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Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge), Beijing

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The Marco Polo Bridge or Lugou Bridge is a famous stone bridge located 15 km southwest of the Beijing city center in the Fengtai District. It bridges the Yongding River—a major tributary of Hai River (although, 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). 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.History"Over this river there is a very fine stone bridge, so fine indeed, that it has very few equals in the world." – The Travels of Marco PoloConstruction 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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  • If you are addicted to Historical references, this bridge might be interesting.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 »
  • Nowadays somewhat off the beaten track, you may wish to ask your taxi to detour slightly aftervreturning from the Great Wall or Ming Tombs tonvisitbthis ancient bridge, said to have been crossed by Ma...  more »
  • Surprisingly the Museum was free but the Bridge wasn't! It's a beautiful place kind of on the outskirt of the city! The Bridge is said to have a thousand unique lions and I loved looking at the expres...  more »
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  • 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
  • Great to see and learn about its history.
  • Walk along history as you travers the bridge.
  • 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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