Macau (MNA) – The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) will be inaugurated on October 23, according to a report from the South China Morning Post, citing Hong Kong’s Beijing Liaison Office as the source.
However, according to the media, it is not entirely clear if the bridge will be opened on the same day.
Xi Jinping is said to be attending the inauguration to be held in Zhuhai on Tuesday but will not visit Hong Kong.
The 55-kilometre bridge, which is touted as the world’s longest sea crossing, has faced multiple delays for its opening date which was originally set to be in 2016.
A drill was hosted by the three governments on September 28 ahead of its opening, which was reported to be in October.
On October 1, Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On has told media that he was not aware of the opening date of the HZMB, saying that he will announce the date “in time to come.”
The Macau SAR Government has yet to announce what the involvement of the local government will be regarding the ceremony or to confirm the reports of the opening ceremony for the bridge.
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