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World's longest sea-crossing bridge

Part of the bridge connecting Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai
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The longest sea bridge in the world opened today, nine years after construction first began.

It spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.

All up it cost a staggering $20bn to build. Chinese officials say it will generate up to 10 trillion yuan ($1.44tn; £1tn) for the economy, while critics have called it a "big white elephant" that guarantees no economic return.

World's longest sea bridge: Aerial shots over the Hong Kong-Zhuhai crossing
It connects Hong Kong with mainland China, but the mega-bridge is not without controversy.

China opens the world's longest sea bridge but is it needed?

The new bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau has faced criticism over its cost
The new bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau has faced criticism over its $20bn cost. The engineering achievement, which is 55 kilometres long, opens amid questions about whether it is even needed and suspicions the project had a political motive to bring Macau and Hong Kong closer to mainland China.

Professor Mee Kam Ng from the Chinese University of Hong Kong tells the BBC's Russell Padmore why the opening of the bridge will not be cheered by everybody. 

(Picture: The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Getty Images)

China opens the world's longest sea bridge but is it needed?

The new bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau has faced criticism over its cost
The new bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau has faced criticism over its $20bn cost.

The engineering achievement, which is 55 kilometres long, opens amid questions about whether it is even needed and suspicions the project had a political motive to bring Macau and Hong Kong closer to mainland China.

Professor Mee Kam Ng from the Chinese University of Hong Kong tells the BBC's Russell Padmore why the opening of the bridge will not be cheered by everybody.

(Picture: The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Getty Images)