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Beijing 1-Day Tour: Marco Polo Bridge and Wanping City

Lugou Bridge
Tour Route: Sino-Japanese War Sculpture Garden - Wanping City - Lugou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge)

During this Beijing one-day independent tour, you will see many relics of Sino-Japanese War (July 7, 1937 - September 9, 1945). Firstly, we suggest you take bus 309, 310, 458, 459, 624, 661, 662, 843, 896, 952 or 983 to Kang Zhan Diao Su Yuan Station. Getting off the bus, walk west for about 500 yards, you will reach the South Gate of the Sino-Japanese War Sculpture Garden, which is not a frequent choice of tour groups but a worthwhile destination for backpacking travelers interested in Chinese modern history. Taking a relaxing wander inside, you will see a lot of sculpture complex and monuments, which will retell the story of how Chinese people protected the country during the war.

Exit from the east gate of the garden, visitors will arrive at the entrance of the well-preserved Wanping City after strolling north for a few minutes. It is a small fortress of protection, about 700 yards long and 350 yards wide. Around 360 years ago, Wanping City was built as a barrack to protect Beijing from insurrectionary army during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and the only way out was the Lugou Bridge. In 1937, the Incident of Lugou Bridge broke out, and Wanping City witnessed this historical moment. In 1984, the Wanping City was renovated into original Ming and Qing style.
Strolling around, you can easily find the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression. The museum is free of charge, and there you will witness an abundance of relics and pictures about the war. You may acquire a better understanding of Chinese modern history.
Memorial Monument
Lugou Bridge, also known as the Marco Polo Bridge, is the next destination of this independent Beijing day tour. Located to the west of Wanping City, it is the oldest bridge and the only existing segmented stone arch bridge in Beijing. It spans over Yongding River, with a length of about 290 yards and a width of 8 yards.

About 700 years ago, the world's famous Italian traveler Marco Polo entered Beijing by this bridge. He was marveled at the various and lifelike stone lions with distinct positions and expressions on either side of the bridge. Therefore, he depicted its splendor in his travel review and introduced it to Europe by describing its aesthetic features and architectural achievement. Even now, one cannot be very sure of how many stone lions are lined on the bridge, as there are many small lions playing or lying on the big lions, while some are only partially visible. At the east end of the bridge, you can find a white marble stele.

There are four Chinese characters "Lu Gou Xiao Yue", which means morning moon over Lugou, indicating that the bridge has always been an ideal place to enjoy scenes at the peep of day. They were written by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) and the history of the bridge is carved on the other side of the stele.

After visiting all sites in this 1-day tour itinrary, walk back to the bus stop where you alighted at in the morning, and take the bus back to downtown Beijing.
 Recommended Guided Tours: 
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person

 Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours:
    Badaling & Sacred Way: day trip to Badaling Great Wall and Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs
    Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace: admire the elegance of ancient Chinese royal architecture
    Fragrant Hills Park & Wofo Temple: day tour to see fall colors on the Fragrant Hills
Questions & Answers
Asked by Mr.NICO_ from CH | Feb. 14, 2018 12:22Reply
Beijing's Wanping city walls near Marco Polo Bridge (Lugou qiao)
The neighborhood of Wanping near Beijing's Marco Polo Bridge (Lugou qiao) is walled in on four sides and features two fortification gates. Formerly, it was possible to visit Wanping's ancient walls for 5 Yuan and walk on that city wall. But the two recent times we've visited, the gates (there's on either side) to the walls are closed! Nobody could help us. One time we've visited in September a couple of years ago, the other time this winter.

Question: Is is not possible anymore to visit the walls? When are they open to the public? When are they closed? How far can one go on the walls? Can one see from the walls? Are they only open certain months?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lee | Feb. 21, 2018 21:58

As far as I know, the City Wall of Wanping City can not be visited now, and the opening time is still unknown.
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