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.