PRESIDENT Xi Jinping (習近平) was a man of few words as he officially launched the world’s longest sea bridge.
“I declare the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge (港珠澳大橋) officially open,” Xi said at Zhuhai’s border terminal, and he ended his speech right there.
The opening ceremony came at 10am on 23 October, while digital fi reworks burst on the screen behind Xi.
The 55-kilometre cross-border bridge cuts the road travel time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong International Airport from four hours to 45 minutes.
The main bridge includes a 29.6km dual threelane carriageway that also comprises a 6.7km undersea tunnel that connects two artificial islands.
The bridge is designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. It opened to the public on the morning of 24 October.
At the ceremony, Xi strode into the ceremonial hall alongside Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuetngor (林鄭月娥), followed by Vice Premiers Han Zheng (韓正) and Liu He (劉鶴). Lam said in her five-minute speech that the bridge will give new momentum to Hong Kong’s future development, converting the city’s role from connector to “participant”.
After the ceremony, Xi took a ride on the bridge and said the bridge reflected China’s comprehensive national strength, independent innovation capabilities, and national ambition to bravely create the world’s best.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 31 October 2018)
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