China never ceases to surprise: the Chairman of the people’s Republic of China XI Jinping opened hardly probable not the most amazing building of the XXI century – the world’s longest sea bridge, informs Rus.Media.
At the opening ceremony of the facility in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, XI Jinping saying, “I Declare the bridge Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau is officially open!”
Local media with humor noted that the speech of the President of China was surprisingly short, which is not true about the length of the bridge – building lasted for 55 km and linked the three important coastal cities: Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. In addition, the bridge will become part of the modern highway in southern China and connects 11 cities and 68 million people living in the area.
The construction lasted 9 years and cost $ 20 billion. Moreover, during the construction of the here, for various reasons, died 18 builders. The opening was postponed several times.
The people of Hong Kong to travel will need special permits. Other options – rent a car, which does not require a permit, or go by regular buses.
The advantage of this architectural wonder is that the bridge can withstand any weather, be it a Typhoon or an earthquake, which is quite often in this region.
Suddenly appeared merciless critics of the project who believe that such a bridge will not pay off, because the soon to be completed railway bridge, which will connect Shenzhen and Zhongshan. Its length is 51 km and it will cost 4 times less than this. There will launch high-speed trains that will seriously compete with buses on bridge Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau.
However, the construction cannot fail to impress: six-lane highway that rises from the sea, goes under water. Length of the underwater tunnel is 7 kilometers!