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China Opens Giant Sea Bridge Linking Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland
The New York Times ^ | October 23, 2018 | Austin Ramzy

Posted on 10/23/2018 10:05:02 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

HONG KONG — China officially opened the world’s longest sea bridge on Tuesday after China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and local officials inaugurated the 34-mile structure, which crosses the Pearl River Delta to link Hong Kong with Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.

The project, which includes sections of bridge and artificial islands linked by a four-mile tunnel west of Hong Kong’s airport, went billions of dollars over budget and was delayed by two years. Chinese officials expect the bridge to significantly cut driving time between the two sides of the Pearl River, helping to achieve their vision of a Greater Bay Area, as China calls the effort to knit the region’s cities more closely.

Plans for the opening ceremony were announced just days beforehand, apparently timed to coincide with Mr. Xi’s first trip to the southern province of Guangdong in nearly six years. Mr. Xi’s contribution to the opening event, on an artificial island holding Zhuhai’s port facilities, was modest.

“I declare the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is formally open,” he said, after comments by Vice Premier Han Zheng and local officials, including the leaders of Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Province. Then digital fireworks exploded on a screen behind him.

Why was the bridge built?

The Pearl River Delta — which includes the financial center of semiautonomous Hong Kong, the tech hub of Shenzhen and manufacturing areas in several other mainland cities, including Dongguan — is a powerful economic engine for China. That status was bolstered by transportation projects like a highway linking the eastern cities in the 1990s.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bridges; china; construction; environment; guangdong; hongkong; hzmb; infrastructure; macau; shenzhen; transportation; tunnels
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1 posted on 10/23/2018 10:05:02 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: BobL; GreenLanternCorps; TigerLikesRooster; sphinx

PING.


2 posted on 10/23/2018 10:06:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks ( The US Constitution ....... Invented by geniuses and God .... Administered by morons ......)
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Highlights of HZMB's nine-year-long construction (10/24)
3 posted on 10/23/2018 10:07:28 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks ( The US Constitution ....... Invented by geniuses and God .... Administered by morons ......)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I think I’ll wait a while before I trust going over/under that thing.

The ferries are just fine.


4 posted on 10/23/2018 10:18:19 PM PDT by mindburglar (I like spelling it Lazers. It looks cooler.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Amazing development.


5 posted on 10/23/2018 10:21:07 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’d rather go by ferry from Hong Kong.


6 posted on 10/23/2018 10:22:15 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Congratulations China. That’s a very big deal. Maybe that will inspire the USA to do more on our own infrastructure.


7 posted on 10/23/2018 10:28:52 PM PDT by lee martell (AT)
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To: dinodino

One of my big amazements in China was when we went on top of one of the super tall buildings in Shanghai and looked down on the river that passes through the city. There was a nonstop parade of boats, barges and ships going in both directions, for as far as you could see. It was pretty impressive.


8 posted on 10/23/2018 10:29:45 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

https://youtu.be/NMt_dYTVopM


9 posted on 10/23/2018 10:30:50 PM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-73....8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: mindburglar
"I think I’ll wait a while before I trust going over/under that thing."

As in, how long can it stand up to ultraviolet light from the sun?
10 posted on 10/23/2018 10:39:33 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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My niece went to China with a friend a few years back. They’re both fairly tall and blond. She said they were treated like rock stars wherever they went. Everyone wanted their picture taken with them.


11 posted on 10/23/2018 10:39:39 PM PDT by Ken H (Best election ever!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Where is a good tsunami when you really need one?


12 posted on 10/23/2018 10:42:30 PM PDT by ZULU (Jeff Sessions should be tried for sedition.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That will be a scenic drive - for those who can afford the $21 one-way toll. Stateside bridge fans will have to make do with the 60-year-old 24-mile long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana, which costs only the gas consumed in crossing it. I rather enjoyed that drive, the half-dozen times I’ve done it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Pontchartrain_Causeway


13 posted on 10/23/2018 10:48:15 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (They can have my pitbull when they pry his cold dead jaws off my ass.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s really a great accomplishment.


14 posted on 10/23/2018 11:35:03 PM PDT by familyop ("Welcome to Costco. I love you." - -Costco greeter in the movie, "Idiocracy")
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To: ZULU

Why would you say that?


15 posted on 10/24/2018 12:08:34 AM PDT by stormer
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Sorry. You are right. They are our great friends and we should applausde their technological successes. Their achievements serve to make the world a better place.


16 posted on 10/24/2018 12:23:57 AM PDT by ZULU (Jeff Sessions should be tried for sedition.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Yes. The bridge ends in Zhuhai, right in front of my house. No kidding. So, yesterday I had a meeting with some clients out in Guangzhou and there's this big commotion at my front gate. Police men, media folk, and all kinds of people with cameras and movie apparatus. They were out there taking picture and enjoying the morning air.

Yeah. It's a pretty big thing. Xi Peng came too.

The customs office is really tiny. It is the size of a little garage. But, it's all good. After the trip, I returned home. I didn't even bother to take any pictures. Just took my dog out for a walk to "do his thing" and then back in the house to chill.

My clients were looking at how their ECM's for the car computers in the new lamborghini's were coming along. So we went to the factory, and visited another one making some high end bathroom glass. All is good.

This bridge is cool, but I hope that it doesn't get too busy. I hate too much noise. That is why I moved to where I live in the first place. LOL.


17 posted on 10/24/2018 2:26:36 AM PDT by vannrox (The Preamble to the Bill of Rights - without it, our Bill of Rights is meaningless!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They build...we bicker. At least in China they know how to handle their self-haters.


18 posted on 10/24/2018 4:18:43 AM PDT by BobL (I eat at McDonald's and shop at Walmart - I just don't tell anyone.)
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To: Zhang Fei

The Causeway has a toll, now.


19 posted on 10/24/2018 7:40:47 AM PDT by sportutegrl (Being offended is a choice.)
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To: vannrox
Do you live in this city?


20 posted on 11/15/2018 6:10:47 PM PST by entropy12 (One million LEGAL immigrants/year is too many, without vetting for skills, Wealth or English skills.)
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