Da Nang river to be ablaze with art lighting rig

 Bridges, two banks and the surface of the Han River, an iconic Da Nang beauty, are set to glow at night under a new city initiative.

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Truong Hong Hanh, director of Da Nang Tourism Department, said the Han River art lighting project is expected to commence within the next three months.

The river lighting system would be installed on the Thuan Phuoc, Han, Dragon, Tran Thi Ly and Nguyen Van Troi bridges, as well as both banks and the water surface, she told a seminar on tourism recovery and development Thursday.


Nguyen Van Quang, secretary of Da Nang Party Committee, said the lights for bridges and the riverside areas, including buildings, should be synchronized.

In future, all newly constructed buildings along the Han River would be required to install a lighting rig.

The secretary added Da Nang is planning to work with reputable investors to refurbish the entire Han River landscape. In particular, the city prioritizes the development of a number of infrastructures like Bach Dang pedestrian street and Nguyen Van Troi pedestrian bridge.

"An investor currently wants to introduce boat services on the river. The city will ask the investor to hold a boat race this June. Vessels will carry the names of districts and attractions of Da Nang for promotion," Quang said.

Han River is about seven kilometers long, flowing through Da Nang into the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea.

The entire Son Tra region, adjacent to the river, along with the section adjacent to the sea have been left idle. Along the Han River, there is no crossing along the five kilometer distance from the estuary to Tran Thi Ly Bridge.

In 1997, Da Nang authorities started the construction of Han Bridge, connecting the city center on the west bank (Hai Chau District) with the east bank (Son Tra District). It is the only rotating bridge in Vietnam and has boosted the city's appearance.

Years later, Da Nang built a series of bridges across the Han River.

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