Hangzhou Bay Bridge
() is a long highway bridge with a cable-stayed
portion across Hangzhou Bay
in the eastern coastal region of China
. It connects the municipalities
province. At in length, Hangzhou Bay Bridge is one of the longest trans-oceanic bridges
in the world. Construction of the bridge was completed on June 14, 2007, The bridge shortened the highway travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai
from to and reduced travel time from 4 to 2.5 hours.
The current toll rate is RMB ¥80 for a one-way crossing. This applies to all automobiles, both cars and trucks.
The bridge across the Hangzhou Bay was the subject of various feasibility studies for over a decade before the final plans were approved in 2003. An earlier plan placed the bridge further east, closer to the mouth of the bay, which provided an even shorter travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai. Under this plan, the bridge would begin in the north from Jinshan
, a suburb of Shanghai. The government of Shanghai rejected the plan and focused on building the -long Donghai Bridge
from Shanghai to its off-shore port at......