The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is seen in the morning sunshine, Dec. 27, 2017.(Xinhua/Liang Xu)
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) has made traveling during the just-concluded Spring Festival holiday a lot easier, meeting the massive mobility needs of holidaymakers on the go in Hong Kong, Macao and cities in the southern province of Guangdong.
The same shuttle bus can take you directly from downtown Hong Kong to your hotel in Macao with a short stop at the Passengers Clearance Building.
Because Zhuhai and Macao share one port, traveling between the two cities requires going through the customs once. However, for trips around the Pearl River Delta that include Hong Kong, travelers will need to deal with customs authorities twice.
The bridge, which opened on October 24 last year, is the world's longest sea bridge, stretching 55 kilometers. It includes a 22.9-kilometer steel bridge, two artificial islands, and an undersea tunnel that spans 6.7 kilometers, the world's longest of its kind.
The bridge cuts traveling between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to 30 minutes, making it easy to travel between the cities and integrating them with the fast-developing area.
The shuttle fee during daytime from Hong Kong to Zhuhai or Macao is about 56 yuan (8.3 U.S. dollars), and around 60 yuan (8.9 U.S. dollars) at night (from 24:00 to 05:59 the next day), lower than what it costs to take the ferry.
Children under 12, seniors and people with disabilities are charged half the regular ticket price.
The bus ride is short, and the surrounding views are breathtaking, so make sure to keep your eyes open.