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.
After 9 years of difficult construction, China's much-anticipated Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (#HZMB) is slated to open to traffic on Wednesday. Here are five things you need to know about the world's longest cross-sea project https://t.co/f6ZRGlgkgy pic.twitter.com/kYLo8KdvjA
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The snake-like 55km (34-mile) bridge, which started construction nine years ago, has cost about $20bn (£15.3bn).
Amazing，the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will be opened to traffic at 9 a.m. on October 24, with a total length of 55 km. It is the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world.Proud of our country😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/VzbucRu9OM
— Yoyo Xue (@YoyoXue2) October 23, 2018
The world’s longest sea crossing #bridge opened today, spanning 55km and costing $20 billion. Below, in these #Sentinel2 #satellite images the vast extent of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai Bridge is clear https://t.co/mCWcUu1vzn @CopernicusEU #HongKong #Zhuhai #Macao pic.twitter.com/PXWJQUTEar
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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.