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DA NANG

The city of Da Nang, one of the 5 municipalities, consists of a land area and Hoang Sa archipelago on the East Sea. Da Nang borders with Thua Thien-Hue province in the north, Quang Nam province in the south and the west, and the East Sea in the east, Quang Ngai province in the south.
 
Da Nang is situated in the centre of Viet Nam, 764km south of Ha Noi capital city and 964km north of  Ho Chi Minh City. From Da Nang, visitors can conveniently access to the other World Heritage Sites, comprising Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Hue Citadel, Hoi An Old Town, and My Son Cham Holy Land.
 
Tien Sa Port plays a key role in the East-West economic corridor, the gateway to the Pacific Ocean of Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and central Viet Nam. Located on international sea and air routes, Da Nang has an especially favourable location for rapid and sustainable development.
 
Area: 1,285.4 km2
 
Population: 951,700 inhabitants composed of 37 ethnicities ( with a majority of Viet people, the remaining ethnicities are Chinese, Co Tu, Tay, E De, Muong, Gia Rai, the least are Cho Ro, Ha Nhi, Si La and O Du).
 
Topography: Danang has both mountains and plains, among which high and steep mountains are concentrated in the west and northwest; from here there are many mountains stretching to the sea, alternately with some low hills along narrow plains.
The mountainous and steep topography covers a large area with an elevation ranging from 700 to 1,500m where the forest is home to many significant watershed to protect the ecological environment of the city.
 
Rivers: the rivers are short and steep, originating from the west and northwest of Quang Nam province.
2 main rivers are: Han river, 204km long, and Cu De river, approximately 38km long. Furthermore, there are some other rivers on Danang area, such as: Yen, Chu Bai, Vinh Dien, Tuy Loan, Phu Loc... All the rivers have 2 aspects: shallow water from January to August and flood from September to December.
 
Climate: Da Nang is located in the zone of typical tropical monsoon, temperate and equable climate. The city's weather bears the combination of the north and the south climate characters.  There are two seasons: the rainy season from August to December and the dry season from January to July. Average humidity is 83.4%.
 
Average temperature is about 26oC, the highest is 28-30oC in June, July and August; the lowest is 18-23oC in December, January and February. In Ba Na Mountain, the temperature is 20oC. Average rainfall is 2,505mm per year that concentrates during October and November.
 
The average humidity is 83.4%; highest in October and November the average of 85.67 to 87.67%; lowest in June and July, the average of 76.67 to 77.33%.
 
The average annual rainfall is 2,504.57 mm/year; highest rainfall is in October and November with an average of 550-1,000 mm/month; lowest rainfall is in January, February with an average of 23-40 mm/month.
 
Administrative units: 8 units composed of 6 urban districts, 1 rural district, 1 archipelago (Hoang Sa)
 
 
Sights of interest
 
Da Nang is a coastal city with more than 60 km of white sand beaches, visitors can enjoy swimming as well as beach games. Visitors can also go up Ba Na hill station, located west of the city, or explore Son Tra Peninsula , a forest in the city with rich flora and fauna and pristine rocky beaches. On Southeast of Danang is Ngu Hanh Son (Marble mountains, also called Five Elements mountains) with its natural beauty and religious values. In the city visitors can learn about the Cham civilization in Cham art museum.
 
Da Nang hosts large tourist events, including international fireworks competition held yearly since 2008. In May 2012, Da Nang first deployed Paragliding international competition. June is an annual event: “Summer Destination" gathering marine leisure activities. In addition, the city is surrounded by three World Cultural Heritages: Hue Citadel, Hoi An ancient town, My Son Holy Land. Farther is Bach Ma National Park and the world's natural heritage Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. So Danang is considered as an important transit point on the Central Heritage Road.
 
Son Tra peninsula, 10km from Danang city, the Son Tra Peninsula is crowned by the Son Tra Mountain with an elevation of 693m, resembling a big mushroom  with Son tra mountain as top. The 13.5km-long mountain to the northeast of Da Nang acts as a barrier protecting the city from strong winds and storms coming from the sea.
 
  
 
Ba Na Mountain is about 45km to the west of Da Nang, and there is winding road to the 1,487 m summit. The mountain area is estimated to host 136 families, 379 genuses and over 453 species of flora, including 251 medicinal species. It is also home to 266 vertebrates, 61 species of mammals, 178 species of birds, and 17 species of reptiles. The total area of Ba Na Mountain is 8,425 ha, including 6,056ha of natural forest.
 
          
 
The Marble Mountains (Five Elements Mountain), located at Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, are a major tourist attraction in Da Nang and are alongside the Da Nang-Hoi An roads, 8 km to the southeast of the central area of Da Nang. They consist of 5 mountains with many mysterious caves, Buddha statues and beautiful pagodas. Each mountain is named after the 5 oriental elements, representing: Thuy Son (Water), Moc Son (Wood), Hoa Son (Fire), Kim Son (Metal or Gold) and Tho Son (Earth).
 
 
 
Danang beaches: Da Nang has a nearly-60 kilometre-long famous coastline stretching from the foot of the Hai Van Pass to the Marble Mountains. It is an ideal choice for tourists worldwide and in 2005 was ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the “10 World’s Most Luxurious Beaches” in 2005.
Some beatiful and pristine beaches: Non Nuoc, North My An, My Khe, Pham Van Dong, Xuan Thieu, Thanh Binh
 
 
The Museum of Cham Sculpture is at the junction of Bach Dang Street and Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau District, near the Dragon Bridge. It is a graceful building and an eclectic mix of French-colonial architecture and Cham elements set in picturesque surroundings by the Han river. The museum houses the world's largest collection of Cham sculpture and is a popular tourist destination.
 
 
Non Nuoc stone carving village: located in Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, where artisans and craftsmen have been using the rocks of the Marble Mountains to produce tools, art and furniture for centuries. It is said that the craft village was established in the 18th century by Huynh Ba Quat, a man from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa.
 
  
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