Why I have so few photos of this bridge is anybody's guess. Was it the bleak, dry, early spring landscape? How un-photogenic the place looked as the the river that flowed underneath had been diverted?
Anyhow, at least I have these two here from the Marco Polo Bridge. The one built around the end of the 12th century. That Marco Polo highly praised on the 13th. That has endured since. And that has hundreds of lions adorning it - big ones, small ones hiding under the paws or beneath the belly of the bigger ones... Some 500 lions all in all, dating from the Jin Dynasty (which began in the 12th century) all the way to the Qing Dynasty (which ended in the 20th century).
Most definitely worth the 15km trip southwest of Beijing. And deserving of way better photos, needless to say! LOL