Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma Bridge is seventh-longest span suspension bridge in the world. The name is brought from the islands where it ends Tsing Yi and Ma Wan. It is an engineering marvel and also one of the most beautiful bridges ever built . The bridge links Tsing Yi Island on the east to Ma Wan island on the west over Ma Wan Channel.
It has two decks and carries both road and rail traffic. The bridge has a main span of 1,377 metres (4,518 ft) and a height of 206 metres (676 ft). The span is the largest of all bridges in the world carrying rail traffic.The 41 metres (135 ft) wide bridge deck carries six lanes of automobile traffic, with three lanes in each direction. The lower level contains two rail tracks.
The bridge was designed by Mott MacDonald.
Construction of the bridge was carried out by a Costain , Mitsui and Trafalgar House in joint venture . Construction was finished in only 5 years from May 1992 till May 1997 and was inaugurated by the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Tsing Ma Bridge has become a favorite tourist attraction in the area and also a famous landmark. In order to watch and get further information about it, one can go to the Lantau Link Visitor Centre and Viewing Platform which is located at the northwest corner of Tsing Yi Island, just next to the Bridge’s Tsing Yi end.
The 41-meter wide bridge deck carries six lanes of automobile traffic, three lanes in each direction. The lower level contains two rail tracks. There are also two sheltered carriageways on the lower deck for maintenance access and as backup for traffic when particularly severe typhoons strike Hong Kong.
Visitors can also have a different spot at the Airport Core Programme Exhibition Centre located about 2 km north of the Bridge.
One of the most interesting thing to know is the fact that the cables that are sustaining the bridge can circle the world four times. Isn’t that amazing ?