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World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China

11:40, Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China

The world's longest sea-crossing bridge connecting Hong Kong and Macau to Zhuhai, south-east China is set to finally open this week, nine years after construction began.

The much anticipated Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will open to traffic on Wednesday 9am local time. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to attend an opening ceremony on Tuesday in Zhuhai.

Construction started in 2009 on the massive crossing, which includes a snaking road bridge and underwater tunnel, linking Hong Kong's Lantau island to the southern mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary.

Stretching across 55 kilometres (34 miles), it is 14 miles longer than the width of the English Channel from Dover in the United Kingdom to Calais in France.

World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China
World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China
World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China
World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China
World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China
World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China
World's longest sea-crossing bridge which stretches 34 MILES and cost £14billion to build will open this week in China
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