[an error occurred while processing this directive] George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight | This Bridge In Vietnam Has A Giant Firebreathing Dragon On It. For Real.


Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows



Alt News
This Bridge In Vietnam Has A Giant Firebreathing Dragon On It. For Real.
April 7, 2013
submit to reddit

Photo: Sotay Dulich

Pop quiz: you're going to build a bridge. What do you need?

Obviously, space for cars, and probably pedestrians and bikes. And you'll need to make sure the construction is solid.

Oh, yeah, and you'll obviously have to include a gigantic light-up dragon that breathes real fire.

At least, you'll need that if you want to live up to this bridge in the city of Da Nang in Vietnam. It's a fully functional bridge (one of the heaviest in the world, in fact) with six lanes for cars and two for bikes - and it also happens to include a huge sculpture of a dragon.

Photo: Sotay Dulich

The Da Nang dragon contains 15,000 LED lights which glow in a variety of colours, and also boasts a mouth that can spray either water or real live flames. Check out this video of the firebreathing in action:

The bridge, which is 666 metres long, opened on March 29 - the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang city during the Vietnam War. Construction started in July 2009, and the bridge is now the shortest route across the Han River from Da Nang airport to the beaches on the east side.

Photo: Sotay Dulich

In all, it cost $85 million to build, which seems like a small price to pay for the bragging rights of having a city with a bridge that breathes fire.

Via My Modern Met


A Bridge For Mr. Hockey?

GOOD GREEN NEWS: U.S. Carbon Emissions; Plastic Bridge; Green Investing; Recycling

Will The Skyscraper Of The Future Be Built Out Of... Wood?


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.