Bridging the Gaps
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.