The Hong Kong government has announced a £60bn plan to build a series of artificial islands.
In total, the government wants to reclaim 1,000ha of land to create additional housing.
Authorities said they hope to start land reclamation work in 2025, so that residents can move to the island in 2032.
The plan involves building four artificial islands off the coast of Hong Kong’s largest island, Lantau.
The islands would be the city’s most expensive infrastructure project, outstripping the cost of building the Hong Kong international airport which cost around £20bn and opened in 1998.
In total, the land would provide up to 260,000 flats, more than 70% of which would be used for public housing, the government said.
An artificial island was recently constructed in Hong Kong’s waters as part of construction for the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge the world’s longest sea crossing.
The bridge opened in October last year, nine years after construction began.
The £15.3bn Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge is 55km long and connects Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai. The artificial islands connects the bridge to a tunnelled section of the crossing (image above).
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