Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It's a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills, located to the west of the city. Here the Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains, 5 limestone outcrops that are home to pagodas and caves containing Buddhist shrines.
The Mỹ Khê, Mỹ An and Non Nước beaches – collectively known as “China Beach” by U.S. servicemen – are are home to upscale resorts, and Non Nước also has a stone-carvers’ village. Colorfully lit bridges span the Hàn River, and the Dragon Bridge "breathes" fire on weekends. The Museum of Cham Sculpture houses 5th–15th-century Hindu carvings. At Han Market, shoppers can buy silk paintings and local street food specialties including the city's signature mi quang noodle dish. Mountainside Linh Ứng Pagoda, on the forested Sơn Trà peninsula, has sweeping views.