Along the Yongding River in southwest Beijing, there relies a picturesque Lugou Bridge, also better known as the Marco Polo Bridge.
Today, this marvelous structure with hundreds of unique stone lions from different eras lining in attracts tourists from all over the country.
However, the bridge is much more than just a scenic spot.
It is the space where history comes alive.
On the evening of July the 7th, 1937,
the Japanese military has sent a message to the Chinese army asking to cross the Lugou Bridge to enter a small town named Wanping to search for a missing soldier.
However, the Chinese military refused to give them permission, denied passage,
a unit of the Japanese infantry sought to breach the Chinese defenses at Wanping, but as met with strong resistance.
Early the next morning, the Japanese army began to attack the bridge, which was the only passage to the town.
The Chinese army was forced to fight back and with the help of reinforcements, it was able to hold the bridge.
However, that encounter marked the beginning of what was to be a long and brutal battle along the eastern battlefield of the World War II.