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Vietnam’s Gold Bridge Cradled by Hands Surprises all – Including its Designers

Cau Vang, or the “Gold Bridge,” made quite a splash when it first appeared in news feeds. Its awe-inspiring design evoked the image of nature pulling a strand of gold back to earth. The massive hands and seemingly impossible tilt is quite an engineering feat, but the views it allows are just as impressive.

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The bridge is perched almost 4600 feet above sea level over the Bà Nà Hills Resort. Opened nearly a century ago, the French colonial-era resort charms visitors with its 200 villas, roller coaster and cable car. Now the area can add amazing new ways to view the scenery — and a bridge that’s scene-stealing in itself — to its lineup of tourist attractions.

Surprisingly, the firm that designed the bridge didn’t immediately claim credit. A landscape architecture company called TA Corporation told the press they were surprised at the attention the bridge has drawn from around the world. TA Corporation can consider their creation a whopping success; not only has it impressed a global online audience, but its design was commissioned as part of a $2 billion initiative to boost tourism. As a result of their remarkable addition to the landscape of the Trường Sơn Mountains, tourism to the Ba Na Hills is expected to far surpass last year’s 2.7 million-plus figure.

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