World's longest bridge set to open
The world’s longest sea bridge, linking Hong Kong and Macau, is scheduled to open during July. The Hong Kong–Zhuhai– Macau bridge and underwater tunnel system is 55 kilometres long, or 20 times the length of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
It will reduce travel time between Hong Kong and Macau from up to four hours to as little as an hour, or less, according to official projections.
The link was conceived by Hong Kong tycoon Gordon Wu Ying-sheung in 1983, and quickly became the most confronting project engineers had faced.
The resulting Y-shaped span has taken eight years to accomplish at a cost of more than $US17 billion. It is built to withstand a magnitude eight earthquake, a super typhoon and being struck by a cargo vessel weighing 300,000 tonnes.
The sea bridge runs west from an artificial island near Hong Kong International Airport to another artificial island off the eastern shore of Macau, as well as the Pearl River Delta metropolis of Zhuhai.
“The bridge will act like a ring road for the Pearl River Delta area,” says Yu Lie, the deputy director of Hong Kong–Zhuhai– Macau Bridge Authority. “It will not only speed up transport, it will also help spread Hong Kong’s development to the cities on the mainland side.” ■ – BRONWEN GORA Air Niugini flies from Port Moresby to Hong Kong three times weekly. See airniugini.com.pg.
Sea link … the long and winding bridge between Hong Kong and Macau.