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    BEIJING (Sputnik) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has opened the world’s longest sea bridge that links Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland city of Zhuhai, media said Tuesday. The opening ceremony took place in Zhuhai on the southern coast of the Guangdong province, the Chinese television reported. It was attended by senior officials and 700 guests.

    The 400,000-tonne sea crossing is designed to withstand 8-magnitude earthquakes and most violent typhoons. its life span is estimated at up to 120 years.

    The construction began in 2009 and was scheduled to end in 2016, but the project was reportedly plagued by corruption, budgets cuts, storms, and deadly accidents.

    It will be opened to regular traffic on Wednesday. It will slash the travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to 30 minutes.

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