Watch: World’s longest sea bridge between Hong Kong and China


Chinese President Xi Jinping today formally opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge connecting Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.

The newly opened bridge, which carries major business significance, is expected to cut journey times between the cities from three hours to 30 minutes.

The snake-like 55km (34-mile) bridge, which started construction nine years ago, has cost about $20bn (£15.3bn).

Vice premier Han Zheng has told media that the bridge would help drive China’s strategic blueprint for a “Greater Bay Area” around the Pearl River Delta. “Standing at this new historical starting point, we firmly believe that the opening of the bridge will further develop the special advantage of Hong Kong and Macau,” Han added.

The sea bridge, which has been designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, will begin operations from tomorrow.