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Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi

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With its huge bolted iron bars spanning the green waters of Hoan Kiem Lake, Long Bien Bridge represents a historic spectacle of human engineering. Built in 1899-1902 by the French, the defiant rusty structure stretches 2.5 km (1.5 mi), cutting a striking figure. Damaged twice by U.S. bombs, the cantilever bridge still connects two busy districts of Hanoi with busy passenger and train traffic. Take a scooter across it or go on foot, observing the shanty town underneath the bridge and fishers on the lakeshore. Use our Hanoi vacation route planner to visit Long Bien Bridge on your trip to Hanoi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 15, 2017
    In the evening the bridge walked on for the view .... very special experience ..... definitely worth it!
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  • August 15, 2017
    I private apartment with a girl personal guided, visited. Or if I'm staying at Hotel in the same area on the outskirts of Hanoi's old quarter East place barely within walking distance. Want to step and look down when I went near the entrance of the bridge and walk one was crap. (Lol) the bridge immediately left (North) was air smelled good in places such as markets and slums turned into one. Facial not syringe on top was just people (guides & friends who said) was or ordinary. People who use to escape from unpleasant realities such as poverty... Like saw the reality behind the rapid economic development in poor Viet Nam, was most impressive. It was a bridge, old and quaint, historic atmosphere. It is also one of the places you want to visit.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I love the HN and love everything here. The best thing is can night sights and a few bottles of beer with us. Clam ngao singing and eight together the story of his life.
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  • July 13, 2017
    Historical in so many different ways!!! You're not just walking across an old bridge, you're walking across the PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE!!! This was considered the pride, symbol of architecture in the Far East of its day!!! A symbol of strength and endurance from more than 100 years of war, including the most recent air attacks by American army Forces in 1967, 1972 during the Vietnam war!! It's not just an OLD BRIDGE.... IT'S HISTORY!!! What an honor it was to "WALK THE LONG BIEN BRIDGE!" THANK YOU HANOI!!!!
  • May 5, 2017
    Awesome, awesome, and awesome. Historic old bridge that is still standing after 130 years. You cannot see from one end to the other when on top of it. This bridge allows you to walk from dense city to lush farmland to powerful river all in minutes. Beautiful sight and a great place to explore.
  • June 13, 2017
    Historic bridge. Symbol of Hanoi. The only place in Hanoi people drive on the left like in Japan or England. In the evening, you can stop and have a drink while sitting on the mats and enjoy the wind on the river. Roughly 50k for a drink (no alcoholic drinks)
  • May 31, 2017
    It's a great place to catch a sunset in Hanoi but you need to be in the middle over the river. It's hairy with so many motorbikes cruising it to get home but with it if you get a good day
  • July 9, 2017
    The bridge looks spectacular, it's definitely worth seeing in Hanoi. However crossing it by foot seems pretty risky :)

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