At that time, it was the second longest bridge in the world, only after the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River in the US and is considered the horizontal Eiffel Tower of Hanoi.
Due to the impacts of nature and destruction by wars for three centuries, the bridge has now kept intact a compound span in the north, another in the south and half of a compound span in the middle of the river.
New buildings built on the northern bank of the Red River seems to highlight the value of the over 100-year- old bridge.
Although many modern bridges have been built over the Red River, such as the Chuong Duong Bridge, Vinh Tuy Bridge, Thanh Tri Bridge, Thang Long Bridge and the recently-inaugurated Nhat Tan Bridge which facilitate transportation and economic development in areas on the two banks of the river, the Long Bien Bridge is of great significance – preserving memories of Hanoi. It has proven to be a masterpiece by people and a witness of the glorious history of Thang Long-Hanoi, the land of a thousand-year-old culture.
Every day from the early morning, small traders on the outskirts of Hanoi often go along the bridge to the Long Bien Nocturnal Market to sell their agricultural products that reminds one of an old space in Hanoi.
Mỗi sáng nhưng người dân ngoại thành có thói quen về Hà Nội để buôn bán vẫn đi qua cầu Long Biên như gợi lại những không gian “xưa cũ” về đất và người Hà Nội. Là tác phẩm nghệ thuật của bàn tay, khối óc con người, vẻ đẹp của cầu Long Biên còn được tô đậm thêm lên nhờ thời gian và giá trị lịch sử mà nó mang trên mình./.
By Tran Thanh Giang
Đăng ký: VietNam News