Bridg­ing the Gaps

That's China - - The Garden On The Sea -

In 1999 a project to con­nect the ar­chi­pel­ago and the main­land by build­ing five oceanspan­ning bridges kicked off in earnest. Fully com­plete and op­er­a­tional a num­ber of years later, the re­sult­ing bridges al­low the re­gion to give full play to its unique re­sources of ports, tourism at­trac­tions and fish­ing in­dus­try. More­over these im­pres­sive life­lines are, ar­chi­tec­turally speak­ing, highly im­pres­sive works of engi­neer­ing prow­ess.The ma­rine dream of the Zhoushan ar­chi­pel­ago re­gion is highly de­pen­dant on this trans­port network, and as such their com­ple­tion marked a gi­ant leap for­ward in the area’s social and eco­nomic progress. Lo­cated in western Zhoushan ar­chi­pel­ago proper, Cen­gang has three of the five bridges in its ter­ri­tory.The “S”-shaped Cen­gang Fish­ing Port, a 6km-long stretch com­posed of 18 islets, has been a nat­u­rally shel­tered bay since an­cient times. These days, one can travel to Zhoushan from key Yangtze River Delta cities like Shang­hai, Hangzhou and Ningbo in a mat­ter of hours, and be­lieve me, it’s a won­der­ful trip to em­bark on.

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