World’s Longest Cross-sea Bridge
October 24, Zhuhai, Guangdong Province: The toll gate of the Hong Kong-zhuhai-macao Bridge. The bridge officially opened to traffic at 9 a.m. that day.
At the launch ceremony held in Zhuhai the day before, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the opening of the bridge. Praising builders of the bridge for breaking a number of world records, Xi said that they demonstrated the nation’s spirit of striving to overcome any difficulties while showcasing national strength, innovative abilities and aspirations to be the world’s best.
The 55- kilometer bridge, situated in the waters of Lingdingyang in the Pearl River Estuary, connects the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ( SAR), Zhuhai and Macao SAR. The bridge is the first of its kind in the world and connects Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao via a supergiant cross- sea traffic project following the principle of “One Country, Two Systems.”
Construction of the bridge began on December 15, 2009, and its main structure was completed on July 7, 2017.