Dragon Bridge - the pride of Danang

Published:  15:51 Friday - July 08, 2016

Despite of the fact that Dragon Bridge doesn't have long history, it has become an icon of dynamic Da Nang. People say that if you go to Danang and miss the chance to see the Dragon Bridge at night, you will feel regret later.

The Dragon Bridge is a bridge with a dragon over the Han River at Da Nang, Vietnam. Dragon Bridge is 666m long, 37.5m wide and has six lanes for traffic. The bridge was designed by the US-based Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers with Louis Berger Group.

The aptly-named Dragon Bridge (it's called Cầu Rồng in Vietnamese) feature a snake-like dragon that seems to be slithering along the six-lane roadway. Opened in early 2013, the Dragon Bridge has 2,500 LED lights provided by Phillips. The bridge was designed by American architecture firm The Louis Berger Group. Berger's design also included a wide riverfront plaza that stretches along the banks of the Han.This modern bridge crosses the Han River at the Le Dinh Duong/Bach Dang traffic circle, providing the shortest road link from the Da Nang International Airport to other main roads in Da Nang city, and a more direct route to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach on the eastern edge of the city. The bridge was designed and built in the shape of a dragon and to breathe fire and water.

Each night at about 9 p.m., people gather in this plaza and line the sides of the bridge to watch the dragon's head spout fire and water while various-colored LED lights illuminate the dragon's head and body. The gas-powered flame and the spout of water are each given their own three-minute "show." Fire and Water Breathing The dragon on the bridge can breathe fire in 2 minutes with 3 minutes of water breathing after, making it an incredible highlight in Danang City. The water is sprayed out in a powerful blast reflecting the aspiration of Danang City. Fire and Water Performance: At 9.pm every weekends and holidays.

Sitting on the central coastline of Vietnam - an hour's flight from both the political capital of Ha Noi and the over crowded economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon) - Da Nang is a metropolis on the rise. Thanks to its relatively new found economic prowess, some people have started referring to this port city as one of Asia's economic dragons. As you will see shortly, this nickname is certainly not lost on Da Nang's urban planners.

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