Introduction to Lugou Bridge (卢沟桥)
Lugou Bridge, also named the Marco Polo Bridge, is a stone bridge located 15 km southwest of downtown Beijing. Constructions of the original bridge commenced in 1189 and was completed in 1192, and was later reconstructed in 1698 due to the damage from a flooding.
Spanning the Yongding River in Fengtai District, the Lugou Bridge is 266.5 meters in length and 9.3 meters in width, supported on 11 piers. Hundreds of exquisitely sculpted stone lions from different eras line both sides of the bridge.
The bridge was highly praised by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo during his visit to China in the 13th century. He mentioned the bridge in his travel diary as follows - “Over this river there is a very fine stone bridge, so fine indeed, that it has very few equals in the world.” Hence the bridge became known in Europe as the Marco Polo Bridge.
Additionally, Lugou Bridge is of major historic significance also because of its connection to the attack by Japanese forces in 1937, which marked the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).
Near the Lugou Bridge, the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression Museum is also within the reach inside the Wanping Fortress where visitors can get more details about the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Yongding River, Fengtai District, Beijing
Lugou Bridge, War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression Museum
Admission: 20 RMB
Opening Hours: 7:00AM-7:00PM April-October, 8:00AM-5:00PM November-March
1. Take subway line 14 getting off at Dawayao Station and leave the station via Exit D, and then walk about 15 minutes south to Wanping Fortress walled village.
1. Avoid visiting during school holidays and Golden Week in October as there will be large numbers of local tourists.
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