AttractionsBridge operator has opened bidding for a new development on the eastern artificial island.

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There are calls to turn the eastern artificial island of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge into a world-class tourist attraction.
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Since the longest sea crossing in the world opened in October, the low number of cars and trucks using the 55km bridge has become a major talking point due to problems obtaining relevant permits, high toll fees and customs clearance issues.

Plans are underway to turn one of the artificial islands that make up the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) into a tourist attraction, a move that hopes to address complaints over the commercial viability of the bridge.

The bridge operator, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Authority, has invited entertainment companies to bid for the overall planning and conceptual design of a tourist development with supporting facilities on the eastern artificial island of the bridge, in a notice posted on its official website. The island is close to Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. 

The operator is open to any concept or style for the island attraction, according to a staff member with the project’s bidding agent. 

The operator is stepping up efforts to address complaints over insufficient traffic that could affect the bridge’s commercial viability, as well as increased tensions between visitors and Hong Kong residents due to congestion close to the Hong Kong checkpoint.

Since the longest sea crossing in the world opened in October, the low number of cars and trucks using the 55km bridge has become a major talking point due to problems obtaining relevant permits, high toll fees and customs clearance issues.

Conversely, the bridge has attracted a great number of Chinese tourists, leading to tensions with local residents of Tung Chung on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The new plan would mean that Chinese tourists would not need to enter the city itself.

The 55-km bridge-tunnel system consists of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands.

Official data from the border inspection on the bridge up till end-April recorded more than 8.04 million inbound and outbound passengers, and over 250,000 vehicles, from its opening last October.


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