Thumbs up for the spectacular 5,000ft-long footbridge that is 'held up' up by a pair of giant HANDS
August 08 2018, 4:40 PM
The spectacular new footbridge has opened in Vietnam that appears to be held up by a massive pair of hands.

The Golden Bridge is perched high in the country's Trường Sơn mountains in the Sun World Ba Na Hills resort.

It is set more than 4,593ft above sea level and extends out for 492 feet across the Vietnamese landscape.

The Golden Bridge in Vietnam, which is perched high in the country's Trường Sơn mountains in the Sun World Ba Na Hills resort and appears to be held up by a pair of hands

At the two ends of the crossing are two giant hands, which appear to be holding up the bridge.

The bridge only opened last month, but the hands have been designed so they look as if they've been there for centuries.

The bridge is reportedly part of a $2billion project to make the area more attractive to tourists and flowers line the walkways where visitors gather.

And unsurprisingly people have been flocking to the bridge to take pictures of the crossing to upload on to Instagram.

One of them was blogger Smashpop, who gained over 18,000 likes for his scenic shot of the bridge.

While Jenny posted a picture of the bridge that one of her followers said was 'amazing'.

The bridge is set more than 4,593ft above sea level and extends out for 492 feet across the Vietnamese landscape

Instagram users Elena and Puta283 also shared images of the eye-catching structure.

Principal designer and founder of TA Landscape Architecture, Vu Viet Anh, told AFP: 'We're proud that our product has been shared by people all over the world.'

The bridge snakes through the forest high up in mountains first developed by French colonists as a hill station in 1919.

Today the area is a major tourist attraction, boasting a cable car, replica French medieval village - including faux castle and cathedral - manicured gardens and a wax museum featuring statues of Lady Gaga and Michael Jordan.

The only remnants of the original French occupants are the crumbling remains of their holiday homes that can still be spotted from the cable car.

The Ba Na Hills project was built by Sun Group, which has divided opinion with audacious projects elsewhere in Vietnam.

The bridge is reportedly part of a $2billion project to make the area more attractive to tourists. Unsurprisingly people have been flocking to the bridge to take pictures of the crossing to upload on to Instagram

In 2016 it opened a cable car on Vietnam's tallest mountain Fansipan in the tourist hotpot Sapa, prompting complaints from locals who felt it spoiled the landscape and took business away from trekking guides.

But Vietnam is no stranger to off-the-wall attractions.

A 'crystal cloud' installation of 58,000 shimmering Swarovski beads in the rice-terraced hills of northern Vietnam opened earlier this year, while the surreal 'Crazy House' hotel in central Da Lat, designed to look a trippy treehouse, has long attracted legions of curious visitors.

The communist country has long sought to boost visitor numbers and position itself as a must-see destination in Southeast Asia.

It clocked 13 million foreign visitors last year, mostly from China - a far cry from the 35 million international visitors to Thailand in 2017.

Golden Bridge designer Anh said he already has another project in the works: a silver bridge made to look like a god's strand of hair that will connect to his existing structure in the Ba Na Hills.

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Source: DAILYMAIL

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