There's now a bridge connecting Honk Kong, Macau, and China
The longest sea-bridge ever built opened this week and it connects Hong Kong, Macau, and China
Last week, it would take roughly three hours to get from Hong Kong to China, now it's possible to make that commute in just 30 minutes. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge officially opened on Tuesday and it will make it easier for tourists and commuters to journey around the region. However, in order to drive down the bridge drivers will need to acquire a special permit or take a shuttle bus for $8-10 per trip.
The bridge has been met with harsh criticism due to the fact that it cost upwards of $20 billion and a lot of it was funded by Hong Kong which is facing its own housing crisis. There are also plenty of endangered species, like the Chinese White Dolphin, in the water where the bridge was built and there is a fear that it could negatively impact the surrounding wildlife.
The bridge itself was built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake and is made up of about 400,000 tons of steel. The bridge is the 6th longest in the world, but the world's largest sea-bridge at 34 miles long.
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