China Builds Massive Sea Bridge from Mainland to Macau

China has just completed the longest cross-sea bridge in history, which connects Macau, Hong Kong, and mainland China. This bridge will make it easier for Chinese gamblers to visit the world’s biggest casino destination. The 55-kilometer bridge took seven years to complete. It features six lanes, four tunnels, and four artificial islands. According to news […]

China has just completed the longest cross-sea bridge in history, which connects Macau, Hong Kong, and mainland China. This bridge will make it easier for Chinese gamblers to visit the world’s biggest casino destination.

The 55-kilometer bridge took seven years to complete. It features six lanes, four tunnels, and four artificial islands. According to news outlet Al Jazeera, this project required more steel than 60 Eiffel Towers put together.

“We have included a lot of foreign experts from the UK, US, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, and the Netherlands,” said Gao Xinglin, the bridge-building team leader. “They are from around 14 countries.”

Much Faster Commute to Macau

A big advantage to this bridge is that it’ll halve the commute time from the Chinese mainland to Macau. Government officials are confident that the bridge will soon be open to the public, including press members.

“We hope that the friends from the press can take this opportunity to see the new accomplishment of China in the new era and fresh progress of the ‘one country, two systems,'” said Song Ruan, the deputy commissioner at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Macau Bridge Will be Heavily Trafficked

This sea crossing is expected to draw 40,000 vehicles per day, including shuttle buses that run at 10-minute intervals.

“Both [projects] are being hailed as crucial transport links between the mainland and Hong Kong, but critics say it’s another attempt by China to blur the border,” said Al Jazeera reporter Sarah Clarke.

Macau is currently home to 38 land-based casinos. While Las Vegas has over double the amount of casinos, Macau is still the world’s gambling capital when it comes to revenue.

The Chinese enclave earns nearly $30 billion in annual gaming revenue, which is triple what Vegas pulls in. This bridge should only further increase the amount that Macau casinos are able to make.

 

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