Da Nang is one of the major port cities in Vietnam (in addition to Ho Chi Minh city and Hai Phong) and the biggest city on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located within 100 km of several Unesco World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins. The city was previously known as Cua Han during early Dai Viet settlement, and as Tourane (or Turon) during French colonial time. It is the third biggest economic center in Vietnam (after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi).
Da Nang is located in the zone of typical tropical monsoon, temperate and equable climate. The city’s weather bears the combination of the north and the south climate characters with the inclination to the former. There are two seasons: the wet from August to December and the dry season from January to July, cold waves are occasional but they are of average and short lasting. Average humidity is 83.4%.
Da Nang is situtated in Quang Nam where the ancient people of Sa Huynh culture settled thousands of years ago with a wet rice civilization and the famous mulberry. When Champa Kingdom began its existance, the land belonged to the state of Amaravati. The vestiges of Champa Kingdom got a strong expression through many relics such as religious temples, remains of the Cham towels, Cham ancient wells, ect.
Da Nang also has traditional villages such as Non Nuoc stone carving village; Cam Ne Sedge Mat village; Nam O fish sause village, ect.
Da Nang has the art forms of traditional theater such as classical drama, reformed theatre, contemporary art forms including dance, ballet, opera, symphony...ect. The classical drama is typical.
Da Nang is a city with great potentials for tourism development. The North of the city is surrounded by high mountains with the Hai Van Pass famous as “the most important landscape". Ba Na resort in the West at the height of over 1,000 meters is equipped with a cable system to reach four world records and amusement parks in Southeast Asia’s largest Fantasy Park.
Son Tra peninsula in the Northeast of the city has 400 ha of primary forest including rich flora and fauna. The Southeast of the city is a spectacular landscape, Ngu Hanh Son. In the city, there is a system of temples, pagodas, shrines with oriental architecture, churches with western architecture. The city owns many museums of which Museum of Cham Sculpture is the most charateristic to exhibit Cham artifacts at the largest scale in Vietnam.