Danang Information


Area: 1, 255, 53 sq. Km.
Population:
887,070 (in 2009).
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hoa, Co - tu, Tay.

Main towns:
Danang.
Districts: Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Son Tra, 
Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu, Cam Le,

Islands: Hoa Vang and Hoang Sa.

The annual average temperature varies from 28 to 29°C.

Business activities: Hospitality and tourism, marine products, agriculture.
 
4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around Da Nang:
 
•    Hoi An Ancient Town: founded by the Japanese in the 16th century, integrating cultural values of the Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese
 
•    Imperial City of Hue: the capital of the last dynasty in Vietnam with many palaces, temples, and mausoleums
 
•    Phong Nha Caves: the biggest cave(s) on earth
 
•    My Son Holy Land: religious-ceremony site(s) for kings of Champa as well as the burial site(s) for the Cham royalty and national heroes 

Danang:

As much as people know that Da Nang is the third biggest city in Vietnam or the biggest city in Central Vietnam, few people know about the meaning of the name or the origin of the city. The region of Da Nang was originally the city of Indrapura, Capital of the Champa Kingdom, and the word “Đà Nẵng” actually came from the Cham word of “Da Nak”, which means “mouth of a large river”. The Champa Kingdom was a mighty Hindi kingdom in present-day Central Vietnam from the 2nd century till the 15th century before it was conquered and annexed by the Vietnamese coming down from the north between the 10th and 19th century. At its height, the Champa Kingdom even invaded and captured the great city of Angkor and the Khmer Empire in Campodia for almost half a decade. Under Vietnamese and later the French colonial control, Da Nang was given the names of Cửa Hàn (“mouth of the Han River”) and “Tourane”, respectively.

In modern-day Vietnam, Da Nang is a fast growing city with a population of around 1 million. It is considered “the most worth-living city” in Vietnam, and the local government is determined to transform it into a “green” city. Major industries of the city include Information Technology (IT) and Tourism besides traditional handicraft and farming work. The city is also the transportation hub of Central Vietnam in terms of air, sea, road and railroad. With respect to arts and culture, the city is the gateway to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites besides a series on museums about different Vietnamese and Cham cultural values. In addition, Da Nang is home to most universities and colleges in the region.  


Places to Visit in Da Nang:
 
•    Marble Mountains (also known as Five-Elements Mountains)
•    Linh Ung Temple (in Buddha Bay)
•    Ba Na Hills (with the highest and longest ride of cable car in the world)
•    My Khe Beach (one of the 6 most beautiful beaches in the world)
•    Cham Museum (the biggest collection of arts and relics of the Champa Kingdom)
•    Vietnam War Museum


Major Events and Festivals in Danang:

MARCH:

  • Cau Ngu Festival: fish-worshiping ceremony to ensure best catches for the year
  • Da Nang’ s International Fireworks Festival: started from 2008, the annual fireworks competition in Danang has attracted some of the best pyrotechnic teams from around the world like from America, China, Japan, Italy, France, etc.

APRIL:

  • Quan The Am (or Quan Ing) Festival: taken place in the Marble Mountains, worshiping Quan The Am or the Lady Buddha, who, according to legends, resides in the East Sea of Vietnam.

OCTOBER:

  • Kate Festival: Cham pilgrimage back to the Holy Land of My Son to perform traditional performances and rituals

NOVEMBER:

  • Harvest Festival: celebration of the annual rice harvest
 
Transportation: 
Danang is 108km from Hue, 130km from Quang Ngai, 759km from Hanoi, and 965km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Air: The Airport is located 2.5km south-west of the city with daily flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Pleiku, Guangzhou (People's Republic of China), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Singapore, and Taipei (Republic of China). There are flights to Haiphong twice a week, Nha Trang four times a week and to Buon Ma Thuot three time a week. 

Train: The station is at 200 Hai Phong St. Tel: 0511.3.823 810: 3750666. Express trains stop in Danang. 

Bus: The long distance bus station is at 33/35 Dien Bien Phu St., Tel: 0511.3.822 020. Buses to Vinh, Hue, Haiphong, Quang Ngai, Hanoi, Buon Ma Thuot, Dalat and Nha Trang. 

Taxi Corporations in Danang

SÔNG HÀN TAXI

Tel: 0511. 3655 655

HƯƠNG LÚA TAXI

Tel: 0511. 3828 282

MAI LINH TAXI

Tel: 0511. 3522 666

TIENSA TAXI

Tel: 0511. 3797979

AIRPORT TAXI

Tel: 0511. 3825 555

TAXI XANH

Tel: 0511. 3686868