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.

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.