Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge), Beijing

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The Marco Polo Bridge or Lugou Bridge is a stone bridge located 15 km southwest of Beijing city center in the Fengtai District. It bridges the Yongding River, a major tributary of Hai River. Situated at the eastern end of the bridge is the Wanping Fortress, a historic 17th-century fortress, with the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression inside.In recent years, the water of Yongding River has been diverted to different areas of Beijing so often there is no water under the bridge.NamesThe name "Marco Polo Bridge" derives from its appearance in his book of travels, where he praised it highly. The names "Lugou" or "Lukou Bridge" and "Lugouqiao" or "Lukouchiao" derive from Lugou, a former name of the Yongding.HistoryConstruction of the original bridge on this site commenced in 1189, the final year of Emperor Shizong of Jin's reign and was completed under his successor in 1192. Following damage from the flooding Yongding, the bridge was reconstructed under the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing dynasty in 1698. The Marco Polo Bridge is well-known because it was highly praised by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo during his visit to China in the 13th century (leading the bridge to become known in Europe simply as the Marco Polo Bridge), and for the 20th century Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which marked the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945).
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  • Studying often studying to the Toulouse bridge, and this time it comes here. That time, the river dried up, feeling like a common bridge, and an anti-war memorial, so that people would not forget history.
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  • If you're in Beijing for 3 or more days and you're tired of fighting your way through crowds to see historical sites, this is your spot. The location way to the southwest of the city is not convenient...  more »
  • A 'have to see'. Marco Polo Bridge is so old and of major historic significance not least because of its connection to the attack by Japanese forces in 1937. A strip along the middle of the bridge has...  more »
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  • beautiful bridge. entry fee was rather high, given the museum was free. worth visiting.
  • Marco Polo bridge, is a great bridge, it has lions so much. And special. You can know the Chinese and Japanese history in 20th Century. And has museums near by here
  • so magnificent
  • Great to see and learn about its history.
  • Walk along history as you travers the bridge.

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