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This amazing “Golden Bridge” is held up by a pair of huge stone hands

It’s got the look of architecture from The Lord of the Rings, but these two giants hands holding up a bridge are as real as the people walking on it.

Cau Vang (‘Golden Bridge’ in Vietnamese) is found in the Ba Na Hills complex, Danang, in central Vietnam – and while it looks like it may have been the work of an ancient civilisation, it was actually opened in June of this year.

Already enveloped in stunning scenery, located at over 1000 metres above sea level, the bridge’s designer decided the best way for visitors and tourists to really take in the surrounds was to promenade along a walkway the was held up by the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land”.

“It creates a walkway in the sky, among the foggy and fairy-like lands of Ba Na mountain,” Vu Viet Anh, Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture, told Reuters.

Adding to the brilliance of the design is the foliage cascading off the giant hands, giving the effect that they have risen up out of the greenery below.

Unsurprisingly, since the 150-metre-long bridge opened, it has seen tourists flock to the complex and led to the new attraction going viral – which Anh said was a pleasant surprise.

“We’re proud that our product has been shared by people all over the world,” Anh told AFP.

The Ba Na Hills resort was opened in 1919 by the French, and at its peak contained over 200 villas.

Now, it is receiving a second life, with reports of a $2 billion project being undertaken to establish the resort as one of the nation’s premier tourist and visitor destinations.

“The two, smooth, giant hands look real,” Truong Hoang Linh Thuy, one such tourist who already made the trip, told Reuters.

“It makes me feel like humans can do anything.”

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