Where is Da Nang?

Da Nang one of Vietnam’s major port cities and is the biggest city on the country’s South Central Coast. Vietnam itself is located in South East Asia and shares land borders with China and Laos to the north, Cambodia to the west. Da Nang is roughly 770 kilometres away from the Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi.

Da Nang has a total area of 1,285 square km.

Language: Vietnamese

Currency: Vietnamese Dong.

Population: Around 1,007,400 are believed to live in the city of Da Nang.

Sister cities:

Da Nang sister cities in Asia include Kawasaki, Iwaki, Skizuoka, Kagoshima and Okinawa in Japan, Shandong, Jiangsu, Qingdao and Macau in China, Semarang in Indonesia, Kaohsiung in Chinese Taipei and Hai Phong in Vietnam.

San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Tacoma and Jersey City in the United States are also sister cities with Da Nang, as is Newcastle in Australia.

The list of sister cities is completed by Timisoara in Romania, Izmir in Turkey and Yaroslavl in Russia.

2016 Da Nang Asian Beach Games September 24th - October 3rd 2016


History

The city's origins date back as far as 192AD when it was part of the ancient Champa Kingdom, but its name first appears on maps in the 16th century. Da Nang, understood in the Champa language meaning “big river” is located next to the Han River and has been a major sea port for the Vietnam throughout its history and developed particularly when Europeans first began to land at the city.

Da Nang was ceded to France in 1787 functioned as a French concession until French withdrawal from Vietnam in 1954, when the country was partitioned. The city grew during the second Indochina War when the United States began utilising the port, where they established a major air base and began turning the city into one of the most modern and largest ports in the country.

As a consequence the city enjoys excellent transport links with the air base having been turned into an international airport following the conclusion of the war, while the city boasts national road and rail links with the capital city Hanoi, as well as Ho Chi Minh City.

Among the key attractions of the city are the Cham museum, which boasts many ancient artefacts from the period, while Buddhist shrines and the five peaks of the Ngu Hahn mountains are also popular tourist destinations. Tourism is one of the biggest industries for the city due to its beautiful beaches and boasts beachside resorts and nightclubs.


Sport

Da Nang football team SHB Da Nang plays in the V-League, Vietnam's top league and are currently one of the most highly ranked teams. They were crowned championsin 2009 and also won the Vietnamese Cup playoffs in the same year. As a result they also qualified for the AFC Champions League but failed to make it through the playoffs, although they reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup.

Due to its beaches, Da Nang is a popular water sports destination with holidaymakers and the general public able to enjoy jet skiing, kayaking, wind surfing, bodyboarding, wave boarding and parasailing.

Vietnamese athletes managed a fifth-placed finish on the medal table at the 2014 Asian Beach Games in Phuket as they secured eight gold, 12 silver and 20 bronze medals.

To date, Vietnam have secured two Olympic medals in their history with Tran Hieu Ngan earning taekwondo silver at Sydney 2000, while Hoang Anh Tuan won weightlifiting silver at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games.


Weather

Annual average temperature +26°C

Average temperature in January +22°C

Average temperature in August +29°C

Annual average precipitation 78.3 cm


5th Asian Beach Games 2016

The 5th Asian Beach Games took place in Da Nang in 2016. Originally Da Nang was due to share hosting duties with the town of Nha Trang, but the decision was made to host all events in Da Nang to save on costs.

The competition was held from September 24 to October 3, with 45 nations sending athletes to compete in the Games. Athletes competed in athletics, aquatics, basketball, football, handball, rowing and wrestling, as well as non-Olympic sports such as muay, bodybuilding, woodball, pencak silat, petanque, shuttle cock, ju-jitsu, kurash, vovinam, kabaddi, sepaktakraw and sambo.

The logo was designed to mimic waves and sand in the shape of young and dynamic athletes performing sport, with the OCA symbol inside. All parts of the logo rise up to form a large "V" shape, signifying Vietnam, victory and the number five in Roman numerals.

The mascot is a swiftlet, a distinct characteristic of the coastal central south of Vietnam which is famous for birds' nests - a valuable product in general and a particular speciality of Khánh Hòa province.

The mascot has a V-shaped tail and is holding a Torch which apparently represents solidarity, peace and vitality, with the OCA sun and the traditional waves on the outfit symbolising the Asian Beach Games.



Venues for 5th Asian Beach Games 2016

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games were held at the 28,000 capacity Chi Lang Stadium. The multi-purpose arena is most commonly used for football matches and is the home stadium of SHB Da Nang.

Competition during the Games was spread across three venue clusters, situated on Da Nang’s My Khe beach. One of the hopes was that by staging the events in temporary venues on the beach, Vietnam was able to display both their beautiful beaches and exotic locations to the world.