On Oct 24, the world’s longest bridge and tunnel sea crossing was opened to the public.
With hope to provide a major boost to regional tourism, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge connects Hong Kong to cities throughout the Greater Bay Area of southern China.
This is also to bring the attractions of Macao and Guangdong within easy reach and to make Hong Kong a hub for visitors from around the world.
Here are the 10 things you should know about the magnificent Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge:
1.Undoubtedly a record-breaking architectural icon, the bridge is the first of its kind to combine road and tunnel sea-crossing in the Greater Bay Area of China.
2. It connects an artificial island near Hong Kong International Airport to Macao and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. Plus, it shortens the journey from the airport to Zhuhai from four hours to just 45 minutes.
3.With the length of 55km spanning over the sea, it is 20 times longer than San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge comprises of 12km Hong Kong Link Road, 29.6km Main Bridge and another 13.4km Zhuhai Link Road.
4. Do you know that the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers? The Guardian even has named it as one of the architectural Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
5. Amazingly, they designed it to last the next 120 years. That is two decades longer than the lifespan of most major cross-sea bridges in the world!
6.The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will consolidate Hong Kong’s position as a hub for multi-destination travel within the Greater Bay Area. This area includes nine cities in China’s Guandong Province and two Special Administrative Regions.
7.There are many attractions near and around the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
For example the Hong Kong’s Lantau island is home to the city’s international airport and Disneyland.
Furthermore, visitors can ride the famous Ngong Ping 360 cable car to the Big Buddha statue and Po Lin Monastery.
8.If you ride a boat from Tung Chung to Tai O Fishing Village, you can clearly enjoy the view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Or you can see it during on the cable car ride.
9. On top of that, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge allows those who are in Hong Kong to conveniently visit Macao and Guandong’s tourists attraction spots.
These include the stunning ruins of St. Paul’s in Macao, the Statue of Fisher Girl in Zhuhai, the Kaiping Diaolou, the Seven Star Crags in Zhaoqing and many more. This means you can combine your Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area in one single itinerary!
10.There is a fast and convenient cross-border bus service is available to take travellers over the iconic new bride between Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai. Additionally, it operates 24 hours a day! What are you waiting for? Time to plan that trip!
This article is based on the press release provided by Hong Kong Tourism Board. For more information, please visit http://www.hzmb.hk/eng/index.html