The world’s longest sea bridge spans 55km and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. In October, Chinese President Xi Jinping commissioned the bridge after a nine-year construction period. It cost $20billion.
The construction built with 400,000 tonnes of steel is designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. To allow for the movement of ships, the bridge has a 6.7km undersea tunnel section running between two artificial islands.
A journey of four hours between Zhuhai and Hong Kong is now 30 minutes through the bridge.
With the successful construction of the masterpiece China again confirms its world-power status. China in its match to development followed the communist path. But it did not model itself after the Soviet Union. After the communists defeated the nationalists in the Chinese Civil War, Chairman Mao launched a socio-political movement known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The goal was to preserve the communion and check capitalist forces.
It succeeded but did not bring large scale economic prosperity to China. When Deng Xiaoping became the leader, he initiated reforms that launched China on the path of economic greatness. Building on this legacy Xi Jinping leads China into a new era.