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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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  • It's a historical bridge that built by France, Only motor cycle are allowed to travel on this bridge, occasionally train will travel at the center, pedestrian are walking on the narrow path at the sid...  more »
  • With the old scenic of the Long Bien Bridge, it is a perfect for photoholic people. The best time to take photos here I guess is in the evening.  more »
  • The bridge was designed by Gustave Eiffel who also happened to have designed the Eiffel Tower. Built between 1892 and 1902, it's 1.68 Km long. At the time it was one of the longest bridges in Asia. It...  more »
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  • Old scenic bridge. Take the ramp down to explore banana island underneath the bridge. It's awesome!
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  • Interesting bridge for trains, cars and motorcycles, each with their own designated lanes. Lovely views of the red river. Cool breeze. Relaxing place to stroll, though the footpath can be too narrow at times.
  • This is the first steel bridge over the Red River built by the French early 20th century. It used to be the world's fourth longest bridge when it was built. During the Vietnam war, the bridge was one of the hardest hit targets for the US Air force bombers. After the war, more bridges were built over the Red River and this bridge was reduced to the one for bikes, motorbikes and trains only
  • Walked this bridge today. What an experience! Wow. We were the only pedestrians so only vying alongside the motorbikes and scooters. Not for the feint hearted but worth it. Bridge vibrates a little with passing bikes and awesome when train rumbles by which happened with us today.

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