The Golden Bridge (Vietnam)
The Golden Bridge is a 150-metre (490 ft) long pedestrian bridge in the Bà Nà Hills resort, near Da Nang, Vietnam. It is designed to connect the cable car station with the gardens and to provide a scenic overlook and tourist attraction.
It loops nearly back around to itself, and has two giant stone hands designed to appear to support the structure.
The novel piece of architecture has attracted scores of tourists with its unusual design since it opened in June.
Designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, the pedestrian walkway sits over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level and extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face, offering tourists uninterrupted views of the majestic landscape beneath.
The Golden bridge was designed to evoke the image of the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,” said Vu Viet Anh.
It supports – two huge stone-colored human hands styled in such a way that it looks as if the jungle is struggling to reclaim them creating an illusion of age and antiquity.
Ba Na Hills is a mountainside resort, establish by French colonists in 1919. Close to the city of Da Nang, it once held some 200 villas but today, only a few ruins remain. Ba Na Hills now holds a Fantasy Park and a ‘French village’, with cobbled streets.
“It creates a walkway in the sky, among the foggy and fairy-like lands of Ba Na mountain,” said Anh, who added that he had been surprised at the level of attention his firm’s design had attracted both locally and internationally.
150-meter in length, the bridge is divided into eight spans. Along each perimeter is a line of Lobelia Chrysanthemum flowers, adding a further layer of color to the gold balustrades.
According to The Spaces, the golden bridge scheme is reportedly part of a $2 billion project to entice tourists to the area.