Smooth sailing on first day of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau mega bridge

A new bridge linking the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau opened on Tuesday in the hope it will help boost economic growth in the region.
Officials have repeatedly said that the new bridge would cut travelling time from Hong Kong International Airport to Zhuhai, a southern Chinese city in the Greater Bay Area, from four hours to 45 minutes.
Officials have repeatedly said that the new bridge would cut travelling time from Hong Kong International Airport to Zhuhai, a southern Chinese city in the Greater Bay Area, from four hours to 45 minutes.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Passengers queue for security checks at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Zhuhai Port on Oct 24, 2018.
Passengers queue for security checks at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Zhuhai Port on Oct 24, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
A man buys a bus ticket to cross the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in Hong Kong on Oct 24, 2018.
A man buys a bus ticket to cross the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in Hong Kong on Oct 24, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
The immigration turnstile in the departure hall of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge in Hong Kong.
The immigration turnstile in the departure hall of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge in Hong Kong.PHOTO: AFP
Passengers arrive from the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge on a bus in Macau on Oct 24, 2018.
Passengers arrive from the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge on a bus in Macau on Oct 24, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG - Tourists and curious locals made their maiden journey across the world's longest sea crossing connecting Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland on Wednesday (Oct 24) as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge opened to light traffic at 9am.

Excited passengers and chirpy tour groups gathered in the morning at the Hong Kong bridge port - just east of Hong Kong International Airport - that is connected to the US$20 billion bridge.

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