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October 22, 2018

World’s longest bridge linking Hong Kong to Macau set to open

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and other central government dignitaries are said to be descending upon Guangdong province over the coming weekend. There they will inspect cities, enterprises and universities in the southern economic powerhouse, and possibly preside over the opening of the world’s longest bridge.

Citing multiple sources, newspapers in Hong Kong reported on Wednesday that the highlight of Xi’s packed schedule could be officiating at the inauguration ceremony of the 55-kilometer Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge on October 23.

The record-breaking transport link, lauded as a new engineering wonder and one of the largest man made structures on Earth, includes a 6.7-km tunnel under the Pearl River estuary that is connected via two artificial islands to a main bridge.

Two more reclaimed islands house immigration and customs facilities at either end of the new link.

Travel time from Hong Kong to its sister city of Macau on the western bank of the river as well as the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai will be cut from a one-and-a-half-hour ferry ride to a 30-minute hop on bus.

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