China opens world’s longest sea bridge and tunnel to connect Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated China’s latest mega-infrastructure project on Tuesday: The world’s longest sea crossing.

The 34.2-mile bridge and tunnel that have been almost a decade in the making for the first time connect the semi-autonomous cities of Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai by road.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge spans the mouth of the Pearl River and significantly cuts the commuting time between the three cities. The previously four-hour drive between Zhuhai and Hong Kong will now take 45 minutes.

One section of the crossing dives underwater into a 4.2 mile tunnel that creates a channel above for large cargo ship containers to pass through.

The project came in over budget — with Hong Kong alone investing $15 billion in it — and delayed, as it was originally slate to open in 2016.

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Pipe dreams: can ‘nano apartments’ solve Hong Kong’s housing crisis?

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The city with the world’s tiniest and costliest living spaces may soon convert drainpipes into homes. The aim is to get young people on the property ladder – but how small is too small?

“Both indoors and out, life in Hong Kong can feel pretty suffocating at times,” says 39-year-old finance worker Wai Li, who rents a 200 sq ft (19 sq m) “nano flat” by herself in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan neighbourhood. Li’s living area is little more than the size of two standard Hong Kong parking spaces.

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‘Born in the USA’ – More chinese women traveling to U.S. to give birth

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When Chinese children are born in America, they automatically become U.S. citizens.

An increasing number of  well-off Chinese women are going to the United States to give birth to their children. Having an American passport can certainly be beneficial, it can also be more of a hassle than one might expect.

 

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World’s Fastest High Speed Internet for Only $26 per Month in Hong Kong

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 Population density in Hong Kong helps its broadband companies reach users at low cost.

Hong Kong residents can enjoy astoundingly fast broadband at an astoundingly low price. It became available last year, when a scrappy company called Hong Kong Broadband Network introduced a new option for its fiber-to-the-home service: a speed of 1,000 megabits a second — known as a “gig” — for less than $26 a month.

 

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McWedddings – McDonald’s to Offer Weddings in Hong Kong

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Toast your nuptials with soft drinks at McDonald’s

We can’t think of a better way to throw traditional wedding protocol out the window than to host it at McDonald’s.  Hong Kong will be the first city in the world to roll out McDonald’s nuptial packages for couples starting January 1 next year. (Pics)

 

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Hong Kong Film to Break New Ground with World’s First IMAX-3D Erotic Film

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Producers are hoping the erotic period drama will prove a hit with 3-D-glasses-wearing audiences and help develop a lucrative, niche film market.

On the leafy fringes of Hong Kong in a shabby film studio, a nude ponytailed actor stretched out on animal-skins with his lover as the cameras rolled in a set evoking a subterranean sex lair in ancient China.

 

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Google Leaving China … sort of

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Google’s long awaited decision

In a long-awaited announcement, Google said Monday that it will stop censoring search services on google.cn, its Chinese search site.
Google said it is now redirecting its Chinese users to Hong Kong site google.com.hk, which offers uncensored search results, according to its company blog.
“We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement,” the company said in its blog post.
The company said it “very much hopes” that the government of China respects its decision, though it is “well aware” that the Chinese authorities could block access to its services for users within the country’s borders.
Google will continue its wider business operations in China, including its ad sales business, though the search company conceded that the size of its sales workforce will be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access google.com.hk.
In addition to search, Google generates revenue from an ad sales business in China, its Android mobile phone operating system and its Chrome browser business. It also runs a host of Web services in China, including e-mail service Gmail.
Analysts widely agree with Google’s assessment that discontinuing its  search operations in China would have an “immaterial” effect on its revenue.
Google.cn had tens of millions of users in China, but was unable to control  more than about a third of China’s search market as it struggled to beat the  tough competition of entrenched search rivals such as Baidu.

In a long-awaited announcement, Google said Monday that it will stop censoring search services on google.cn, its Chinese search site. Google said it is now redirecting its Chinese users to Hong Kong site google.com.hk, which offers uncensored search results, according to its company blog.

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World’s Longest Sea Bridge Under Construction In China

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30-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

China Daily reports the commencement of the 30-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the longest sea bridge under construction world-wide. The six-lane expressway will cut travel time from three-hours to around 30-minutes to and from the densely populated and lucrative centers of manufacturing, finance and tourism located in and around Guangdong Province to Hong Kong.

Restaurant Serves Food Out Of Novelty Toilet Bowls

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A restaurant chain where food is served up in mini toilets has proved a surprise hit in Hong Kong, a news report.  Diners with a taste for the bizarre have been flocking to the Modern Toilet restaurants in the city’s Causeway Bay and Mongkok tourist districts since they opened six months ago.

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Kowloon Walled City

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 Kowloon Walled City

 Sunlight comes only rarely, with a sliver slicing down between the ramshackle towers. The light here is fluorescent and the people packed sardine tight amongst twisting corridors. Some of the lower levels are widely considered uninhabitable due to trash. Up the street (if it can be called that) there’s a drug parlor with an unlicensed “doctor” open for business upstairs. They exist openly: there are no police because there is no law.

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