The Bridge Stretches From Hong Kong To Macau
The highly anticipated opening of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is due to take place later this week, with Chinese President Xi Jinping expected to be in attendance for the grand opening ceremony.
The bridge will connect Hong Kong and Macau to Zhuhai, and will be the first bridge of this size. It is 55 kilometers long, making it over 14 miles longer than the width of the English channel that connects England to France.
There is a total of 420,000 tons of steel used to manufacture the bridge, that is the equivalent to 60 times the amount used to build the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The project also features 22.9km of over-sea bridge and a 6.7km stretch of undersea tunnel, connected by two artificial islands.
The construction of the project began in 2009, making it nine years in the process and is thought to be usable for at least the next 120 years. Since construction began, there has been a total of seven workers than have died with a further 129 injured, either as a result of slipping or falling from large heights. The project has also cost in the region of 130 billion yuan to complete, that is roughly $19 billion.
Officials have supported the amount that the project has cost by claiming that it will help business by cutting travel time by an incredible 60%, making it vital for China’s plan for a Greater Bay Area. It has also been confirmed that the bridge will help travel time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong Airport, with the journey being reduced from four hours to a remarkable 45 minutes.
It sure looks spectacular.
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