2018’s must-see attraction

Imagine a golden bridge being held in the hands of a god 1400m above sea level. Sounds mythical, but in fact, this is pretty much the case with the newly opened Golden Bridge in Vietnam’s Ba Na Hills near Danang.

The bridge was designed by Vietnamese architect Vu Viet Anh, who says his philosophy when creating the bridge was to create a structure like “God’s hands had pulled a strip of gold from the mountains, creating a walkway in the sky, among the foggy and fairy-like lands of Ba Na mountain”.

Rightfully so, the bridge has earned the nickname, “God’s Hands”, but it’s also known as Cau Vang to the locals, which means ‘golden globe’.

This otherworldly structure is set in the Thien Thai garden in Ba Na Hills and incorporates eight spans totalling 150m long. The hands were designed to look like they’d been there for centuries, although they are actually made of a metal mesh that’s permeated by vines and moss. Lobelia Chrysanthemums litter the walkway, threading through the lattices on the bridge. Opened in June, the $2 billion project hopes to bring tourists back to what was once a popular mountainside resort established by French colonists almost 100 years ago.

Would you like to visit this impressive bridge? Is Vietnam high on your travel wishlist?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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