Friday, July 1, 2011

China Opens World's Longest Cross Sea Bridge,Pics & Video

China opened the world's longest bridge over water on Thursday.

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26.4 miles long, according to Guinness World Records. It links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to Huangdao island Stretching across the wide blue waters of Jiaozhou bay, the vast Y-shaped bridge connects the booming Northern port city of Qingdao with an airport built on a nearby island and the industrial suburb of Huangdao.

The first motorists to roll onto the bridge’s six-lane, 110ft-wide, highway halved their journey time to the other side of the bay to just 30 minutes.

While the bridge will eventually charge cars 50 yuan (£4.80) for the crossing, for a month the drive will be free.While traffic on the bridge was sparse on its opening, city officials predicted that 30,000 cars a day would eventually cross it each day.

“It is a magnificent and very advanced bridge,” said Li Qun, the local Communist party secretary, at the opening ceremony.

CCTV said the 110-foot-wide bridge cost more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion). However, the Xinhua news agency put the cost at $2.3 billion and Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported its price tag totalled more than $8.8 billion.

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