Thousands of people gathered at the iconic Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, central Vietnam on Saturday evening to admire a popular fire and water breathing performance after the show was suspended for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the show was scheduled to begin at 9:00 pm, crowds of visitors and residents had already filled the surrounding areas as of 8:00 pm.
Huynh Minh Tam from Ho Chi Minh City said she and her boyfriend traveled to Da Nang to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The couple arrived in the central city on Saturday afternoon and were very excited to hear that the fire breathing performance would resume later the same day.
“We have never seen the show before,” Tam said.
|Thousands gather at a park near the Dragon Bridge to enjoy a fire performance in Da Nang, Vietnam, February 12, 2022. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
“The atmosphere here is bustling and joyful, which makes me feel like life has been back to normal.”
Ho Quoc Hung, a local resident, said he was happy and proud that visitors have begun to return to Da Nang.
“I hope that the pandemic will remain under control this year so that the local tourism sector can recover,” Hung added.
Vo Thanh Duoc, director of Da Nang Bridge and Road JSC, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the iconic show at the Dragon Bridge was resumed from Saturday following a long hiatus due to the pandemic.
Each show lasts for 15 minutes and is scheduled to take place at 9:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday.
|People watch the fire and water breathing show at the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam, February 12, 2022. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
The resumption of the show is part of local authorities’ efforts to bring back visitors to the city, Duoc stated.
The city’s tourism sector is working with travel firms, accommodation faciltiies, airlines, and tourist attractions to develop a plan to stimulate tourism demand, which is expected to launch in March, he added.
Da Nang has recorded more than 42,800 local COVID-19 cases since the fourth virus wave hit the country last April.
About 960,000 out of 1.13 million people in the city have received their first vaccine dose, while over 912,000 have been jabbed twice, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.