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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  • July 14, 2017
    Nice for a short visit when you are going to visit the real attraction on this area: The Anti Japan Museum. Adult ticket is 20 yuan, student 10 yuan  more »
  • April 18, 2017
    Marco Polo Bridge is a beautiful stone bridges crisscrossing the yongding River Bridge. Frozen according to what I hear, this river becomes a winter and spring melt and wood bridge breaks or in the stone bridge on. Boardwalk has become like the bridge itself remain cobbled the unevenness of the horse-drawn carriage at the time, was recalled to bygone days. There is a monument Roh Groove Xiao-elephant stone bridge girder hit part of the Qianlong emperor. Will entered the Beijing open Sleepovers (currently no innkeeper) gate on the South side when entering the city. Lions of the parapet of the bridge is a sight to see. Did not the Memorial. I look at the view of the bridge, here is the stage of the "Marco Polo Bridge incident" and, hurried away.
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  • March 2, 2017
    If you are addicted to Historical references, this bridge might be interesting. It is a bit far away from Beijing downtown as took us 40 min drive. Not crowded at all and there is an interesting fortr...  more »
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  • March 11, 2017
    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
  • February 19, 2017
    Great to see and learn about its history.
  • November 19, 2016
    Walk along history as you travers the bridge.
  • April 16, 2016
    It's an effort to get here from the city center of Beijing. The closest metro stop is a 1 hr ride. I entered on the west side of the bridge and exit on the east side. It's a 2.3 km walk (30 min) from exit C of the Garden Expo Park metro station on line 14. From this station, you'll enter on the west side of the Yongding River. On the west side, the development is sparse and is mostly a residential area. It's not developed for tourism. The bridge has fame in being romanticized by Marco Polo in his travels and also being the site of the start Second Sino-Japanese War (War of Chinese People's Resistance Against the Japanese Aggression) on July 7, 1937. The bridge is completely dedicated to tourism and no vehicle traffic is allowed; you can stroll and take pictures with all 501 lions if wanted. The east side of the river is developed for tourism and all the vendors and main site markers are located here. From here you can return to the nearest metro station or stroll to the nearby Wanping Fortress or Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum. It's a 2.3 km walk (30 min) from exit D of the Dawayao metro station on line 14. I think entering from the east and exiting on the east is better than doing a west to east exit. Gate fee is 20 RMB for adults.
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