A walk on the wild side. Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi.

I was in Hanoi last week finishing up on one project and doing some research for another. As part of my location scouting I took a wander across the Long Bien Bridge late one afternoon.

Completed in 1902 the bridge was designed by Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame. The bridge was a favorite target for American B52 bombers during the American (Vietnam) War and became famous for being bombed by day and repaired the same night.

An iconic Hanoi landmark, the bridge connects Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts and provides stunning views of the Red River, at the right time of day. Not open to car traffic, it is motorbikes, pedestrians and trains only. A walk across the bridge provides an insight into more varied activity than you would think. 

Long Bien Bridge from the Old Quarter.

Working without a net and 50 feet up with zero safety gear workmen carry out repairs to the top of the cantilever bridge.

And now for the news. A young and typically "easy on the eye" reporter pauses for a quick portrait before doing a cross for the nightly news. 

The weight of afternoon peak hour traffic give both the bridge and the photographer the jitters.

Despite a long and hot days work on the superstructure this guy still has the good nature to stop and smile for a portrait. 

Above and beyond the call of duty. If I was directing this model my first advice would have been "if you hear a train whistle and see me running, kick off your heels and try to keep up".

A not so stunning view of the Red River from the mid section of the bridge.