Take one look at this majestic bridge located outside Da Nang in Vietnam and you won’t believe your eyes. Visitors are traveling from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking structure – a giant bridge that appears to be held up by two massive hands.
The gold-colored footbridge accented with purple Lobelia Chrysanthemums is called the Golden Bridge. Arching over the Ba Na hills, visitors have a chance to see breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.
It reaches 4,593 feet (1,400 meters) – that’s nearly a mile! – up into the sky. Plus, it stretches 492 feet (150 meters) long and has a neat curve to it, because this bridge is anything but boring and straight.
It’s not the lush growing flowers, the golden accents, or the unmatched scenery that have skyrocketed this bridge to fame. Instead, it’s the impeccably designed hands holding it up that have everyone gasping.
TA Landscape Architecture is the company behind the footbridge’s unique design. They made the hands so that they appear to be carved out of stone, but in reality, they are made from something slightly more complex.
“We 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,” the landscape architecture company explained in an interview with Bored Panda.
The bridge was designed as part of a two-billion-dollar investment aimed at bringing more tourists to the country, and it’s working.
Tourism in Vietnam is booming. While the area the bridge is in typically sees about 1.5 million visitors each year, far more are expected to travel to the region in the coming years.
The bridge sports an elegant design that is unlike anything else – hence why people say it looks like something straight out of Lord Of The Rings.
The gold bridge appears to be held up by two massive stone hands
No matter what angle you view it from, it’s quite a spectacle to take in, reaching 4,593 feet up into the clouds.
It offers impressive views of the surrounding Ba Na Hills. Ba Na Hills is a hill station and resort tucked in the Trường Sơn Mountains, just west of the city of Da Nang in central Vietnam.
The resort is located at such a high elevation that the temperature is always much cooler here – usually around 10 to 15 degrees cooler than surrounding coastal areas. So, don’t forget to bring your sweater, just in case!
There are cable cars that take visitors to and from the resort. In fact, it is the longest non-stop single-track cable car, stretching an impressive 19,032 feet.
The cable cars opened in March 2013, years before the Golden Bridge underwent construction. Visitors say that the cable cars are an equally impressive part of the experience, offering incredible views of the surrounding hills and forests.
Just opened to the public last June, the bridge is nearly brand new and yet already so many people have visited the area to see it first-hand.
The bridge was constructed as part of a $2 billion investment in the local area to bring in more tourists. They hope to drive in more than the 1.5 million visitors that already visit the area each year. So far, it appears to be working!
You can see looking at these photos just how many people are visiting the area to walk across the bridge.
Experts recommend coming early, as soon as the gates open, to beat the crowds that form later in the day.
The beautiful purple Lobelia Chrysanthemums that grow between the golden arches of the bridge add an extra special pop of ‘wow’.
While it looks incredible in pictures, visitors say it is every bit as magical (if not more so) in real life.
The bridge connects the cable car station with the gardens, helping visitors avoid a steep incline while providing an amazing view.
Be warned, it has one of the pricier entrance fees compared to other sites in Vietnam. As of now, the fee is 700,000 dongs, or around $43 per person.
That’s because it is part of a larger theme park known as Sun World. In exchange for the entrance fee, you’ll have the chance to check out additional attractions within the park.
Even though it is getting more expensive, Vietnam is still considered one of the more affordable places to travel in the world. Consider this epic experience one of the splurges on your great adventure.
Source: Bored Panda