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Bridge shortens travel

A SEA-CROSSING bridge linking Zhoushan City, China's only city of more than 1,000 islands in Zhejiang Province, with the country's mainland went into trial operation yesterday.

Costing 13.1 billion yuan (US$1.9 billion), the 46.5km-long Zhoushan Sea-Crossing Bridge, the longest of its kind in the country so far, was completed after 10 years of construction.

The bridge starts at the Zhoushan Island, passing the island of Lidiao, Fuchi, Cezi and Jintang and traversing several watercourses, connecting with the national expressway network at Zhenhai District in Ningbo, an economically strong city of Zhejiang in eastern China.

Its opening means a trip from Shanghai to Zhoushan Island will now take four and a half hours rather than the previous eight.

The bridge will provide a faster route for Shanghai passengers to get to Putuo Mountain, a holy place for Buddhists.

Shanghai long-distance bus services foresee a sharp rise in passengers.

"The opening of the new bridge is good news for us," said Shi Weiwei, a customer official with a long-distance bus station in Shanghai.


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