World’s longest sea-crossing bridge opens between Hong Kong and China

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Chinese officials are set to unveil the world's longest sea bridge this week after nine years of construction work, advancing the country's interest in connecting three major regions. Experts fear the bridge construction, in addition to expansion of the local airport, have sounded the death knell for the species, and governmental conservation efforts will prove to be too little too late. 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.

The bridge is part of Beijing's "Greater Bay Area" Scheme, aiming to provide better passenger and freight land transport between Hong Kong and Mainland China, integrating the Guangdong province into a better business hub. "The more Hong Kong is integrated into mainland China, the less is there a case for it to be given very special treatment". A single trip on shuttle buses will cost $8-$10, depending on the time of day.

Zheng was director of China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and was a member of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) top-level Central Committee.

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Mo and other critics also point to the huge amount of money spent by Hong Kong - upwards of $9 billion - while the city is dealing with an acute lack of public housing and widespread poverty.

The bridge incorporates 400,000 tons of steel to withstand against natural disasters. The tunnel runs between two artificial islands, each measuring 100,000 square meters (1 million square feet) and situated in relatively shallow waters.

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