His­toric Bridge

The Hong Kong-zhuhai-ma­cao Bridge opens to traf­fic

Beijing Review - - NATION - By Li Qing Copy­edited by Re­beca Toledo Com­ments to liqing@bjre­view.com

On Oc­to­ber 23, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping an­nounced the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Hong Kong-zhuhai-ma­cao Bridge (HZMB) at a cer­e­mony in Zhuhai, south China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince, mark­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the largest sea-span­ning bridge in the world. Cross­ing the Pearl River Delta, the 55-km, Y-shaped bridge con­sists of two ar­ti­fi­cial is­lands, an un­der­wa­ter tun­nel and a se­ries of bridges. As di­rect road con­nec­tions be­tween the east and west along the Lingding Chan­nel, the HZMB in­te­grates Hong Kong and Ma­cao spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions (SARS) and Zhuhai.

The project, which be­gan con­struc­tion in 2009, in­volved an in­vest­ment of 126.9 bil­lion yuan ($18.3 bil­lion). It will strengthen ex­change in econ­omy and trade in the Guang­dong-hong Kong-ma­cao Greater Bay Area, as well as fa­cil­i­tate trans­porta­tion for rel­e­vant in­dus­tries such as lo­gis­tics and food, among oth­ers.

The HZMB will bring con­ve­nient round-the-clock ser­vices for trav­el­ers in the Greater Bay Area, for in­stance, cut­ting the travel time be­tween Hong Kong and Zhuhai to 30 min­utes from 210 min­utes.

Un­der the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” pol­icy, the HZMB is the first mar­itime trans­porta­tion project jointly op­er­ated by the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment and the two SARS.

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