October 24, 2018
Opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was held in Zhuhai
A ceremony to mark the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was held in Zhuhai on October 23, 2018. President Xi Jinping announced the bridge’s opening at the ceremony while Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the bridge will provide impetus to Hong Kong’s development, boosting both passenger and freight traffic.
Mrs Lam said the bridge, which will open to traffic tomorrow (October 24), will make Lantau a “Double Gateway” to the world and other Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area cities, as the Hong Kong Port is adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport.
The government will seize these opportunities, and the Lantau Tomorrow Vision announced in the Policy Address will help build a better future for Hong Kong, she added.
After the ceremony, President Xi, Mrs Lam and leaders of the Central Government, Guangdong Province and the Macao Special Administrative Region toured the bridge and met personnel involved in the bridge’s management and construction.
The 55-km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB), comprising the 12 km Hong Kong Link Road, 29.6 km Main Bridge and 13.4 km Zhuhai Link Road, is the longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing in the world. Operating 24 hours a day, HZMB puts major cities in the Pearl River Delta within a three hours' commute from Hong Kong; and it will take only 40 minutes to travel the distance of approximately 42km from Hong Kong Port to Zhuhai Port and Macao Port.