Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge)

Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge)

Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge)
4
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge) and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles92 reviews
Excellent
27
Very good
42
Average
22
Poor
1
Terrible
0

KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Lugou Bridge, with its over 500 stone lions, each differently shaped, was originally built in 1189. During the past 800 plus years it was repaired, sections rebuilt, and reconstructed. The stone-arch bridge is 266 metres long and has a width of 9.3 metres.
Written September 5, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

bonanza1973
San Carlos, CA593 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
It's an effort to get here from the city center of Beijing. The closest metro stop is a 1 hr ride. I entered on the west side of the bridge and exit on the east side. It's a 2.3 km walk (30 min) from exit C of the Garden Expo Park metro station on line 14. From this station, you'll enter on the west side of the Yongding River. On the west side, the development is sparse and is mostly a residential area. It's not developed for tourism. The bridge has fame in being romanticized by Marco Polo in his travels and also being the site of the start Second Sino-Japanese War (War of Chinese People's Resistance Against the Japanese Aggression) on July 7, 1937. The bridge is completely dedicated to tourism and no vehicle traffic is allowed; you can stroll and take pictures with all 501 lions if wanted. The east side of the river is developed for tourism and all the vendors and main site markers are located here. From here you can return to the nearest metro station or stroll to the nearby Wanping Fortress or Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum. It's a 2.3 km walk (30 min) from exit D of the Dawayao metro station on line 14. I think entering from the east and exiting on the east is better than doing a west to east exit.

Gate fee is 20 RMB for adults.
Written April 16, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tetelu
Cluj-Napoca, Romania361 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
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.
Written July 8, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JPDM 🇨🇦🍷🍷🍷
Austin, Canada54,968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
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.
Written October 30, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KW M
Belfast, UK541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
If you love history you have to visit the bridge. It's just a bridge so don't expect much more than that! Over the centuries its been repaired, parts replaced or fixed, so don't expect an intact 800 year old bridge.
it is 20RMB to get into the area of the bridge, there are shops to buy food and drinks, washrooms, little tourist places to buy things.
You need about 30 minutes to wander up and down the bridge taking photos.
There are some signs in English.
Across from the Bridge is the West gate of Wanping Town. The Museum against Japanese oppression is accessible in there.
Getting to the bridge is not too easy. Take line 14 to Dawayao station, the bridge is about 2 1/2 km from the station. I would recommend a Didi/taxi from there, 13RMB cost.
Written September 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tensaisimon
Beijing, China266 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Business
The ancient Lugou bridge has been widely known for its little stone lions that stand on each railing posts. It is said that no one can correctly count up how many lions, because there so many of them. That's sort of exaggeration, of course. Each lion look different. Some are badly eroded or even damaged. Some lions are obviously renovated recently.
Written September 22, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

When-on-me-travels
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,295 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Entry is 20rmb per person and it is literally just a bridge.

Wanping Fortress is interesting to look at, although you can't walk on it at the moment. The Anti-Japanese museum nearby is shut for renovation, and the Memorial Sculpture Park is shut too for the same reason, which makes the whole area a bit of a ghost town.
Written February 14, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

isimpo
Toronto, Canada443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
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.
Written October 27, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jamie C
Shanghai, China17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
For the long-term enthusiast only: dull for tourists, interesting for students of China. There is a modestly pleasant run up to the Bridge through a preserved walled town (coming from Beijing). The bridge itself is relatively dull, although, if you a keen on visual metaphore, an ancient road bridge with a 20th railway bridge on one side that was a key factor in the wars here, an expressway bridge on the other side and a high-flying high-speed train viaduct ahead may trigger thoughts. The Bridge museum is closed until 2015 for a major rebuild but, going back into the town there is the museum of the Chinese Japanese War (which started here in its fullest form) which is interesting for all kinds of reasons: the 'old commie' phraseology, the well-balanced appreciation of US and allied help (if not a full acknowledgement that the US actually caused the war to stop) and the determined Chinese/Japanese friendship pictures at the end. But only for those who live in China or have a deep interest in its history
Written May 29, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alienandbear
Daly City, California, United States154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
When I was much younger and when my mom took me here..20 years ago..there was no lake and the bridge was breaking apart.

Now there is water the stone lions restored it is actually a beautiful scene.

To the north there is a entrance to a small walk way with a bunch of restaurants and shops..nothing really special so just stick to going to the bridge.

It cost 15 rmb when I went.

Be sure to take a picture of all the different lions they are all different.

The history of this place includes

First constructed in the Jin Dynasty
Also called the Marco polo bridge from his visit to China during the Yuan Dynasty
Bridge incident marked by the start of the Sino-Japanese war.

Also, you need to go before 4 if you want to see the museum.

Summary-

I remember there was one bathroom there didn't go in though.

Some statues and art work at the north end of the bridge.

Take pictures of all the different lions.
Written September 12, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 31
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Beijing HotelsBeijing Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Beijing
All things to do in Beijing
Amusement Parks in BeijingDay Trips in Beijing
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars