A BRIDGE spanning the mouth of China's Pearl
River Delta has been a dream for over a decade. It would provide
a physical link but more importantly, a symbolic link connecting
the futures of the most prosperous cities in southern China. The
Pearl River Delta region accounts for nearly 40% of China's gross
domestic product, which is why continuing this growth is important
for the region as well as Beijing.
The Pearl River Delta region is made up of the former British
and Portugeuse colonies of Hong Kong and Macao, and the many
developing cities of Guangdong province.
But the urgency is even greater now that Hong Kong's economy remains
in doldrums for the fifth year, and cities such as Shanghai increasingly
challenge the region's dominance in attracting businesses. Governments,
corporations and influential tycoons all have their own views about
the bridge. How will Gordon Wu's vision for a bridge affect Stanley
Ho's gambling business, Li Ka-shing's container ports empire, Hong
Kong Disneyland's success, or Steve Wynn's new Macao casino ventures?
How will it change the balance of the region's highly competitive
shipping and logistics industries?
Pearl River Crossings explores the many factors
surrounding the bridge proposal in one concise package. See the
a quick overview of the region, different bridge proposals, and
the key persons involved. See different Viewpoints
from the various players, and how different Regions
will be affected by this link. See also how the project faces major
questions about Finances
impact. Finally, the Road
Ahead explores the next steps in realizing the dream.