Giant Hands Cradle Vietnam’s New Golden Bridge

This unique architectural feat now welcomes visitors.

By Christine Blau
Published 2 Aug 2018, 11:37 BST
Photograph by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/_catricorn_/" target="_blank">@catricorn</a>

A pair of giant, stone hands emerge from the verdant hills of Vietnam, lifting a gleaming bridge toward the sky. Cau Vang (meaning "gold bridge") just opened near Da Nang in the heart of the country, adding yet another reason to explore the ever-popular destination.

Suspended almost 4,600 feet above sea level, the bridge combines eight sections and stretches 500 feet long. The hands appear weathered as if constructed centuries ago. Visitors can stroll through rows of purple chrysanthemums for uninterrupted views of the rolling Trường Sơn Mountains.

Cau Vang bridge rises above the Thien Thai gardens at the Bà Nà Hills Resort. Opened in 1919 by French colonists with around 200 villas, today the area holds attractions like an alpine roller coaster and the longest nonstop, single-track cable car, according to Guinness World Records.

Reports show this bridge as part of a £1.5 billion project to entice tourists in the area. No one claimed credit for the impressive design as their own, but architectural renderings appear suggest the Vietnamese landscape company TA Corporation.

This story was originally published on NationalGeographic.com in English


 

Read More

You might also like

History and Civilisation
These 12 stunning bridges are engineering marvels
History and Civilisation
As Lunar New Year approaches, many Asians worry about future journeys
Photography
See gorgeous pictures of Vietnam—from above and below
History and Civilisation
See Inside Italy's Ghost Villages
History and Civilisation
Why Dubliners celebrate Bloomsday, a uniquely Irish holiday

Explore Nat Geo

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • History & Culture
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Space
  • Adventure
  • Video

About us

Subscribe

  • Magazines
  • Newsletter
  • Disney+

Follow us

Copyright © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society. Copyright © 2015-2021 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved