Behold The World’s Longest Bridge!
The world’s longest sea bridge has officially opened!
This 34-mile bridge connects Hong Kong and Macau to the Chinese mainland city of Zhuhai. And guess what? It’s going to reduce the commute by a lot! Officials say it will cut travel time between those three cities from several hours to about 30 minutes!
This massive bridge cost $20 billion – and the bridge was built to withstand a magnitude-8 earthquake, a super typhoon and super-sized cargo vessel collisions, CNN reported.
As CNN also reported, the bridge is one of the world’s most unusual roadways, reportedly boasting special features like yawn-detecting cameras and blood pressure-monitoring machines!
However, The Washington Post points out that Hong Kong didn’t really need this, since a boat could also get you to the mainland in a half hour…
As The Washington Post Reported:
Critics also balk against the rising number of tourists and workers from Chinese cities into dense Hong Kong and the even more crowded gambling hotspot, Macau.
Taxpayers in Hong Kong had to foot almost half the bill. And it’s not easy for anyone just to pop on the new span.
Travelers need to go through a complicated system to get permits from all three cities — a process that may take nearly two weeks — and will also have to get insurance in all the cities.
Comments on a Hong Kong government video explaining the process mocks the supposedly simple process for being unduly bureaucratic, and notes that Hong Kong residents can simply take a ferry to Macau, for instance, without any such requirements. Permits for private cars allowed to cross the bridge will also be limited initially to just 5,000.
Hmmm….so it won’t be easy to use – imagine seeing signs like this telling you what to do:
We’ll see how this all goes…the pictures point out that it becomes a tunnel for much of its length, much like the “Chunnel” across the English Channel.
I have reported on China’s fascination with bridges before, like this “mega bridge” that hovers over China’s farmers…
Oh, they also like glass bridges in China like this one – except it cracked, which as you can imagine isn’t good for business!
You can see more pictures of the “cracked” glass bridge in China here:
I also shared another bridge – this one in Vietnam which is much more spiritual in nature:
Click here to see more of the “Golden hands bridge”:
Let me know what you think of the world’s longest bridge!