World’s Long­est Sea Link Opens

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China's new bridge con­nect­ing Hong Kong, Zhuhai in Guang­dong Prov­ince and Ma­cao was put into ser­vice on Oc­to­ber 24.

At 55 kilo­me­ters in length, the Hong Kong-zhuhai-ma­cao Bridge is the world's long­est sea link, and is de­signed to sup­port a max­i­mum speed of 100 kilo­me­ters per hour. It now takes only about half an hour for a car to travel from Hong Kong to Ma­cao.

To sup­port the long-dis­tance connection, the bridge is built on two 100,000 square me­ter man-made is­lands, one in Hong Kong and the other in Ma­cao. It spans a 6.7 kilome­ter-long sub­ma­rine tun­nel which posed a big chal­lenge to the con­struc­tion. Chi­nese me­dia re­ports said the bridge took nearly eight years and cost 126.9 bil­lion yuan (US$18.4B) to build.

So far, only cross-bor­der buses, taxis, cargo ve­hi­cles and pri­vate cars are al­lowed to use the bridge, with tolls rang­ing from 60-300 yuan (US$8.7-43.5) based on ve­hi­cle size.

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