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Hangzhou Bay Bridge, Haiyan County

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Hangzhou Bay Bridge is a highway bridge with a cable-stayed portion across Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal region of China. It connects the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province.Construction of the bridge was completed on June 14, 2007, and an opening ceremony was held on June 26, 2007. The bridge was opened to public May 1, 2008, after a considerable period of testing and evaluation. The bridge shortened the highway travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai from 400km to 180km and reduced travel time from 4 to 2 hours. At 35.673km in length, Hangzhou Bay Bridge was among the ten longest trans-oceanic bridges.HistoryThe bridge across the Hangzhou Bay was the subject of various feasibility studies for over a decade before the final plans were approved in 2003. An earlier plan placed the bridge further east, closer to the mouth of the bay, which provided an even shorter travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai. Under this plan, the bridge would begin in the north from Jinshan, a suburb of Shanghai. The government of Shanghai rejected the plan and focused on building the 32.5km-long Donghai Bridge from Shanghai to its off-shore port at Yangshan in the mouth of the bay. The Shanghai government sought to feature Yangshan as the chief port on China's east coast and refused to allow a cross-bay bridge to be built on its territory, which would improve access to the Port of Ningbo at Beilun. The Zhejiang Provincial Government was forced to build the bridge further to the west on entirely Zhejiang territory. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge connects Cixi, a local-level city that is part of Ningbo Municipality, with Haiyan, a county in Jiaxing Municipality. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge has significantly shortened driving distance between Ningbo and the Yangtze River Delta region and improved the competitiveness of the Beilun Port.
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  • This bridge is very simple from architecture point of view, but still breathtaking. Just crossing it is an amazing experience, but I highly recommend to stop at the observation tower, which is located...  more »
  • One of the longest bridges in the universe! Consist of two high bridges over a long strech over the Hangzhou bay.  more »
  • The bridge is really something in terms of length - 36 km and the time it took to build - 4 years and 4 months. Sure, there are no real views due to it being relatively low above the bay and also the ...  more »