The long-awaited Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opens to traffic at 9 a.m. today (October 24). After nine-year construction, it sets a number of world records, becoming the world’s longest sea-crossing and the sixth longest bridge.
An aerial view of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in Zhuhai, Guangdong.
The bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau with Zhuhai is 55 kilometers (34 miles), 20 times that of San Fransico’s Golden Gate Bridge. It starts from San Shek Wan in Hong Kong, and crosses the Pearl estuary to Zhuhai and Macao, in a “single Y-shape”. Operating 24 hours a day, it reduces travel time from Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macao from four hours to about 45 minutes. It will boost the future development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
However, the Y-shaped sea-crossing bridge is unprecedentedly complex. Taking everything into consideration, this project contains three bridges, a tunnel and two artificial islands which successfully coordinate all passageways for air, land, and sea. Besides, the bridge takes on a delicate curve. It can reduce boredom for drivers and guarantee freeway safety in a way.
Apart from construction difficulty and transport safety, the design of the bridge also delivers something special and attractive. Each of these three navigation channel bridges has become a symbol which has a unique Chinese aesthetic concept. There are three shapes for the towers above these three structures: dolphin for Jianghai Navigation Channel Bridge, Chinese knots for Qingzhou, and sail for Jiuzhou resembling a boat’s mast. These shapes correspond to local landmarks, which looks beautiful from various viewpoints. And this design concept all represents people’s best wishes to the bridge.
Chinese knots for Qingzhou Navigation Channel Bridge
In the future, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will play a crucial role in promoting modern service industries. It is helpful for greater cooperation between Hong Kong and the western Pearl River Delta, which is a part of the Bay Area initiative.
The achievement of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge can’t do without the efforts of engineers, workers, and 3D architects. 3D architectural renderings play a significant role in its construction process. The same to your project. And we AIMIR is always your reliable partner to provide high-quality renderings. Just feel free to send email to us at [email protected].