After years of delays and cost overruns, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge held its official opening ceremony on Tuesday morning in Zhuhai.
Measuring 55 kilometers in length, the Chinese mega-project is expected to boost economic development and tourism in the Greater Bay area – connecting three major economic hubs within an hour drive of each other.
It’s also been touted as a potential game changer for Macau, providing the gaming hub with a fast, direct link to Hong Kong’s international airport.
The ceremony on Tuesday was headlined by Chinese president Xi Jinping, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, and Macau chief executive Fernando Chui Sai On.
Guangdong party chief Li Xi was also present at the ceremony, and in his speech, noted that the opening of the bridge was a “proud moment” after challenges brought on by Typhoons Hato and Mangkhut in 2017 and 2018.
Macau chief executive Fernando Chui during his speech said the opening of the HZMB was a “significant moment” of the Macau SAR Government, marking a “historical day of political and economic significance.”
The bridge, which began construction in 2009, is set to open to traffic on Wednesday, October 24.