Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated the 55 kilometre long Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge (HMZB) which is world’s longest-ever sea bridge today, and it will now be open for public use.

The Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge connects the entire Chinese mainland region with Hong Kong and Macau through a sea link that consists of 22 kilometre long sea-bridge, 6.7 kilometre long underwater sea tunnel and the rest stretching as land bridge. Tagged as world’s longest sea bridge integrating the entire Greater Bay Area (GBA) covering 11 major neighbouring cities was inaugurated by Chinese President Xi Jinping today. The announcement of the opening of the bridge docks was made by the Zhuhai Port in mainland China and officials from Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province were present at the ceremony.

Besides being able to provide easy, quick and continuous commutation option to as many as 29000 vehicles each day, the HMZB is seen as a symbol of the One country-two systems formula adopted by China – allowing Hong Kong and Macao to be substantial political autonomy, while remaining part of China. Build at a cost of $20 billion and an investment of an entire decade, the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge will give a booster to the trade relations in the region and with a population of 68 million people, it will now economically surpass the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. and the Tokyo Bay Area of Japan.

Alongside being an economic booster, the bridge will also help in developing social public-to-public relations as commutation becomes much easier, affordable and quicker with shuttle bus services as well as bullet train network connecting the entire bay region. In the end, it is not just world’s longest bridge, but rather holds much deeper aspects and reasons to make China a fiercer sovereign.