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World’s Longest Bridge Opens

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The $15 billion, 55-kilometer (34-mile) bridge, which Xinhua says is the world’s longest sea link, opened for traffic. It is estimated to carry some 29,000 cars and trucks daily between Zhuhai on the mainland and Hong Kong.
The bridge links Hong Kong’s Lantau island to Zhuhai on the southern coast of Guangdong province and the gambling hub of Macau, a popular tourist spot for Chinese visitors. The mega-structure is supported by three cable-stayed bridges and designed to withstand typhoon-force winds of up to 340km an hour.
The project is part of President Xi Jinping’s sweeping plan to knit the so-called Greater Bay Area in southern Guangdong province into a high-tech megalopolis to rival California’s Silicon Valley. It also envisions a better marriage between China’s industrial might and its one-party state and the liberal, capitalist bastions of Hong Kong and Macau, which have their own passports, currencies, trade policies, courts and civil rights.

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