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Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge), Beijing

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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3.7/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read 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...  read more »
  • 桥两边都可以进入,只是周围配套实在破败。问博物馆啥时候能再开,工作人员眼皮也不抬地答:不知道,领导说什么时候开就什么时候开 
  • 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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  • The entrance to the bridge is worth 20 Yuan. If you have time, take a look at you.
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  • 很久沒有見到北京西南角的盧溝橋了,周末非常少的遊客,顯得橋面很寬闊。石獅子各不相同,有的已經在歲月侵蝕中依稀可辨,還是很壯觀的建築。
  • 卢沟桥事件,可以去看看当年留下的遗迹
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