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Da Nang's Golden Bridge tops list of world's most breathtaking attractions

Released at: 08:47, 14/09/2018

Da Nang's Golden Bridge tops list of world's most breathtaking attractions

Da Nang’s Golden Bridge. Photo: Nghenhinvietnam.vn

Vietnam the only Asian country on Brightside list with two representatives.

by Le Diem

The popular Cyprus-based travel site Brightside has revealed 20 miraculous attractions around the world that can “thrill even those who have seen everything” and want more adventure.

The brand-new Golden Bridge in central Da Nang city, which opened to the public last June, topped the list. “It resembles something that looks like it came out of a surrealist painting - it’s made of two giant hands holding it together from one side to the other,” the site wrote. It also recommended the bridge as a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Nestled in Ba Na Hills, 1,400 meters above sea level over a 150-meter deep valley, the bridge looks as if it’s supported by two giant hands. The hands look like they are carved from stone, but actually aren’t. The frame of the hands was designed and covered with steel mesh before it was finished with fiberglass. The entire construction of the bridge took about a year.

It soon attracted a lot of attention and praise from social networks, famous media, and architecture sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Reuters. AFP, BoredPanda, Archdaily, and TA Landscape Architecture, etc. Many agreed that it looked like something from the mysterious world of the famous “Lord of the Rings” movies.

The bridge was recently ranked second after Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, in a list of the greatest places in the world by US weekly news magazine Time. Earlier, The Guardian, a daily newspaper from the UK, also named it as the number one destination and the latest in a long line of weird and wonderful structures around the world.

Meanwhile, placed at 17th in Brightside’s list is Cua Van fishing village in Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh province, which is one of the largest floating villages in the world, according to the site. “Local people are mainly fishermen and there are no houses on the land in the surrounding area, just floating houses in the sea,” it wrote. “Among those floating houses are schools and activity centers, where people in the community can visit by taking a boat from one side of the village to the other.”

(Cua Van fishing village. Photo: Vtr.org)

Around 20km from the tourist boat wharf and home to more than 700 people, Cua Van fishing village helps visitors gaze at the beautiful limestone karsts and isles of Ha Long Bay, take photos of the floating village with its colorful raft houses, and witness first-hand the daily lives of local fishermen. Earlier this year, it was also recognized as one of the world’s 16 most picturesque villages by travel blog Journeyetc.com. In an article compiled by bloggers on the renowned travel site, the village is listed 14th out of 16 and described as a hidden gem in world heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.

Other places on Brightside’s list are Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (China), Beachy Head (UK), Hamilton Pool Preserve (Texas), Hinatuan Enchanted River (Philippines), and Northern Lake Baikal (Russia).

Da Nang’s tourism sector saw impressive growth in the first half of 2018, welcoming some 4 million visitors, up 29.4 per cent year-on-year, of which 1.6 million were foreigners, up 47.1 per cent. Quang Ninh welcomed 7.5 million visitors in the first half, including nearly 2.5 million international arrivals, up 26 per cent and 14 per cent against the same period last year.

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