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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. To visit Long Bien Bridge and other attractions in Hanoi, use our Hanoi online trip maker .
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  • When you want to enjoy the freedom of space around you away from the streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter, take a walk on the Long Bien Bridge. It'll give you an opportunity to see the Red River, market gar...  more »
  • Very special bridge. You can walk through the train station on the bridge but stay on the sidewalk, because there are thousands of mopeds you so. Beautiful views from this very old metal bridge, from the time of ijfel.
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  • Built before 1900 this bridge is a major thoroughfare in Hanoi. We had hoped to be able to walk along it but the traffic was too busy. Instead we got our taxi driver to go across it. If you aren't sur...  more »

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