The 34-mile-long Zhuhai-Macau bridge opens in Hong Kong

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The result of almost nine years of construction, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project even includes a tunnel in its 34 miles across the Pearl River Delta.

Stretching more than 55km (34 miles), the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge spans the Pearl River Delta and is an unparalleled engineering feat.

More importantly, it is a key component in China's plan for a Greater Bay Area covering 56,500 sq km across 11 cities in south China.

Guo went on to suggest that Wang Zhimin (王志民), China's top liaison officer to Hong Kong might also be in danger. Many have questions about how useful the bridge will be, and there are concerns that China's central government might use the bridge as another way to chip away at Hong Kong's independence, as CityLab reports.

Hong Kong residents will only be granted a licence to cross into Zhuhai if they meet highly selective criteria, including holding certain mainland government positions or making major contributions to charities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Others say the bridge is another way for Beijing to bind the autonomous administrative regions closer to China.

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To allow ships to continue passing through the estuary, the bridge plunges underwater for 6.7km midway, via two artificial islands.

"The bridge is not just a mega transport infrastructure jointly built by Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau", Hong Kong's secretary for transport and housing, Frank Chan Fan, said on Friday.

The project also crosses the flight path of Hong Kong's global airport. The bridge is not served by public transport.

The waters under the bridge are home to the Chinese white dolphin, a species whose population is seriously declining, with only 47 of them seen in the year from April 2017 to March 2018.

The construction of the multibillion-dollar bridge had begun in December 2009. Hong Kong officials have previously blamed the death toll on lack of manpower, and earlier this year a court fined several subcontractors over the issue.

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