Da Nang & The Fire Dragon Bridge

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January 4th 2022
Published: January 4th 2022
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Today Huy took us to the city where he grew up.

Da Nang was the place where the first U.S. combat troops landed when the Marines came ashore in March 1965.

Da Nang marks the halfway point between the capital in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It’s the fourth largest city in Vietnam.

Huy explained how over the past 20 years the city has regenerated itself.

Along with the gorgeous Han river, flowing through Da Nang city like a delicate ribbon, bridges are some of Da Nang's most famous specialties.

Built in 1997 and opened in 2000, Han River Bridge is known as the first modern bridge designed by Vietnamese architects and local workers, also, the first swing bridge ever in Vietnam. Becoming a significant cultural spot, it not only helps facilitate transports and promote tourism but also boosts the growth of the economy of the city.

Huy showed photographs of one of the original bridges and some of the other beautiful bridges in the city and surrounding area.

The bridge that was our main feature today was Dragon Bridge, it has a length of 666.5 meters, weighs
nearly 9,000 tons, 6 lanes, 5 spans, and 2 pedestrian lanes.

The distinctive feature of the bridge is the model of steel beam structure system in the form of a dragon flying over the Han River. This is said to be the unique design of bearing structure in the world, which is a combination of steel beams, steel arches and concrete beams.

Improving the transport infrastructure and building a new architectural figure of Danang city, the local authority has successfully made this unique bridge become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

Thrill seeker Huy risked the heavy traffic to give us some incredible views directly under the bridge structure.

Although currently closed due to covid, a highlight of the Dragon Bridge is that it performs fire-breathing, spraying water every Weekend at 9pm

New year lights made the riverside areas look quite magical, our tour ended on The Love Bridge - It’s construction is inspired from famous padlock bridges around the world.

We returned in February tomse3 the dragon on fire.


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