World’s Long­est Cross-sea Bridge

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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.

by Liang Xu/xin­hua

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