Ngũ hành sơn tiếng anh

     

Vietnam is rich in beautiful places, protagonists of multiple legends, & featuring inimitable characteristics that no other place in the world has. One of these is undoubtedly the Marble Mountains, (in Vietnamese: tử vi ngũ hành Sơn; lit. “five-elements mountains”).

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Located just outside the thành phố of Da-Nang, these mountains are a cluster of five marble and limestone hills, which used to be islands & now emerge from the surrounding rice fields. In January 2019, these natural formations received the National Special Relic certificate from the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Vietnam.


Da-Nang is a continuously developing city, rich in modern facilities, nightlife, and sparkling hotels, protected và embraced by the Marble Mountains & their sanctuaries và pagodas. Located right in the middle of Vietnam territory, its history is sadly marked by wars and airstrikes; however, after more than 40 years since the end of the Vietnam war, the đô thị has returned lớn being a very peaceful place, in an enchanting natural landscape, where big buildings and beaches are the sings of a rapidly growing tourism & economy. As of today, in fact, the đô thị is classified as an industrial area thanks to its harbor, which is capable of handling the traffic of containers.

Da-Nang counts almost 5000 industries, the most important of which are:The export industry of fishery products;The production of furniture, home accessories, & textiles;The manufacturing industry.

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Right at the feet of the Marble Mountains, in fact, there are marble factories và laboratories dealing with the realization of sculptures: this has been one of the most profitable traditional jobs in Da-Nang for about 400 years. Here, some time ago, artisans would create religious, artistic sculptures & also small souvenirs, tools for domestic use, & pieces of jewelry, using the marble extracted from the mountains (which is also where the gems decorating Ho bỏ ra Minh’s mausoleum come from); today, instead, the extraction of marble from the famous peaks is prohibited by law, and marble is imported from the surrounding areas.


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The Marble Mountains can be found about 25 km away from Hoi An, on the road to Da-Nang. Located in a sacred & mystic place, these mountains are five promontories that took shape in a naturally marble-rich area: each mountain is the symbol of one of the five natural elements – earth, water, fire, metal, và wood – after which it takes its name: Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (fire), Hoa Son (wood), Kim Son (metal) e Tho Son (earth). Along the path that leads uphill, towards the peak of each mountain, it is possible khổng lồ admire & explore natural caves, gorges, small valleys, và religious sanctuaries where to meditate and practice yoga, often crossing paths with monks kneeled in the pavilions, praying, and huge marble statues representing Buddha, hidden in little ravines in the rocks.

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Surrounding the five mountains, what stands out is the perfectly organized & picturesque exposition of marble sculptures, which inevitably attract visitors by showing them artifacts of different shapes and dimensions: Buddha, Bodhisattva, and Madonnas of all kinds which, when exploring the various regions of Vietnam & looking up towards the roofs of the houses, will not be hard khổng lồ find on the terraces, as well. As of today, the intense manufacturing of items và statues that characterizes the area, as mentioned above, differently from a few years ago, doesn’t depend on the marble extracted from the five mountains anymore, which would otherwise be irreversibly spoiled và would have lost the aura of magic và mystery they are famous for: now, marble for the construction of souvenirs và sculptures is imported more & more significantly from China.


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