South of Mandalay is the famous U Bein Bridge, constructed totally from Teak. During the Dry season the bridge crosses dry land. U Bein was the mayor at the time of moving the city from Innwa to Amarapura and he wisely salvaged materials from the deserted Innwa Palace to build this long footbridge. It has stood the test of time for two centuries. The bridge is 1.2 km. Boat trips around the lake are a popular pastime with visitors.