The longest fixed sea crossing in the world

The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge (HZMB) is the world’s longest sea crossing and the longest fixed link.

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View of the HZMB from a boat off Lantau Island, Hong Kong, November 2018

At a length of 55 kilometres, it consists of a series of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands, as it spans the Lingding and Liuzhou channels. It links the cities of Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai.

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One of the artificial islands

 

The link had been under discussion since the 1980s, but construction work did not start until December 2009, when then-Vice Premier of China Li Keying declared the start of work on the China side.  Work on the Hong Kong side of the project began in December 2011.

After 9 years of work, the crossing opened to the public on 24 October 2018.

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Aerial view of bridge and 2 artificial islands from Ngong Ping 360 cable car, November 2018

 


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 7 November 2018

Posted as part of Photo a Week

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