Da Nang sits in Central Vietnam 85 miles south of what was the border between South and North Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was a major air base for the US and South Vietnamese forces that saw nearly 2,600 air operations per day. This was a greater number than any other airport in the world at the time. Cement hangers covered with camouflage netting protected the air craft from attack. Many of these remain, disused and decaying around the area of the current Da Nang airport which continues to use the runways that were in use during the war.
Da Nang fell to the Viet Cong on the 30th March 1975.
Da Nang was also the site of China beach where the American soldiers came for the R and R leave. The 30 kms of white sand beaches was a wonderful rest from the terrors of war despite being so close to the action. It allowed the decaying mind to recover before going back into a new style of war where the soldiers did not know who the enemy was and the jungle held terrors for them beyond belief. Many returned servicemen still suffer from the decay that set in to their psyche as a result of this.
Prior to the war there were over 70 religious temples and structures near Da Nang the but many of these were badly damaged from bombing raids during the war and have since decayed. Approximately 20 survived and the site has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the Marble Mtns some of the pagodas still survive in this region that is famous for it marble artisans.
In response to Paula’s challenge