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Greater Bay Area infrastructure development makes progress

(Xinhua)    07:33, February 22, 2019

The infrastructure development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has made solid progress.

A modern transport network is taking shape. The 55-km-long Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is a model project of Greater Bay Area connectivity.

This supergiant sea-crossing bridge opened to traffic in October 2018. Situated in the waters of Lingdingyang of the Pearl River Estuary, it connects Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong Province.

In September 2018, the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link began operation.

The 141-km Express Rail Link includes 115 km on the Chinese mainland and 26 km in Hong Kong. Over the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday this year, more than 400,000 passengers arrived in or left Hong Kong via the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail.

This rail enabled veteran doctor Chin Maolin and his wife to return home in Hong Kong more easily. The Chins have been living in Guangzhou for years. They had to take bus and ferry for their trips home in past Lunar New Years. But this year, it took them less than an hour to get home on the high-speed train.

Ports are being developed fast as well. The development of university campuses, industrial and science parks, and innovation incubators is accelerating.

With mature infrastructure, the Greater Bay Area is bustling with business opportunities.

Stephanie Young, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, said infrastructure development will further strengthen the ties among cities in the region.

It is a boon to all sectors, including tourism. "It will certainly bring more tourists to Hong Kong," Young said.

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