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Ting Kau Bridge (汀九大橋), New Territories
Hong Kong

Ting Kau Bridge is a 1177 metre long cable-stayed bridge in Hong Kong that spans from the northwest of Tsing Yi Island and Tuen Mun Road. It is adjacent to Tsing Ma Bridge which also serves as major connector between the Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island and the rest of Hong Kong. It was completed in 1998. The bridge is toll-free.Ting Kau Bridge is the world's first major 4-span cable-stayed bridge. 

汀九大橋位於藍巴勒海峽,是座三塔式斜拉索橋,長1177米,連接青衣與屯門,能快速到達前往機場青嶼幹線的青馬大橋。汀九大橋1998年落成,是世界第一座4大跨度斜拉橋,過橋無須收費。

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Uploaded: 08/07/2012
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