Ba Na Hills
It is said that tourists can experience four seasons of a year within one day: spring in the morning, summer at noon, autumn in the evening and winter at night. It is also said that going up to Bà Nà hills is like getting lost among clouds and fog. Truthfully, everybody has his own different feelings depended on various factors when reaching the summit of Bà Nà mountain, but it is true that most of the people think that Bà Nà is the most ideal destination for relaxation in this tropical monsoon area.
Lying at an elevation of 1.482 meters above sea level, Bà Nà hill, which is located in Hoa Vang district and about 30 kilometers northwest of Da Nang city, is an ancient mountain with the fairly flat summit. It was formed by various hard rocks such as granite, permatite, basalt, ect… with red soil covering its slope. It is home to diverse and unique flora and fauna with many valuable timber species such as Kien Kien wood (hopea pierrei Hance), agarwood, sindora tonkinensis, madhuca pasquieri, Vietnamese white pines, and rare animals such as crested argus pheasants, Asiatic black bears, yellow-cheeked crested gibbons, ect… Bà Nà mountain was recognized as a nature reserve by the government in 1986, and from then on, it has been invested and protected in many ways.
After the August Revolution of 1945, there were fewer and fewer people going to Bà Nà. During the resistance war against the French, the locals carried out the scorched – earth policy by destroying all the buildings on Bà Nà. From then on, the resorts became deserted and fell into oblivion in nearly of 1998, the Da Nang People’s Committee decided to turn Bà Nà mountains area into a large-scale ecotourism destination with a large complex of hotels, restaurants, conservation area, ect,… The 15 kilometers road from the foot to the summit of Bà Nà mountain was asphalted, which is convenient for transportation. After the year 2000, Bà Nà has been awakended and it quickly regained the standing of one of the most popular tourism destinations of Da Nang city and the Central Coast.
Today, it is much easier for tourists to go up Bà Nà’s peak thanks to the cable car system, a big project conducted by the Ba Na Cable Car Service Joint Stock Company, including such items: The Ba Na Cable Car line connecting An Loi with the peak of Vong Nguyet mountain, the technical area, the operating station and supplementary structures. The whole cable line consists of 22 pillars and 94 cabins, with the capacity of 1500 passengers/hour and the average speed of 6m/s.
On march 25, 2009 the Bà Nà Cable Car system was officially inaugurated. Then, it set two Guiness World Records: the longest non-stop single track cable car with a total length of 5,042.62 meters and the highest non-stop cable car with the largest difference in height (1,291.81m) between the upper and lower stations.
Bà Nà is really the mixture of misty and romantic features of creatures, the nostalgia of mossy tiled roofs and the human interference in the beauty. Looking down to Da Nang from the top of Bà Nà, one seems to have the feelings of living in a different happiness and different emotions, the things that he can never experience from life in noisy urban areas.