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Reputedly the oldest road bridge in Hanoi | by shankar s.
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Reputedly the oldest road bridge in Hanoi

A far view of the oldest road bridge in Hanoi.This is the Long Biên Bridge (Vietnamese: Cầu Long Biên) and is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was originally called Paul Doumer Bridge. The bridge was built in 1899-1902 and opened in 1903. It was heavily bombarded during Vietnam War due to its critical position (the only bridge at that time across the Red River connecting Hanoi to the main port of Haiphong). The first attack took place in 1967, and the center span of the bridge was felled by an attack by 20 USAF F-105 fighter-bombers. Some parts of the original structure remain intact, while large sections have been built later to repair the holes. Only half of the bridge retains its original shape. Today trains, mopeds, bicycles and pedestrians use the dilapidated bridge, while all other traffic is diverted to the nearby Chương Dương Bridge which we are on right now. (Hanoi, Vietnam, Oct./ Nov. 2016)

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Taken in November 2016