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Fire-Breathing Bridge, A Determined New Jersey Effort, In Vietnam
Interesting bridges are more of a permanent attraction, and we took a look at the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, a Gadling Photo of the Day, just last week.
But what about a bridge that is also a fire-breathing dragon? Now that's something different.
Modeled after a bridge from the Ly Dynasty, Vietnam recently unveiled a new 1,864-foot bridge that is shaped like a dragon and illuminated by 2,500 LED lights. Better yet, the bridge shoots fire from its mouth along with giant plumes of water.
Unveiled in Da Nang on the 38th anniversary of capturing the city near the end of the Vietnam War, the six-lane bridge, built by a New Jersey-based firm, cost about $85 million.
"This achievement is the result of the determination of Da Nang's leaders and the consensus of the local people," Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at an unveiling ceremony in March, reports YahooNews. "The government always supports Da Nang to become the center of economic, cultural and economic development in the central and Central Highlands region as well as the country."