The world’s longest sea-crossing, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opened on Thursday linking Hong Kong to Macau and mainland China.
Made up of the 55km worth of bridges and undersea tunnels that span the Pearl River Delta, the bridge is the fifth longest in the world and is 20 times longer than San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
The bridge contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers and is designed to last up to 120 years, two decades longer than most major cross-sea bridges.
However, to cross the bridge, you’ll need a special permit, according to Lonely Planet, meaning private cars from Hong Kong and Macau cannot make the crossing but they can use a special shuttle bus service that connects to the Hong Kong port.
Travellers can use these shuttles to get from Hong Kong to Macau for around $11.70 AUD, but you’ll still need to pass border control for that all-important passport stamp and visa check.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board said the bridge will boost tourism in both regions, making Hong Kong a hub for visitors from around the world.
“The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge puts a wealth of diverse cultural attractions in Macao and Guangdong within easy reach of Hong Kong, including the stunning ruins of St. Paul’s in Macao, the Statue of Fisher Girl in Zhuhai, the Kaiping Diaolou, the Seven Star Crags in Zhaoqing and many more,” The tourism board said in a statement.
“Visitors can now more conveniently than ever combine Hong Kong and attractions across Greater Bay Area into a single multi-destination itinerary.”