Hanoi to celebrate historic bridge

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The 2nd Long Bien Bridge festival, "Dragon Bridge," will be held over the Red River next weekend (November 20-21).

The 1,628-meter structure will feature an exhibition of photographs, documents and other artifacts depicting the city's defense over the last thousand years.

The bridge, which dates back to 1903, was heavily bombarded by American planes during the war. It was also fiercely protected. During the conflict, it served as the only conduit between Hanoi and the port of Hai Phong.

Today, the Long Bien Bridge consists of two pedestrian and bike paths divided by a rail track.

From Hanoi to Gia Lam District, the two pedestrian paths will be divided into 11 displays. The first will portray aspects of life in the area before Emperor Ly Thai To relocated the imperial capital to the city one thousand years ago.

Every section afterward will showcase events in subsequent century.

The opposite foot path along the cantilevered bridge will feature an open-air gallery with the works of hundreds of national and international artists.

The two-day festival will conclude with a gathering of 1,500 on the bridge.

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