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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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  • The bridge is not very engaging to first glance but worth the ride. At the end of the day 17: 00 / 18: 00 we overlooked the River next to a horde of scooters. We look at Hanoi from another angle and the lights are interesting for photographers. Students draw the view. Air is not breathable.
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  • Here it's fine just to go for a walk over or just out on the bridge. Coming suddenly on the country, there are pigs around the houses, cultivated vegetables and fished in the river.
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  • The first metal bridge in Vietnam and built by French 1XX year ago combination of railway and wagon (now motobike). According to locals, it was used the same techniques and idea with La Tour Eiffel. O...  more »
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  • 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!!!!
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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
  • The bridge looks spectacular, it's definitely worth seeing in Hanoi. However crossing it by foot seems pretty risky :)

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