World’s longest sea-crossing bridge opens between Hong Kong and China

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2018

The 55-kilometre (34-mile) crossing, which includes a snaking road bridge and underwater tunnel, links Hong Kong's Lantau island to Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary.

Members of the media take pictures on the Hong Kong side of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, October 19, 2018, days before its opening ceremony. Supporters say the bridge will massively reduce the time it takes to travel between the three places, reducing journey times from three hours to 30 minutes.

Zheng was director of China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and was a member of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) top-level Central Committee.

"Hong Kong will assume a more proactive role in the development of the Greater Bay Area". "It is about making Hong Kong an integral part of what is supposed to be a new dynamic economic and innovative engine of China".

Hong Kong's secretary for transport and housing, Frank Chan Fan, said: "The bridge is not just a mega transport infrastructure jointly built by Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau".

In a ceremony on Tuesday that Chinese president Xi Jinping will reportedly attend, the bridge will officially open. "There's a clear symbolic value of being the world's longest bridge re [garding] nationalism and state-building".

"Hong Kong has had to fund a lot of the bridge, but we won't see many benefits here", Mo said. It is a key element of Beijing's plan for a Greater Bay Area covering 56,500 square kilometers across southern China.

While, some residents fear its arrival will see the city swamped by tourists from mainland China.

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