Opening of China's second undersea tunnel is seen to boost the nation's economy

China's road-tunnel network

 Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay undersea tunnel
Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay undersea tunnel

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Second undersea channel completed

Once branded as the sleeping giant of Asia, China has recently completed a very vital project related to its transportation facilities. Last April 28, it has finished constructing its second Undersea Tunnel which is called Qingdao’s Jiaozhou Bay Undersea Tunnel. The Undersea Tunnel links the east and west parts of Qingdao- a coastal city of east China’s Shandong Province, according to local authorities. It spans 7.8 kilometers with 3.95 kilometers undersea, particularly linking the urban Tuandao district and Xuejin Island of Huangdao District, said Xue Qingzing, spokesman of Qingdao City Government.

Project cost

The project costs the Chinese government 3.3 billion yuan which is equivalent to US$485 million. Started in December, 2006, the tunnel will be opened to traffic in the first half of 2011 as per schedule. When operational- it is estimated that travel time from one side of the bay to the other will be cut by 1 hour and 10 minutes

China’s first undersea tunnel facility is already opened to traffic. It was opened Monday, April 26, linking Xiamen island and the mainland in southeastern Fugian Province.

Bridge and tunnel opened to traffic

The bridge is an engineering feat. It's the largest cross-ocean bridge in the world, costing 960 million pounds and took 4 years to build. It's supported by more than 5,000 pillars, spans 24 miles along China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island of Huangdao. Bridge and tunnel were officially opened to traffic on June 30, 2011.

See the video simulation of the Qingdao Bridge, China at the right side. It visualizes an accident in the tunnel and shows how evacuees can escape the tunnel. It is uploaded from you tube only today, June 5, 2012. More ...

Source: Mail Online

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Gurbet 21 months ago

Seeing as my brother, Al Gritz the beogglr, has put what I believe is the first photo of myself on the WWW, I think it's about time I weighed in on this entry. Yes, that is our teen-aged selves in Washington, DC, in July 1969. Our Aunt Fran had generously invited us to stay with her for a couple of weeks in DC where she lived and worked. In later years she would do the same for younger members of the family.It was my first plane trip, and my first time in a big city other than Buffalo, NY. It also was the mid-point in a significant year in recent history. Richard Nixon had just become president. Golda Meir became PM of Israel, and Charles DeGaulle stepped down as president of France. By the end of the year, both Dwight Eisenhower and Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. would pass away. Sen. Edward Ted Kennedy infamously drove off the Chappaquiddick bridge on Martha's Vineyard the night of my 15th birthday. We didn't hear about it until we got to DC, and it was what everyone was talking about. 1969 was the height of the Vietnam War. The civil rights movement was still quite active. There were protest riots on college campuses in both the US and Europe. There were riots in Belfast, Northern Ireland protesting the British military presence there. This was also the summer of the Stonewall riot in NYC, the beginning of the gay-rights movement.It was the summer that John Lennon married Yoko Ono, and wrote the song, Give Peace a Chance . It was the summer of the Woodstock music festival, and also the Manson murders. It was also the summer that US astronauts landed on the moon.We watched the famous One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind late one night at our aunt's place. She and our uncle were not yet married, and he came over for dinner and to share the event with us. I remember Pres. Nixon calling the astronauts after the moonwalk. My biggest disappointment was that I thought we would get to see the astronauts when they came back. At that time it was traditional to give each returning space mission crew a ticker-tape parade in DC. Since they were due back before we left, I thought that was a given. Instead they quarantined the astronauts because they thought they might have acquired mysterious moon germs . Since our dad worked in the aerospace industry helping make some of the parts for the rockets, we had an above-average interest in the space flights.We saw most of the major monuments and a lot of museums. We saw a modern version of a play by Shakespeare at an outdoor theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Al has somehow left the White House and Mount Vernon off the list. I was impressed with the trip to the FBI. We ate breakfast in the cafeteria there. I passed on going to see the Pentagon. While Al went there one afternoon, I took my aunt's dog for a walk down Embassy Row, which was very close to her apartment. The usually well-behaved dog embarrassed me by deciding to bark at some non-English-speaking men coming out of the embassy of Ghana. She also chose to do some business at the lawn of the Swiss embassy. We took a trip to Arlington Cemetary, and saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. We saw JFK's eternal flame. RFK's grave was new and had a simple cross with a small white picket fence around it. That has since been replaced with a permanent memorial. We caught the end of a soldier's funeral and paused to pay our respects. He might have been a veteran from any war, but given at the time the casualty rate in Vietnam was 1000 a month, I have always assumed that was how he passed away. I often wonder which name on the Wall is his. One night we were all taking the dog for a walk in a park. Aunt Fran pointed out a certain large building that was the apartment residences of many politicians. It was the Watergate building, destined to go down in history in a few years. We also went on a Potomac cruise for the Justice Department employees and their families. The head of the Justice Department, John Mitchell was there with his wife, Martha, greeting the employees. They both would be involved with Watergate.It was a summer full of history, both old and new. Al and I had a good time.


Bertha 21 months ago

A few years ago I'd have to pay someone for this iniaomotfrn.


Kauan 20 months ago

Hello Mam, Some years ago I had a VERY vivid dream that I was flying very high above the earth on the back of a White Eagle. I felt ver calm and safe and pufceael. Out perched on its wing to my right as we were soaring was a Black Vulture calmly sitting there. Can you shed light on any meaning to me? I have had dreams a few more times over the years similar to this and wonder if this should mean something to me ..Thank You for any Help .Jeff

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