Lugou Bridge

Lugou Bridge

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Lugou Bridge

Introduction: IntroductionLugou Bridge Located 15 km southwest of Tiananmen Square, over the Youngding River..

Tickets:Lugou Bridge fee and opening hoursAdmission 10yuan, 5yuan studentOpening hours all day

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Lugou Bridge Introduction

Lugou Bridge Located 15 km southwest of Tiananmen Square, over the Youngding River, the Lugou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge, the bridge was so named and known to the west owing to the description of the famous Italian explorer Marco Polo) is the oldest existing multi-arched stone bridge in the Beijing area. Construction of the original bridge o­n this site commenced in 1189 and ended in 1192 and was later reconstructed in 1698.
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 (1698 AD). o­n the other stele o­nes 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.

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China's entry into World War II began with shots o­n the Marco Polo Bridge o­n July 7, 1937 when the Japanese attacked Chinese troops, resulting in the occupation of Beijing. This is known as the "Marco Polo Bridge Incident." To memorize the 50th anniversary of the broke out of the incident in 1987, the Anti-Japanese War Museum was built at Marco Polo Bridge, which shows a part of history that not many people in the West get a chance to learn about. The museum exhibits artifacts from what the Chinese consider the beginning of WWII, when they were invaded by Japan Located near Marco Polo Bridge, you can also see the actual bridge where the first shots were fired. o­n the bridge now there stands a four meters high stone lion entitled "the Awakened Lion" by which the courage and prowess against foreign invasion is fully displayed.

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Lugou Bridge fee and opening hours
Admission 10yuan, 5yuan student
Opening hours all day

Lugou Bridge Transporation

Bus 309,339

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