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“Where the war starts” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lugou Bridge

Lugou Bridge
Yongding River, Fengtai District, Beijing 100067, China
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Ranked #125 of 1,463 things to do in Beijing
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Hong Kong, China
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“Where the war starts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

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.

Visited August 2012
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“Significant for them”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

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 century
The bridge itself is very interesting, you can see the stone slabs carved by time and the lion guardians watching your steps.

Visited July 2012
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“Lugouqiao - the Marco Polo Bridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

This bridge is to the west of Beijing and is known in English as the Marco Polo Bridge because Marco Polo mentions it in his famous travellogue It was built in 1189AD and substantially restored in 1698 by the Emperor Qian Long. Made of granite, with 11 arches, it has 489 carved lions, though there were 627 originally
It is a little tricky to get to - we had a hired car with driver,several maps and Googlemap on an iPad in addition to which one of the four of us speaks very good fluent Mandarin - even so, it took a while to get to it as the entrance is tucked to one side of a highway with a massive clover-leaf junction. Once we arrived it was well worth it, the bridge has been restored over the years but it has been sensitively done; these days it is not open for vehicular access - pedestrians only. The entrance fee was a modest 20RMB per adult.
We took a picnic and sat on the grass under a tree to one side of the bridge, people watching and bird-watching. A wonderful relic of Ancient China.

Visited June 2012
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“Very interesting and historically significant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Also known as the Marci Polo bridge, this place is quite interesting and has a lot of history. See more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugou_Bridge
The bridge is to be visited along with Wanping city (the street at the end of the bridge) as well as theMuseum of the war against Japanese.
I suggest that visitors read about the area prior to visiting to understand the historical background.
Worth the detour for something different. You may be the only non-Chinese visitor there on that day.

Visited October 2011
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“Nice site but nothing very much to see except bridge at this site but could go to nearby garden as well”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

It's a bridge with lots of lion sculptures alongside... U can finish in less than an hour unless you intend to sit around. Some reviews says you can reach there by taking bus 624 from wukesong station (mrt)... But I couldn't find the bus. Took a cab instead, right outside wukesong station exit D to the bridge, costs about 26rmb. Tell the driver (shifu) "卢沟桥,桥头" will bring you straight to the ticketing counter where you drop off (20rmb/adult entrance ticket). You may want to go to the nearby gardens as well after visiting the bridge since you are all the way there. Wear comfortable shoes, lots of walking.

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