Hong Kong Macau Bridge Opening Launch Treats Public to Tour
On Wednesday, Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China opened traffic to the world’s longest sea bridge. The bridge is designed to connect to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China and has excited travelers who will be making their first journey through the bridge.
Hong Kong’s cross-border coach terminus and bus operators gave away Chinese pastries and roasted meat to passengers and tour groups who were gathered at the launch.
“I wanted to try this and see if it’s convenient. I’ll be checking out the view too, after all this is a historic engineering project,” said Angie Cheng, a 58-year-old woman, who was one of the lucky people to take the the second bus of the day to Macau.
The 55-kilometre (34-mile) crossing links Hong Kong with the southern mainland city of Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary.
With a soothing view of the ocean, mountains and rocky islands, an early bus to Macau allowed passengers to record the whole trip on their smartphones.
Only around 10,000 licencee car owners have been granted the permission to drive private cars to Zhuhai, and only if they meet the selective criteria which includes holding certain mainland government positions or someone who makes large contributions to charities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
Others need to go by bus, and travelers need to go through a selective immigration process at both points to drive on the bridge.