Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western CorridorEdit profile
The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor is a 5.5-kilometer (or 3-mile), dual three-lane carriageway connecting Hong Kong to the Chinese city of Shenzhen. It is also a port of entry to Hong Kong. Construction on the link began in 2003. The 3.2-kilometer, or 2-mile, Hong Kong section was completed in 2005. The corridor was scheduled for completion in 2006 but owing to the delay in the construction of the Shenzhen section and legal issues about applying the Law of Hong Kong in co-location of immigration and customs facilities in Chinese territory, it was officially opened on 1 July 2007 by President Hu Jintao of China. The biggest section of the link is the 4,770 m (15,650 ft) bridge spanning Deep Bay and Shekou. The single tower cable-stayed bridge allows for the southern and northern navigation channels of the Sham Chun River. There are two customs clearing areas in Shenzhen Bay Control Point, one managed by the Hong Kong Customs and the other by Chinese Customs. It can handle 58,600 vehicles and 60,000 cross-boundary tourists per day. The link's biggest player is the Gammon- Skanska-MBEC Joint Venture.
Chinese and Hong Kong Immigration co-location
Chinese and Hong Kong immigration and customs are co-located on Shenzhen side. Hong Kong government has to pay rent to Shenzhen government for the use of the area, amounting to about HK$5million per year. The rental agreement lasts until 30 June 2047.
Four public bus routes run on this corridor. They are operated by the New Lantao Bus Company and Citybus.
- B2 to and from Yuen Long
- B3 and B3A to and from various location of Tuen Mun
- B3X to and from Tuen Mun (express service)