(TOKYO) China too is set to launch a bridge that is 100 times longer than the Source of the Nile bridge. The long-awaited bridge between the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau will open on 23 October, making it the longest sea crossing in the world.
The record-breaking transport link is being hailed an engineering marvel, making it one of the largest manmade structures on the planet at 34 miles (55Km) in length.
Once open, the bridge will dramatically reduce travel time from Hong Kong to its neighbour across the pond Macau.
It will also allow traffic from the city of Zhuhai, in mainland China, to flow to either region. The 3-4 hour car ride or one-hour ferry excursion from Hong Kong to Macau, will be a 30-minute trek over the bridge.
After nearly a decade of construction, the bridge will feature a snaking design and underwater tunnel, at 4 miles long, connecting two artificial islands to the main structure.
According to the South China Morning Post, China’s central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong confirmed the opening ceremony for the bridge would be in Zhuhai, a city in China’s Guangdong province, next Tuesday.
The bridge is part of China’s Greater Bay Area development plan, proposed by Beijing to link more tightly the 11 cities of the Pearl River Delta, which includes semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau.
The Greater Bay Area, which covers almost 22 square miles, is home to 68 million people and China’s booming industrial heartland.
When open, the bridge will also cut travel time from Macau and Zhuhai to Hong Kong International Airport, one of Asia’s top airline hubs.