The Cau Vang (Golden Bridge) in the central coastal city of Da Nang held up by a colossal pair of hands has caught media attention worldwide due to its dazzling design.
The UK’s The Guardian called the footbridge part of “a line of weird and wonderful structures around the world”. Cau Vang is among unusual bridges stretching from Iowa to India: “structures that are noteworthy as architectural statements in themselves, rather than accessories for an already popular location,” it wrote on July 30.
Meanwhile, the article “Behold Vietnam’s Enchanting Golden Bridge that looks like it’s straight out of wonderland” posted on India Times on July 31 said that “the highlight of this jaw-dropping structure is that it rests on two giant hands.”
Also, American Fox News said that the bridge “has attracted tourists from all over” and it is “because of its unique design that features two larger-than-life hands holding up a pedestrian pathway dressed in gold.”
The US-based most visited architecture website archdaily.com lauded the structure as a “daring” bridge while the French design website creapills.com described the bridge as an “absolutely impressive bridge in Vietnam” which offers visitors “an incredible experience: crossing a footbridge that seems literally supported by two giant stone hands.”
Since its opening in June this year, the bridge has attracted a throng of visitors, all eager to see a novel piece of architecture.
The walkway is 150 metres long and comprises of eight spans, each of which is lined with purple chrysanthemums. Located more than 1,400m above sea level, the bridge serves as a transit between a replica of a French village and Le Jardin D’Amour flower garden in Ba Na Hills resort. From the bridge, visitors have a panoramic view of the green mountains of Nui Chua.
The bridge took just under a year to construct, with designs by TA Landscape Architecture. It is part of a US$2 billion development project to bring more tourists to Vietnam.
Last month, the bridge was selected as the stage for the fashion show “Dao buoc tren may” (A walk to the sky) by director Long Kan.