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Da Nang is the fourth largest central city of Vietnam, after Ho Chi Minh city, Ha Noi and Hai Phong. It has an area of nearly 1,260 km², and a population of 752,493 people. Together with Hue, Da Nang is the city in the South Center Coast, on the coast of Southern Asia Sea, the middle of Vietnam.
Considered “the city lying on the side of the East Sea” Da Nang has over 30km of coastline stretching from the foot of the Hai Van Pass to Non Nuoc in Ngu Hanh Son Ward. Along the coastline there are many beautiful beaches, such as Nam O, Xuan Thieu, Thanh Binh, Tien Sa, Son Tra, My Khe, Bac My An and Non Nuoc.
In 2005, Forbes Magazine, the leading economic magazine in the United States, selected My Khe Beach in Da Nang as one of the six most attractive beaches in the world. In early 2010, the Sunday Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper, also put My Khe Beach, on the list of the top 10 best beaches in Asia.
The city is in the site of the East Sea and Han River with special different charms. Nature has offered the city a great position among three World heritages generously: ancient royal capital Hue, ancient city Hoi An and Holy land My Son. Thanks to this, Da Nang plays an important role in hosting, serving and transferring visitors. Not only being in the middle point of three world heritages, but also does it has numerous unforgettable beautiful scenes.
Da Nang people are very keen on participating in the city traditional festivals. Danang festivals have a lot in common with those of the coastal areas in Central Vietnam but bear lots of specific features and distinctive beauty of the region. In the festive days, with the whole colorful area and thrilling songs of praying peace, ardent rhythm of “bai choi”. The festivals in Danang City were originated long time ago, passed from generations to generations such as Cau Ngu festival, Avalokitecvara festival, Hoa My village festival, An Hai village festival etc. Time went by, many festivals were not generated such as “Pastor festival” – a very special one for pastors only, naughty children with muddy legs and bareheaded.
Besides the bustle of the city center, there are ancient villages and traditional trade village’s hidden by the range of bamboos in the city’s suburban areas of Da Nang. Outside the city, Phong Nam ancient village, Tuy Loan ancient village have a vast view of rice fields, small paths under bamboo shade and sometimes feeling peaceful atmosphere of hens’ sound in the afternoon.