The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, a 55-kilometer (34-mile) sea crossing that connects Hong Kong, Macau, and the city of Zhuhai, will accept its first drivers later this week (Oct. 24). A combination of lengthy bridge segments, a 6-kilometer underwater tunnel, and two artificial islands, the record-breaking bridge has been in development since 2003 and under construction since 2009. When it opens, it will be arriving two years late and more than a billion US dollars over budget. The trip from Hong Kong to Macau, open to only a select few with the proper permits, will be shorter (roughly 30-45 minutes) than the previous options, which include flying or an hourlong ferry trip.
While some media have been allowed to tour the bridge up close, images from a distance showcase the crossing in its full context, connecting two locations over a wide expanse of sea.