The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, construction of which started in December 2009, was formally opened on Oct 24, 2018. It links the three different customs areas of Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai in Guangdong province, and connects the east and west sides of the Pearl River estuary.
The bridge, with a length of 55 kilometers, is the longest cross-sea bridge in the world and one of the most technically complex and demanding construction projects in China's traffic history. It was praised by Britian's Guardian newspaper as one of the "seven wonders of the modern world".
The bridge is a trans-century project that is of great significance to China's reform and opening-up as well as the coordinated development of Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
It also makes up for the shortage of internal channels in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Without its construction, transport connections between the east and west coasts of the Greater Bay Area would have been dependent on Humen Bridge, which was built in 1997. Nowadays, the three-hour journey from Zhuhai and Macao to Hong Kong has been reduced to half an hour.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge winds its way across the sea. [Photo/IC]