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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  • The bridge itself is beautiful, but it may be smaller than you may expect. It's a bit far from the city centre, so it may be better to skip it if you don't have plenty of time on your itinerary. There...  more »
  • The bridge is located far from the center. So it turns out to be a nice spot to avoid the crowds. It's a historical part of Beijing.  more »
  • Great spot. Took about 20 minutes to walk from the subway station but pretty basic. Really peaceful.  more »
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  • I came here with my family when Dad was Charge d'Affaires at the Philippine Embassy in Beijing in the late 1970's. It was a truly memorable time in Beijing...
  • 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
  • Great to see and learn about its history.
  • Walk along history as you travers the bridge.
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