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The Lugou Bridge is well-known because it was highly praised by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo during his visit to China in the 13th century (the bridge was later known in Europe simply as the Marco Polo Bridge), and for the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which marked the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).

Marco Polo Bridge
Marco Polo Bridge

The Lugou Bridge, also known as the Marco Polo Bridge, is a famous stone bridge located 15 km southwest of the Beijing city center across the Yongding River-a main tributary of Hai River (although, in recent years, the water of Yongding river is diverted to different areas of Beijing so often there is no water under Lugou bridge). Administratively, the location is in Fengtai District of Beijing. Situated at the eastern end of the bridge is the Wanping Fortress, a historic 17th century fortress.

Marco Polo Bridge
Marco Polo Bridge

"Over this river there is a very fine stone bridge, so fine indeed, that it has very few equals in the world." - The Diary of Marco Polo Construction of the original bridge on this site commenced in 1189 and was completed in 1192 and was later reconstructed in 1698. The Lugou Bridge is 266.5 m (874 ft) in length and 9.3 m (30.5 ft) in width, supported on 10 piers and 11 segmental arches. Hundreds of artistically unique stone lions from different eras line both sides of the bridge. The most intriguing feature of these beasts is the fact that there are more lions hiding on the head, back or under the belly or on paws of each of the big lions.

Marco Polo Bridge
Marco Polo Bridge

How to get Marco Polo Bridge

Address: On the Yongding River, Wanping, Fengtai District;
Entry ticket: 10 yuan (adult), 5 yuan (student);
Traffic: Bus No.s 303 or 309: get down at Diaosuyuan (Sculpture Garden); Bus No. 310: get down at Dujikan;

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