(China-164) October 23, 2018 – The new bridge that connects Hong Kong to Macao and Zhuhai

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SPECIAL NOTE: I decided to look up the Internet for some information of the distance from Puyallup (town) to SeaTac International Airport (Washington state) and here is the result: “There are 17.84 miles from Puyallup to Seatac in north direction and 20 miles (32.19 kilometers) by car, following the I-5 N route.”  And another surprise, from Puyallup to the city of Seattle…”There are 29.13 miles from Seattle to Puyallup in south direction and 32 miles (51.50 kilometers) by car, following the I-5 route. Seattle and Puyallup are 40 minutes far apart, if you drive non-stop.”  And the new bridge in China is 55 Kilometers long! The world’s longest sea-spanning bridge opens in China…I learned many things about mainland China when I was a visiting professor 2008-2014…that everything in China is big big big! Every time that I had to visit an important place, it meant climbing many many steps from the ground up to the office…it seems that way to me. So the more important a place is, the more steps you have to climb. The only one particular experience is visiting some ancient temples, located way up close to heavens and skies…maybe it is symbolic! I guess someone will soon say, we can see the Great Wall of China from outer space, from the moon, now we can also see this special bridge HZMB from outer space! China is a country of mountains and lakes, beautiful scenic spots in the world. USA is way behind in terms of new infrastructures…but China has invested tons of money to create major highways, now crisscrossing the nation, from east to west, north to south…just like the United States, which once could boast the best highways in the world, NO MORE…now it is China…imagine taking a train from Beijing through many parts of Asia, Europe to London! That is China linking to the rest of the world…imagine taking a train from Beijing, down south to Vietnam, to Thailand to Malaysia to Singapore…it is going to happen…China is spreading its economic influence all over the world…which Trump can only dream about! Steve, USA, Oct 23, 2018    stephenehling@hotmail.com   wechat 1962816801  blog: https://getting2knowyou-china.com

 

HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opens to traffic
(Chinadaily.com.cn) 09:11, October 24, 2018

First vehicles embark on journey envisioned for decades
ZHUHAI – The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge enters the history of human engineering and connection as a point of pride upon its opening to traffic at 9am Wednesday.
One day after President Xi Jinping announced its opening at a ceremony held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, the bridge’s ports in three different administrative regions started serving travelers around-the-clock, opening 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To ensure faster boundary crossings for passengers, the Macao and Zhuhai ports jointly use a one-off immigration clearance model, allowing travelers to queue up only once to finish both exit and entry procedures of the two cities in about 30 seconds.
Apart from private cars, taxis and cargo vehicles, two types of public transportation — shuttle bus and cross-boundary coach – can also run on the HZMB.
Shuttle buses only provide service between the ports of Hong Kong and Zhuhai, and between Hong Kong and Macao, without crossing any boundaries. The frequency is about 5-10 minutes during peak hours.
Advance online ticket booking for the shuttle bus has been available since 9 am on Tuesday.
With the bridge now in service, the traveling time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong International Airport will be shortened from four hours to 45 minutes, and the time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong’s Container Terminals will be cut from 3.5 hours to 75 minutes.

 

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