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Lugouqiao Bridge

the whole view of Lugou BridgeThe Lugouqiao Bridge (also known as Marco Polo Bridge) was built from 1189 to 1192 in Ming Dynasty. The Lugou Bridge is situated at a strategic point on the one overland route to the capital from the south. It is 266.5 meters long, 7.5 meters wide. It has eleven arches. The shape of its pier is like a boat, the side towered the upper stream has been sharpen, and each point has been fixed with an iron pillar, so as to prevent the destruction of flood and ice water, so they are referred to as "Ice-chopping sword".

 Lugouqiao Bridge

The stone lions on the posts of Lugouqiao Bridge are most famous. There is an interesting proverb that "You can never count the lions on the Lugouqiao Bridge". So you can imagine yourself how many lions there are. It is said that there are 485 in all, and someone also says there are 498 or 501. And, which is more important, all the lions have been delicately the stone lion on Lugou Bridgecarved, and every two of them have some differences between them. In this way, the bridge is just like an art gallery.

There are a pair of big lions and a pair of elephants on the two ends of Lugouqiao Bridge separately. At the extremes of the bridge there are two stone stelae, one recording the history of the renovation work carried out in the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), and the other bearing the inscription "The Moon over the Lugou Bridge at Dawn" in the handwriting of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. 
 
Lugouqiao Bridge has been repaired for many times, recording many historial facts. On July 7, 1937, the first shot of the War of Resistance Against Japan rang out beside the Lugou Bridge. But now all signs of the war have long since disappeared.

 

Lugouqiao Bridge Tour

As the sun sets, the furnaces of nearby Shijingshna Steel Works cast a red glow across the sky, lighting up the bridge in fiery splendor. Having a tour to Lugouqiao Bridge and enjoying the beautiful sunset will add more fun to your Beijing travel.