Smooth start for world's longest sea crossing

Straits Times Hong Kong correspondent Claire Huang took a shuttle bus from Hong Kong Port to Macau in 35 minutes. She cleared both the Macau and Zhuhai immigration smoothly and bought a RMB 58 (S$11.50) bus ticket from Zhuhai back to Hong Kong Port.
China-bound cars on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge yesterday. The new 55km bridge took nine years to build and overran its budget after a two-year delay to its opening. Officials have said it will cut travelling time from Hong Kong International A
China-bound cars on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge yesterday. The new 55km bridge took nine years to build and overran its budget after a two-year delay to its opening. Officials have said it will cut travelling time from Hong Kong International Airport to Zhuhai from four hours to 45 minutes. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
China-bound cars on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge yesterday. The new 55km bridge took nine years to build and overran its budget after a two-year delay to its opening. Officials have said it will cut travelling time from Hong Kong International A
Passengers in a bus to Macau on the world's longest sea crossing yesterday. Traffic was smooth, even though the shuttle buses were travelling at between 64kmh and 76kmh, much slower than the 100kmh limit.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Tourists and curious locals took their maiden journey across the world's longest sea crossing connecting Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland yesterday, 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 the Hong Kong Inter-national Airport - which is connected to the US$20 billion (S$27.6 billion) bridge.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2018, with the headline 'Smooth start for world's longest sea crossing'. Print Edition | Subscribe