sports games and enjoy seafood.

Thuan Phuoc Bridge is the country’s longest cabled-stay bridge – Photos: Trung Chau

Right at the sea mouth, Thuan Phuoc, the longest cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam with 1.8 kilometers in length and 18 meters in width, was inaugurated in 2010 with VND60 billion invested in its huge lights system.

From downtown, tourists can tramp along Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, one of  the most beautiful streets in Vietnam, running 12 kilometers along Danang Bay from Hai Van Pass to Thuan Phuoc Bridge.

On the other side of the bridge is Son Tra Mountain which is famous for Linh Ung Pagoda, Bai Bui, Bai Rang and Bai Da beaches. Standing on the bridge, tourists can see the five other bridges.

Han River Bridge is the country’s first swing bridge

Not too far away from there is Song Han (Han River) Bridge, the first swing bridge in the country – 487 meters in length.

From 1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. every day, it will swing 90 degrees. From there, tourists can shop at Han Market. Under the sunset, walking along Bach Dang Street along the river, tourists will see real life at play, as men enjoy Chinese chess on the sidewalk, sculptural works and many seafood booths.

Crossing Han River and Rong bridges, tourists will reach Nguyen Van Troi Bridge, the oldest in the city. Built in 1965 with dome architecture, it is over 500 meters long.

Tran Thi Ly Bridge, with its unique architecture, is a cable-stayed bridge. It is 731 meters long and 34.5 meters wide, including the main span of 230 meters. It highlights a 12-degree leaning tower with a height of 145 meters.

Tien Son Bridge is where tourists can take a view of the magnificent Ngu Hanh Son Bridge.

By Trung Chau in Danang

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