World's longest sea bridge opens between Macau, Hong Kong and mainland China

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World's longest sea bridge opens between Macau, Hong Kong and mainland China

After a number of delays, China is preparing to open the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world. Supporters say the bridge will massively reduce the time it takes to travel between the three places, reducing journey times from three hours to 30 minutes.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to attend a ceremony in Zhuhai on Tuesday, along with top officials from Hong Kong and Macau, with the bridge opening to public traffic Wednesday. The bridge is part of Beijing's " Greater Bay Area" Scheme, which aims to provide better transport links between Hong Kong and mainland China.

An aerial view shows construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in June 2016 in Zhuhai in China's Guangdong Province. Many have questions about how useful the bridge will be, and there are concerns that China's central government might use the bridge as another way to chip away at Hong Kong's independence, as CityLab reports.

Hong Kong fears that it will receive more tourists now.

According to Guo, Zheng and Meng knew each other well, and their misfortune is interlinked.

"Hong Kong has had to fund a lot of the bridge, but we won't see many benefits here", Mo said.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was built to withstand magnitude 8 earthquakes, a super typhoon and strikes by super-sized cargo vessels. This figure also includes an underground tunnel which is approximately 4.1 miles (6.7 km) long and allows ships to easily pass over the roadway. Officials also pledged to be careful to protect Chinese white dolphins that live in the delta.

The project also crosses the flight path of Hong Kong's global airport.

Hong Kong's secretary for transport and housing, Frank Chan Fan, said: "The bridge is not just a mega transport infrastructure jointly built by Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau".

While there seems to be genuine excitement about the bridge from shipping and transportation companies, people in Hong Kong have mixed feelings about it. During the construction of the bridge, seven workers died and 275 were injured.

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