Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Think Dallas’ new bridge is cool? Vietnam has a dragon-shaped bridge that breathes fire
Oh, and it cost less too.
We in Dallas are pretty proud of our beautiful new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava. And with good reason — its 446-foot arch has added an exciting new element to our skyline.
But what if I told you they just finished a bridge in Vietnam that is shaped like a dragon and breathes fire? And it cost less than half of our fancy bridge? Cue the sad trombone: Wah-wahhhh.
According to Wired UK, Da Nang’s Dragon Bridge spans more than 2,000 feet total, is lit by more than 2,500 LED bulbs, and can propel both fire and water out of its giant mouth (though presumably not at the same time). It cost 1.7 trillion Vietnamese dong, which is about $81.5 million U.S. dollars. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, in comparison, topped $182 million.
Dragon Bridge, Da Nang
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