A pair of giant, weathered stone hands – holding up a gleaming golden bridge – emerged from the Thien Thai gardens at Ba Na hills near Da Nang in central Vietnam. Opened in June, the 150m-long Cau Vang (meaning golden bridge in Vietnamese) adds to a series of statement footbridges around the world such as the Fan Bridge in Paddington Basin, London or the spiralling DNA-inspired Helix Bridge in Singapore.
Constructed in just under a year, with initial designs by TA Landscape Architecture, the bridge located 1,400 m above sea level is already crowded with excited visitors taking selfies. Photos of the bridge have gone viral on social media, much to the surprise of Vu Viet Anh, the principal designer and founder of TA Landscape Architecture.
According to a report by The Guardian, the Ba Na hills mountain retreat was a “favourite holiday location for the ruling French authorities in the early 20th century but fell into ruin after the revolution against colonial rule in 1945. The area is now home to a replica French village and gardens, along with a 5.8km cable car track…”
The entire bridge’s length is also planted with purple Lobelia Chrysanthemum flowers, adding a pop of colour to the golden balustrades.
Check out the video of the Cau Vang below, courtesy of Amazing Things in Vietnam: