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MPI Students Visit the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Witness the Development of the Greater Bay Area

For the purpose of understanding the building and development of the Greater Bay Area, Professor Im Sio Kei, the Vice-President of Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) and 40 students have visited the longest seafaring bridge in the world-the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) on 27th January, 2017. The MPI Vice-President and students have been warmly welcomed by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority (HZMBA). MPI encouraged students to be broad-minded and open up their future, so as to bring their advantages to the diversified development of the Pearl River Delta.

MPI students arrived at the point 10km away from the HZMB Main Bridge through the Gongbei Artificial Island. The HZMBA introduced the information that the HZMB is 55km long, has completed its load test at the end of 2017 and will be opened to traffic soon. The HZMB is a complex construction project as it is a dual 3-lane carriageway in the form of bridge-cum-tunnel structure, which had to consider the impacts of typhoon, criss-cross seaways, aviation height restriction and environmental protection. The construction of HZMB has innovated new building techniques in the world and demonstrated China’s competitiveness in architectural engineering.

The MPI Vice-President Professor Im Sio Kei expressed deep gratitude towards the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao S.A.R. and the HZMBA, for the visiting arrangement and warm welcome. Professor Im pointed out that the HZMB will enhance the overall competitiveness of the Greater Bay Area and the integration of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. MPI students therefore should enrich themselves and seize the opportunity of the development of China and Macao under the “One Country, Two Systems” framework.

MPI students were thrilled while walking on the HZMB and they are proud of China for building such a world-class mega construction project. A year 2 student of the Computing programme was grateful to the thousands of staff who contributed to building the HZMB, and will expect to take advantage of it after it is opened to traffic. A Brazilian student of the Sino-Lusophone Trade Relations programme was amazed by China’s architecture and construction capabilities; he is confident about the career prospect of the programme he is studying. The MPI Student Affairs Office, which organized this visit, encouraged students to look into the future positively and strive to contribute their strengths to building up the Pearl River Delta and the country.

MPI students visit the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

MPI students at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Pylon

By visiting the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, MPI students are walking on air

MPI students take photos on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

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