The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was inaugurated last October and links the autonomous Chinese teritory Hong Kong to Macao and China.
The construction is 55 km long and has a 6,7 km tunnel. The price tag is around 20 billion dollars.
The project took 7 years to finish and experts from UK, US, Switzerland, Japan and Holland have been involved. According to Chinese officials it costed 18 lives.
The bridge will half the travel time between China, Macao and Hong Kong.
‘Vertical forest’ towers are coming to China
China is taking green living to new heights, with the construction of two ‘vertical forest’ towers.
They will be built in Nanjing and contain hundreds of trees, plants and shrubs along the facades that will help tackle increasing carbon dioxide levels.
Six hundred tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will cover a 65,000-square-foot area on the buildings, called Nanjing Green Towers.
It’s expected that the greenery will provide 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60kg of oxygen per day.
The taller tower, 600 feet high, crowned on the top by a green lantern, will host offices – from the 8th floor to the 35th – and it will include a museum, a green architecture school and a private club on the rooftop
The Nanjing towers, due to be completed in 2018, will be the first vertical forests in Asia
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“China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The country’s Chang’e-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to “soft-land” on lunar soil in more than 30 years.
The Chang’e-3 probe, named after the lunar goddess said in Chinese folklore to live on the moon, is carrying the Yutu — or Jade Rabbit, the goddess’ companion — lunar rover, a six-wheeled, solar-powered buggy armed with four cameras and two mechanical arms designed to dig for sample soil on the Moon’s surface. According to China’s official Xinhua news service, the pair now rest in the Moon’s unexplored Bay of Rainbows region, which China has been eyeing as a potential landing site since 2010.The Yutu rover will now spend the next three months searching for resources, as its progress is monitored by Chinese controls centers aided by the European Space Agency.
A soft landing, or landing without any damage to the craft or its equipment, is no easy task. In fact, as China’s lunar program’s chief designer Wu Weiren told Xinhua, it’s the most difficult part of the mission. The last craft to land successfully do so was the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 probe, which landed in the Moon’s Sea of Crisis in 1976.“