Marco Polo Bridge(Lugou Bridge)

Attraction Marco Polo Bridge Fengtai, Beijing China Published on: 08-08-2016

1 hour
07:00 AM - 08:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
First-time visit
People watching (street)
Must see
2.95 USD

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The Lugou Bridge is the oldest multi-arched stone bridge in Beijing. It is also considered as an architectural masterpiece and historical significance.

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Why Marco Polo Bridge(Lugou Bridge) is special ?

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. The Lugou Bridge is the oldest existing multi-arched stone bridge in the Beijing area. Situated at the eastern end of the bridge is the Wanping Fortress, a historic 17th century fortress. 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, and for the Marco Polo Bridge incident, which marked the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).


What to explore at Marco Polo Bridge(Lugou Bridge)?

The Lugou Bridge is 266.5 meters in length and 9.3 meters in width, supported on 11 piers. At the side of the bridge stand two steles. One carries the inscription about the rebuilding of the bridge in the 37th years of the reign of Emperor Kangxi, Qing dynasty (1698 AD). On the other stele one sees the calligraphy means "the morning moon of Lugou" by Emperor Qianlong. On each of the 281 white marble pillars stands a stone lion.

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. Investigations to determine total number of animals have been carried out on several occasions but the results have proved inconsistent, ranging anywhere from 482 to 496. However, record has it that there were originally 627 lions. The posture of lion varies, as do their ages. Most date from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, some are from the earlier Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368); while the few lions dating from as long ago as the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) are now quite rare.


How to get to Marco Polo Bridge(Lugou Bridge)?

By Subway: Take Subway Line 1 to Wukesong Station. Leave from Exit D1 and then take bus 624 to Zhan Diao Su Yuan (Sculpture Garden) Station.

By Bus:Take bus 952, 310, 313, 452, 624, 661, 715, 971, 329, 843, 983, 77, 662, 693, 978, 309, 301, 339, 459, 458 and get off at Kang Zhan Diao Su Yuan Station.\


Selling points

  • A lot of historical significance
  • History not forgotten
  • A really beautiful scene
  • Where the war starts
  • The oldest existing multi-arched stone bridge
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Marco Polo Bridge Fengtai, Beijing China

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  • To the north there is a entrance to a small walk way with a bunch of restaurants and shops
  • You can have a picnic and sit on the grass under a tree to one side of the bridge for people watching and bird-watching
    Things to do
  • Some statues and art work at the north end of the bridge.
    What to see
  • Be sure to take a picture of all the different lions they are all different.
  • Visitors should read about the area prior to visiting to understand the historical background.
  • It can be hard to find if you've never been there before. The best way is by taxi.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because there is lots of walking.
    What to wear
  • Nearby attractions are Wanping City Wall and Sculpture Garden
    Things nearby
  • You may want to go to the nearby gardens as well after visiting the bridge
    Things nearby


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This is the bridge where the famous Marco Polo Bridge incident happened and launched a war between Japan and China. You can imagine yourself on either the Chinese or Japanese side and only the river and the bridge separated the two sides.If you are interested in World War 2 or the start of the "Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression" then this is a must place to visit. If you're not interested in military history then it's not worth the visit. It can be hard to find if you've never been there before. The best way is by taxi.

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This bridge has a powerful meaning for Chinese people because it marked the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War.It was first built in 12th century. It also called Marco Polo Bridge because he visited it in the 13th centuryThe bridge itself is very interesting, you can see the stone slabs carved by time and the lion guardians watching your steps.

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This place deserves a much higher ranking and rating on Tripadvisor's Beijing attractions. The Lugou Bridge is also called the Marco Polo Bridge because Marco Polo highly praised this bridge on his visit to China. This is an amazing and beautiful structure, but what makes it my must-visit destination is its history. While Japan had invaded the northeastern part of China long before 1937, the Lugou Bridge Incident was often referred to as the start of Japanese all out invasion of China and the Second World War. If you travel here by taxi or chartered private car, you will arrive at the Wanping Fortress first, where you can still see the cannon marks on the city wall. Wanping itself is a beautiful little town worth a visit. My visit to the Museum of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression inside the Wanping Fortress near the Lugou Bridge was very educational. Here at the museum you can see the evidence of Japanese atrocities and war crimes. We saw photos of Chinese women being raped and killed by Japanese troops, children killed with their hearts gutted. I came out of the museum with a heavy heart. I would suggest you visit this museum before you head over to Lugou Bridge. There is also a smaller museum right at the side of the bridge. That one mainly documents the making and history of the bridge itself. Admission to both museums are free. But remember Museum of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression is closed on Monday. The bridge is just 15 km south of the Beijing city centre, and close to the 5th Ring Road. So my itinerary for that day was from my hotel in the city centre to Lugou Bridge, and then took the 5th Ring Road to the Summer Palace, bypassing all the city centre traffic congestion. It's one itinerary you can consider since this place is practically 3 attractions in one - the bridge, the museums and the fortress.

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